We're building an ICF house

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

  1. Da Bear

    Da Bear Twisted toy maker

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    If there's a euphemism there, I refuse to go near it..........:eek1
  2. Going_Commando

    Going_Commando Been here awhile

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    The trick is to hit the nail/staple and not your thumb. Apparently you haven't learned that one yet. :lol3

    I have experienced a lot of physical pain while working, but hitting my thumb with a hammer is the only one that makes me want to cry. In fact, I was in a crawl space stapling back a feeder for a panel, and was going to give the staple a really good whack to get it past the wood rot, and SMACK, found my thumb instead. I just sat down and had a little weep, then went right back to banging in staples.
  3. adam_c_eckhardt

    adam_c_eckhardt halfway there

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    A few more pictures....

    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/y_DbKrlP-Q1b7ChFv_AdKtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-7uCLCaHFnm0/UUJZS2eXSxI/AAAAAAAAAhk/_K0tW8AOudk/s640/P3140012.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/March142013?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">March 14, 2013</a></td></tr></table>

    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/2oYZu10hyLGaGHliTjCM-tMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-505JanKjLy8/UUJZTKDP5CI/AAAAAAAAAhs/em0tSWy1SZs/s640/P3140015.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/March142013?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">March 14, 2013</a></td></tr></table>

    Caught the guys working late today:
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    Heat starting to come together:
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    Had a frozen culvert that's been causing problems. Water was starting to take over the driveway and getting worse by the hour:
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    So I put some steam to it and got it flowing. It was a LOT of water- maybe 1000 gallons or so. At least we've taken back control of the driveway. :lol3
  4. erda

    erda Been here awhile

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    Yup, Dad always said to make sure that you the right nail:D
  5. Piston

    Piston Been here awhile

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    Adam,
    Are you going to put pegs in the knee braces? The reason I ask, is because I saw a beautiful garage build on garagejournal.com that had knee braces, and he added pegs to them to make them look more authentic, except, he put them in the wrong way!
    Not everyone would notic,e but the people who do, know in an instant that they pegs exist only for show, and that they did it wrong.
  6. Going_Commando

    Going_Commando Been here awhile

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    It's starting to look like a house! Bout damn time, anyway. :lol3
  7. adam_c_eckhardt

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    Good question- I'm not sure. I'll have to ask the guys, but I thought that they were going to be bolted. There have been a lot of questions like that that pop up. Brad (the lead guy) comes to me wanting to know what to do and I usually tell him, "Do what you would do if it were your own house." He's pretty picky, and he's very smart, so that response yields excellent results. :deal
  8. adam_c_eckhardt

    adam_c_eckhardt halfway there

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    Here's a question for you to ponder-

    I talked to my buddy who owns a solar business. He told me that in Colorado he has to run metal conduit to run the DC power through. Do you know if I have to run metal here in NH? He and I both agreed that it was a dumb idea, but like he said, "code is code."
  9. littlelionmonster

    littlelionmonster Custom Faker

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    I just had a panel system installed in VA. They had to run metal conduit for the DC line. Luckily, it was a fairly straight shot from the basement to the 2nd floor. I don't understand why they can't use PVC conduit either.

    BTW, house looks great. Love the siding and details.
  10. adam_c_eckhardt

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    Just bought some EMT. I need 1 45 bend and the jerks at home depot wouldn't let me bend it in the store. So I had to buy a bender.

    Siding is looking nicer every day. I can't wait to see the fir trim details go up!

    Plumber cored holes yesterday and he said he would be working this weekend as well.
  11. ian408

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    Just start walking away. When they're gone, go back and bend away. Just don't kink it :D
  12. adam_c_eckhardt

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    There's a pretty high chance of someone I know returning a bender tomorrow.
  13. _anatic

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    :lol3 You would think they would eventually figure that out an let you do stuff the easy way.
  14. tommu56

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    Not to steal the thread but I don't the NEC say's steel conduit (If so my system isn't complying).
  15. adam_c_eckhardt

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    I ended up talking to 3 solar installers over the weekend and they all said 1" EMT is the stuff to use.

    Going Commando should chime in on it when he finds a break from chasing California girls.
  16. Going_Commando

    Going_Commando Been here awhile

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    I'm nursing a hangover right now, but to be honest I haven't done any PV work, and it will take some digging into my code book to point you in the right direction. A rooftop in New England is considered subject to physical damage due to ice, so it would have to be at the minimum sch. 80 PVC, but I will do some digging around and see what I can get to come up. EMT on the roof is going to look like crap in 5 years, so I would avoid it if at all possible. Maybe run EMT up from the basement, switch to liquidtight flexible metal conduit below the roofline, and then run that through the roof penetration to the PV equipment.
  17. tommu56

    tommu56 Long timer

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    Mine is 1" pvc through the roof almost at the ridge no snow problems ever but my panels are at least 12" above the roof

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  18. Going_Commando

    Going_Commando Been here awhile

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    A lot of guys would use regular PVC, but as far as NH's AHJ is concerned, and I agree, a roof with sliding ice should be considered subject to physical damage, so that would require schedule 80 PVC (heavier walled than regular schedule 40), liquidtight flexible metal conduit (lfmc), EMT (since it isn't severe physical damage) or galvanized rigid conduit. I'm also not a fan of running PVC anywhere but underground or where it is out of site, because it expands/contracts a lot when in direct sunlight and will look like crap after a few years since it won't be straight anymore unless you strap it every couple feet. I am picky though. :lol3
  19. adam_c_eckhardt

    adam_c_eckhardt halfway there

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    Siding is coming along nicely.
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    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/ozPNYJOGwU4UGGFnji-J5NMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-G_DulU8XGKQ/UUuYCQGA84I/AAAAAAAAAjE/Krq0-gT23mA/s640/P3210016.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/March212013?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">March 21, 2013</a></td></tr></table>

    Our bikes were in for service (the local motorcycle mechanic just moved his shop to the bottom of our road, which is awesome.) I was ready to trailer them because of snow and ice, but the roads cleared up nicely today so I rode them both home. Our move has officially begun! It was awesome to go for a ride (although short ones) today- especially since I rode 0 miles in 2012. Hit one patch of snow on our road but I survived it.
    For now they're just hanging out among the trees off the driveway but we'll move them into the basement after there is room. Anyone notice anything interesting in this picture?:wink:
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  20. ragtoplvr

    ragtoplvr Long timer

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    out in the boonies, you got water?

    Rod