FBAD: Life on the Blue Ridge

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Fast Ferris, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    Yeah I guess your rite, once again common sense rules the day.............
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  2. Fast Ferris

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    It's not often I get accused of having common sense. Thanks! :)

    One of the hardest parts of all of this has been finding contractors to do the work. President Trump has our economy firing on all eight cylinders again (thank you, Mr. President), and everyone up here on the mountain who's skilled in a trade is swimming in work. I'm gonna keep these boyz busy until they're done with everything we want, or until the money runs out. In the meantime, my job is to work harder than they do, and keep 'em all honest.

    Here's a pic from a little bit ago of the garage in its present state:

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    Underneath the rebar and wire reinforcing mesh is a 2" layer of rigid styrofoam (which translates to R10 in insulating value). I opted out of radiant heat in the floor, and instead invested our money in a "mini split" combination heater/air conditioning unit, which will be mounted on the back wall. It's significantly cheaper for the mini split than the heated floor system, it should keep the garage comfortable in the winter, and I get AC as a no-cost bonus. Fingers crossed that I end up with a year-round-comfortable garage.

    It's cool to finally be able to walk around in there at very-near-grade. It's awkward walking on the wire mesh, etc., but fun to be able to better envision the space, and especially the final grade. The slab pour is first thing in the morning; hopefully I'll have some cool pix to post up tomorrow night...
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  3. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    Looks like your ready for my boy, he's a concrete finisher.
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    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    It's refreshing to see someone talk nice about our president, seems as though everything I read on this forum is negative and bashing him.........I guess all the folks that "know" he has helped our economy is out working instead of whining and bitching.
  5. Fast Ferris

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    Yep, I'm ready. Can he be here first thing in the morning? :)
  6. Fast Ferris

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    I consider him to be one of the greatest presidents we've ever had. I'm looking forward to his landslide re-election next November and another four years of MAGA/KAG.

    Here's a pic I took in Sturgis a couple years ago:

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    RedUly Esse Quam Videri Supporter

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    Does the concrete sit on top of the styrofoam? It doesn't crush it?
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    No, it doesn't crush it - the styrofoam is very dense.

    These pix were taken earlier this morning:

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    Taken about an hour or so ago:

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    The sheen is due to the concrete sealer.
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    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    All rite.....who walked out on it to soon.........:dirtdog
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    Not to worry, it's just dust from my shoes. :)
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  13. Fast Ferris

    Fast Ferris Shift Shaper

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    Our new sliding glass back door was delivered and installed today:

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    The Lady of the House approves. :)
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    And another crew began framing our garage this morning:

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    It's nice to see things finally coming together.
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    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    Alright........ it's been long enough......we need an update old man.

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    Old?!? You're only as old as you feel!

    ^: Shit. :(

    Lessee. Wayle, the living room/kitchen/dining room makeover is almost done, just a few details to finish, including countertops, which are supposed to go down next Monday. We've moved in some furniture from storage, and it's very cool to finally be getting our home back online.

    From this project we'll rotate out to the back deck, which is already about half demo'd. We'll tear down the rest, replace it all with something sexier, and we're hoping there's enough budget left to build out a new 24' "prow" roof on the back of the house, out over the new deck, to provide shade in the summer and a dry place to hang out outside in the wet months.

    There's been progress on the garage, although it has come in fits and spurts. At present the roof's on (no shingles yet, just underlayment), and one wall is sided and two windows installed. The lead crewmember came up lame last week, though, so it looks like there'll be yet another delay; I was told the garage would be completely dried in by the end of this week, but I don't see that happening now.

    Denise and I have been continuing to spend every Saturday creating new landscaping for the new wedding venue out at Red Hill Farms.

    On Sundays we make supply runs and try to catch our breath, and then Monday morning the circus begins anew.

    And.......a couple weeks ago I blew up my left knee and go in for surgery this coming Friday, which is an interesting added element to everything else that's been going on for the past several months.

    Prognosis? Happy, happy, happy. :)
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    I hope the surgery goes well.
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    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    Dang, hate to hear about your knee, when all this blow's over you'll be a new man with new digs. Hope all goes well so you can take a breather.
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    Sorry about your knee Jerry. I fully approve of the roof over the deck idea as it makes the space so much more usable.
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    Thanks guys. I go in for my pre-op tomorrow. It's a scope procedure, vs. total-knee, so I'm hopeful I'll be back on my feet in relatively short order.

    Hey Twig, feel free to post up a pic (or two) of your new scoot! :)

    And Bartimus, I saw over on BWB that you snagged Al Lighton's '98 Buell White Lightning. Great score, amigo! Pics? :)