building Man Cave One in Scottsdale AZ

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  1. walkingbear

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    This morning we had visitors to the site. The creators of Omni block was using the project to demostrating the the use of inserts and how easy it was to build.

    Another 3 feet has gone up since Monday.

    Keep an eye on the cactus as it will disappear soon.

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    Rebar inserted to give strength to the ledger. The blocks were notched and the re-bar will lay on top with gout poured in.
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    Watch this cactus .. it will be gone from sight by Friday.
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  2. walkingbear

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    Another inspection in the morning. Gout in the afternoon. We are going to need another 1/2 truck load of blocks. This thing is going to be big.

    The yard needs a good cleaning after the masons are gone. I went out and got the water timer since the Dust Nazi will return to check.
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    Front door is finished

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    View from the lower garage facing east (nice windows letting in lots of natural light)
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    Side entry to the upstairs...

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    Lots of steel lentals for windows and I-beams.

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  3. C-Stain

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    I've been following your posts with great interest. It looks like you have a REALLY nice Man Cave shaping up. But, for those of us in the Northern Climes, can you please explain the Dust (Nazi) Inspector?
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  4. walkingbear

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    EPA required AZ to come up with a plan for air polution. The dust in AZ is full of spores (look up valley fever) and to keep the dust and air bourne spores some what controlled .. all projects distrubing 5000 sf of dirt has to have a dirt control plan. Mine is to water twice a day for 30 mins. I have hoses and sprinkler set on two 30 foot radius covering the road path. At the end of the driveway I have 4 tons of 1/2 gravel to capture loose soil before it hit the street.

    Some larger projects would want a water truck watering all day. I have produced very little dust since we had a good amount of clay in the soil.

    They issue a waring to the mason contractor for not using water on the cinder blocks while cutting them (good grief :eek1) so we ran an additional hose to the block cutter today.
    The job of the inspector is to create hell for the builder but it's a job that really keeps the dust down especially during the summer months.

    WELCOME TO MARICOPA BUILDING.
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  5. walkingbear

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    Some have asked about the second level. Here is the drawing.
    We have made some changes on he fly. A 2nd door to a deck have been added to the Southwest corner.

    NORTH FACING TOWARD THE GARAGE DOOR

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    SOUTH FACING TOWARD PHOENIX VALLEY
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  6. walkingbear

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    Just some pics from early morning in AZ

    I love the shadows of the day and mixture of materials (metal, wood, block and sand) I take pictures as a hobby and
    the building of a structure has great beauty.

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    Two guys stacking block, back breaking work they are exact on their counts to make the task easier on the stackers.
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    The stacks against a blue sky
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    Rob the electrician replacing that burnt out buse. No power for a few hours.
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  7. walkingbear

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    The gout was order and I ask Gordon if he had enough ( he order 3 yds)
    I said I think you are a 1/2 off. Well .. he was .. there were lots of voids in the cinder block that needed to be filled. 2nd truck showed up an hour later. Pushed the inspection until Thurs. Day behind.

    This afternoon I was just taking pics. Enjoy
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  8. Tessitori

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    I will have to ride out from San Francisco for the airhead tech day in October; hopefully an airhead is not a requirement to attend!
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  9. airborndad

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    There's a Pinnacle Peak resturaunt in San Dimas, Ca about 1/4 mile from where I grew up, same deal with the ties being cut off
    Now I know where it got it's name from :1drink

    Nice build I'm Jealous :clap
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  10. walkingbear

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    Another 5 rows are up. The windows on the west side are framed out .
    The east side has the metal lental in and the top beam to the garage is now attached and blocked by this afternoon.

    Morning photo of beam on top



    Afternoon photo with the cinder blocks on the beam

    West side windows and door way to the upstairs.
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  12. airborndad

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  13. walkingbear

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    Sparky and his helper were here this morning. They ran the conduits to the second level and outside fixture for the deck.

    Block has reach 12 ft on the front section. Working on add rebar to second level and to the 16th ft level on the over the auto lift should be finished this afternoon.
    Masons are coming Saturday to finish to the rest of the walls .. and will have grout poured in Monday and inspection. They can then finish to the 18ft level on Tuesday
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    Framing plan to start the 18th

    Dust Nazi wanted the hose moved to cover more of the lot.

    Pics later this afternoon

    The house inspector showed up this morning .. happy and all smiles

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  14. walkingbear

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    This was on 5/31/12
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  15. Tech23

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    This man cave is shaping up to be a Garage Mahal. I may have to take a ride over for the "grand opening".

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  16. walkingbear

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    The cost of building a little bigger is not that much. You still had to do the digging, footers. electrics and everything else. Adding block is fairly cheap compared to everything else.

    We decided to build the garage this large to house the Sprinter Van ( 8'6 tall) and for resell.. there are collectors of fine and vintage cars in the area.
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  17. Infracaninophile

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    Nice project. I built a 36x30' last year with 10' high garage doors and a 11' ceiling height. Large doors and a tall ceiling gives the feeling of a bigger space. The same size garage with 8 or 9' ceilings looks funny.

    Why did you use cement blocks versus other materials? I must of missed it.

    Tom
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  18. walkingbear

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    We are using sustainable materials. With the Omni block the insulation is already factory in. With the wood framing we would still have to insulate, drywall the inside and then foam and wire mesh the outside for stucco.

    Omni block is contain. Paint the inside wall and stucco right on top of the cinder /omni block. Cost difference was $7K. The block had a better R and fire rating.

    I built the largest garage for my needs at the moment. New building codes are requiring a lot of steel for block and you have to meet new energy guide lines. Framing vs Block ..I think block has a cleaner look and I don't have to worry about termites.

    Lots of research before I committed to the Omni block.
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  19. GH41

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    You have to worry about termites if you have any wood in the structure. They will scale a 10 foot block wall to eat the rafters. They will travel a small void or crack behind the stucco finnish and they love to travel through styrofoam. I assume the building department required a treatment before approving pouring the footings and slab. GH
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  20. walkingbear

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    yes, treatment cost me $400 bucks.