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Old 12-14-2012, 11:18 AM
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Yup and once the wire is cut you have to dig up your road to find it.
Yeah, that would be ugly for sure. For the most part the ground was just dirt, with very few rocks. On the upper side of the mountain they ran into a lot of rock, and conduit is being used in that area.
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:21 AM
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I assume that is to prevent rock damage to the cable?
Around here, the underground lines are bedded in and covered with sand for the same purpose.

We also lay down tape above the cable, normally about 2' below grade.


Here's the benefit for someone down the road. Operators know to stop immediately when they find red or yellow tape in their trench.
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:54 PM
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Zoomer, you operate in a fantasy world. That is where the tape is supposed to be. I have found it 2-3 inches above the wires it was supposed to mark. Dug up an old red shirt once along a creek and scared the crap out of me. I will tell you the phone and cable guys are the worst for not marking at all or laying it right on top the wire. Probably cut at least 20 of theirs over the years. Gas lines and primary are what you need to worry about. They both can go boom!
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Zoomer, you operate in a fantasy world. That is where the tape is supposed to be. I have found it 2-3 inches above the wires it was supposed to mark.
Nah, I live in a non-commercial world. It's how I do it but I'm not in the hurry others are so I have time to do it right.
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I assume that is to prevent rock damage to the cable?
it also allows drainage around it all....this is why your build i like for the comparing of building regs...live a little learn a little.
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Around here, the underground lines are bedded in and covered with sand for the same purpose.

We also lay down tape above the cable, normally about 2' below grade.


Here's the benefit for someone down the road. Operators know to stop immediately when they find red or yellow tape in their trench.
we do the same here..gas..electric...water main...shit do i wsh that was every where it would have saved me shit loads on extension work
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Construction will use 2X6 framing techniques with blown insulation throughout.
Do yourself a favor and just take the time to study up on spray foam insulation and it's advantages. R values alone do not tell the whole story. I have it and would never go back to anything else. Tight as a thermos bottle. Sounds like this is what you striving for in your energy house. By the looks of your pictures you have a few days to get up to speed.
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TR, any idea of the timeline for payback between blown and sprayed insulation? I put sprayed insulation in the walls of a recent addition, but put blown in the ceiling due to cost.

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TR, any idea of the timeline for payback between blown and sprayed insulation? I put sprayed insulation in the walls of a recent addition, but put blown in the ceiling due to cost.

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I do not Bob. Not officially anyway. My studies of R ratings on different types of insulation including thermal conductivity led me to believe that foam was the best for me in the high wind area I live in. I had R19 walls, R38 ceilings and it still felt like the wind was blowing right through the house. Because it was.

My most recent remodel of the second floor with all foam has resulted in a noticeable reduction in heating. I am currently at 2400 degree days for the season and 1.5 tons of pellets used. Last year at this point I was around the same in degree days give or take but pellet usage was up by about 15 bags or 600 pounds of pellets. Based on this I should be down 1 ton for the season over last years usage. Huge.

I do not know for sure what my new R ratings are and it really doesn't matter I guess because comparing foam with fiberglass or blow in is comparing apples to oranges to a certain degree.
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Do yourself a favor and just take the time to study up on spray foam insulation and it's advantages. R values alone do not tell the whole story. I have it and would never go back to anything else. Tight as a thermos bottle. Sounds like this is what you striving for in your energy house. By the looks of your pictures you have a few days to get up to speed.
Yep, agreed TR! We plan to use sprayed Icynene Insulation throughout the home. Every effort will be used to make the home as energy efficient as possible.
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Yep, agreed TR! We plan to use sprayed Icynene Insulation throughout the home. Every effort will be used to make the home as energy efficient as possible.
Wish I felt good enough to jump in and help ya !!!!
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The weather and holidays put a stop on work until day-before-yesterday. Funny about these guys up here, they won’t work on weekends. Now Sunday I understand, but wouldn’t you think that if you hadn’t worked in 3 weeks because of rain/snow/mud that you would be anxious to get to the jobsite on the next sunny day, even if it was Saturday? But that’s now how it works out here. Hell could freeze over but the job site will not be visited on Saturday...

So we finally hit a couple of sunny days (that didn’t fall on a weekend) and we got the last 500’ of ditch covered up. I hope to get rock on the driveway on Monday if it doesn't rain. Couldn't do it today even though the sun is shinning and the weather is perfect and nobody has worked but 2 days in the last month. Know why? Cuz it's friggen Saturday, don't you know...

This first picture is taken standing just below the pad and looking down the driveway. The square cement mini-pad is for the power company to set their transformer on.



This picture below shows the driveway that will go in front of the house with an auxiliary parking space to the left in the picture.



And picture 3 is taken looking back at the house site when standing in the auxiliary parking space shown above.

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It you wern't so friggin' cheap and dug down a little and paid time and a half you might get these guys to show up on Saturday.
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I take it from looking at the last picture , you will have a "Day light" basement on the first floor .

The bank in front of the cut looks pretty steep ??? Any way of grading it to low slope angle . Sure would be a lot easier to get around if need be ?
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I take it from looking at the last picture , you will have a "Day light" basement on the first floor .

The bank in front of the cut looks pretty steep ??? Any way of grading it to low slope angle . Sure would be a lot easier to get around if need be ?
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Yes to the day light basement, or what we prefer to call the game room. And no to grading it as to do so would cut into the walkway / landscaping that is in front of the day light basement (game room). The current plan is to put some stacked stone on the bank so it will have some "curb appeal".
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squerly, that machine in post 2, has that got a name~

there's 1 over by the Church & u can see them using it here & there.
the other conversation is on u guys. except for spray insulation. that stuff worked fer 2 minutes @ my Dad's.
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squerly, that machine in post 2, has that got a name~

there's 1 over by the Church & u can see them using it here & there.
That machine is called a track hoe. Mostly they're used to ski with but you can use them to dig holes too.

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[quote=squerly;590809]Beautiful site. I imagine you'll drop a number of tress along the roadway to capture the view. Can't wait! Hurry up!
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Finally getting a run at it; got the road finished and covered with rock. Footers are dug and rebar will be going in tomorrow.





Rebar arrives!







Porta-John showed up next!



Wife (Trish) is watching as her front yard is being cleared!



And this nice Oak was harvested for the beams that will cross the living room ceiling. The tree measured 30" in diameter and is 45' long. The world rocked for about 5 seconds when it came down!



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Squerly,

Do you have a driveway to the upper floor of the house or just to the walk-out basement?

I ask because at least around here, the front door is by some definition the primary entry and the tax man taxes from that floor up as living area. Basements are taxed at a lower rate. I have a "front door" from the driveway and from that floor up is "living area". My back doors are for a walk-out family room and office. They tax that as "basement".
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