We're building an ICF house

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by adam_c_eckhardt, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. adam_c_eckhardt

    adam_c_eckhardt halfway there

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    :lol3 20KW eh? At least you and I can share a laugh over that!

    Thanks for the info Jeff. I REALLY appreciate it. And I'd be curious as to how the numbers would pan out- if you shoot me some numbers (NO RUSH) that'd be great.

    Let me know what kind of beer you like and I'll have some waiting for you next time you visit.
  2. ian408

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    Just go with the gas fired hot tub :lol3
  3. adam_c_eckhardt

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    Ordered $1000 worth of circuit breakers today (damn arc fault breakers!). Only hot tub I'll be seeing anytime soon is a free one!
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    I learned about those at my last job. Imagine trying to explain how come a breaker costs $1000 :lol3 All I can add is hopefully, the electrician knows how to install them properly.
  5. adam_c_eckhardt

    adam_c_eckhardt halfway there

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    Well they're about $37 a piece but I need 19 of them. Throw in a handful of standard single pole 20 amp, a few double poles, etc, and it'll be pushing a grand.

    Yeah I'm pretty sure the electrician knows how to install them. Someday maybe the panel manufacturers will make a panel that has grounding bars and neutral bars on BOTH sides. :deal
  6. Going_Commando

    Going_Commando Been here awhile

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    Did you not see the grounding bars for sale at home depot and all the extra drilled and tapped holes in the back of the panel enclosure? :lol3
  7. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    The thing that pisses me off about the AFCI breakers is the failure rate. The ones that we've put in remodels 4-5 years ago are starting to trip for no reason more and more often. I'm not a fan of AFCI and tamper proof receptacle requirements.
  8. Going_Commando

    Going_Commando Been here awhile

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    Check to make sure the grounding conductor isn't touching the neutral screws on receptacles. I had an AFCI circuit that kept tripping, and that ended up being the problem. When installing 150 receptacles in a dwelling, this can happen.
  9. adam_c_eckhardt

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    Shadddup.

    I'm going to design the perfect panel and laugh all the way to the bank. :lol3
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    Going_Commando Been here awhile

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    Siemens can and neutral layout, and square-d QO breakers. You're welcome :lol3
  11. adam_c_eckhardt

    adam_c_eckhardt halfway there

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    Wife put some teak oil on some more of the fir trim components.
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/foKfw8evjBH87ikzj9hO29MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-uQ81C7IQkCg/UTpzdAUQQOI/AAAAAAAAAgU/S6urUT9y8RA/s640/P3020018.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/115670853405340716908/March82013?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">March 8, 2013</a></td></tr></table>

    The crew installed the fir "backer plates" for the brackets.
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    And the siding showed up today!
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    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/429JtCvwauOqmEg1ZMuIQNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-jrza9HJuUYg/UTpzztwUfxI/AAAAAAAAAgg/iQWmsvoOVm8/s640/P3080028.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/115670853405340716908/March82013?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">March 8, 2013</a></td></tr></table>
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_5G_iWN0c41NyJvy98MSz9MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-uesFBn-ciy4/UTpz2jPGbtI/AAAAAAAAAhA/4QcYUEFxZ3U/s640/P3080032.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/115670853405340716908/March82013?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">March 8, 2013</a></td></tr></table>

    We're pretty happy with the color. These pictures seem a little off to me- the trim goes really well with the siding in real life. The trim color is called "rocky coast" by Benjamin Moore, and Certainteed calls the siding color "pewter." I was kinda worried that the siding would look too silver or grey, but there's a hint of blue that goes nice with the dark grey trim. And MOST important- the wife loves it. (Good, because it was her choice, and she's been dreading it since it was ordered!).

    Wiring should be done by Sunday. Central vac should be installed too.
  12. kobudo28

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    Looking good A!!!!!!!!!!!

    Happy wife, good life.
  13. Da Bear

    Da Bear Twisted toy maker

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    Looks great! Have you any estimate on a move in date? I You're off the hook for a visit from us this year, so you have time to get that parking space done...........
  14. adam_c_eckhardt

    adam_c_eckhardt halfway there

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    The GC and I have a very good line of communication going. If I sense any bit of tension with the wife, I alert him, and he makes the problem go away. He's fucking awesome. :deal Every time I thank him for something and say "E is happy" he responds, "Happy wife, happy life!"

    We extended our rental lease through the end of April. We should be in by then even if there are a few odds and ends that need finishing. The GC said they'd jump to indoor work as soon as the plumbing is done. Worst case scenario we'll be moved into a house that's not finished on the outside, or has some trim needing work in "extra" rooms.
    In all seriousness- you're welcome to visit anytime. Your parking spot shrank more than I wanted it to, but we'll make room for you. :lol3
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    Piston Been here awhile

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    Adam,
    I'm just catching up with your progress again. It really looks like it's coming together now, looks really good!
  16. adam_c_eckhardt

    adam_c_eckhardt halfway there

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    Had a productive weekend.

    The rough wiring is done everywhere but the utility room. All 3 panels are complete and look nice and neat. The electrician put in 2 long days to make it all work.

    I also installed the cental vac, which didn't take long. I've actually gotta glue the last two fittings in the basement. I didn't buy enough of them so once I have them it'll be done. 5 minute job.

    Even though a lot got done it was rather clumsy. If I was working at heights this weekend I'd probably be dead now. :lol3

    I cut one of my knuckles wide open. Don't know how- just looked down and saw blood. Not 5 minutes later I put a gash in my other hand because I slipped with a chisel.

    Today I was digging a ditch to channel running water around the driveway (it was starting to get really muddy) and when I went to move the tractor I somehow managed to stab a random piece of sheet metal underneath one of my fingernails. That hurt like hell and pissed me off. If I aimed for that piece of metal and TRIED to injure myself in this manner I wouldn't have been able to make it happen. :lol3

    And to top it off I re-smashed my thumb. Last week I had an embarrassing motorcycle-tying-down accident which resulted in my thumb being smashed twice within 2 seconds. The pain from that had pretty much gone away until I smashed the ever-loving shit out of it with a hammer today. I was nailing some wire in place for the electrician and somehow managed to hit my thumb head-on. :lol3

    Hopefully my coordination returns to normal soon.
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    Stay the hell away from my shop.......You'd cut yer hand off........:lol3
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    Yeah, he's banned from my shop too...:D
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    adam_c_eckhardt halfway there

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    Miraculously I used several power tools today including a table saw, miter saw, hammer drill, and hole hog without injury. :lol3

    Edit- but maybe you guys can give me a lesson on swinging hammers. :D
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    You are banned from my shop also... I have an anvil and a wide selection of hammers, with my luck you would probably break my anvil. :D