Saturday, July 13, 2019

Rammed Earth House 2019 Update

 Almost Spring!, not really. This was taken February 26th, still cold AF. 
Those are 3 raised garden beds in case you thought they were something else πŸ˜€
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After a very long cold winter I started with the some of the windows. We still have to order the 4 big ones for the south side, been tough as we can't get exact orientation we originally wantedπŸ˜’. Even though an engineer and an architect both went over our plans nothing was said. We'll make it work there's no doubt. 

Fairly straight forward installation for the windows.

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Those are white electrical tape lines on the big bedroom window, one of the kids wanted to see what it would looked like. 😊 

We have to split the big living room as can can't get one single window that big, which I don't understand cause I've seen bigger commercially. 
Window trim still needs to be cut and installed.


I began trenching the boiler lines and ended up back filling and re-excavating as I ran out of time before going back to work, ground was pretty soft with the spring thaw and rains. Not a big deal it was only 80 feet long and 3 feet deep.
I insulated the pipes with the left over extruded polystyrene insulation that we used in the walls and the foundation. This worked very well for the shop, and quite a saving from $15 a foot for the 4" insulated piping. The cuttings of insulation was placed in the trench instead of the garbage.

Started dealing the in-floor heating lines since I needed to know which lines I was connecting to the boiler (Supply/Return). You can see the hanging Cat-6 cable and router as I was experimenting with access points and where to place them as the walls have a huge affect on the signals.

#homemade #uvc#water#bottle
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I've been considering an UV-C light sterilizer for the house water supply.      So I thought I should learn more about UV-C lights and how they work. I mounted a 12 volt, 40mA, 265nm-285nm. UV-C light in the lid of one of our water bottles, to see if there is an affect with smell or taste.

Then the focus was on the kids end of the building. I put up the purlins, vapor barrier and routering all the ceiling boards from 1"x 6" Spruce. 
Placed the bowl just to make sure I didn't mess up any clearancesπŸ˜‰
Knocked up the wall framing then began pulling wires to all the outlet boxes. Installed the lights, smoke detectors, ran the sewer stack and bathroom fan with it vented to the eves. 

Trenching in the main water line was fun,,, took a bit to find the original line to tie into cause it so deep, 15 feet. I needed to dig an area for the excavator with the bobcat first as the excavator is limited to 8 ft depth. That trench was 90 feet long for the 1-1/4" pipe.

Help is sure appreciated 😁

The next trench was for the electrical, that was 360 feet long at a depth of 4 feet. 
Just for an experiment I placed a CAT6 cable in the same trench, to see if I could run internet to the house from the shop. In the hopes of not having to mount an antenna on the house, I'd like the roof to be as clear as possible.
Them some shinny teeth you get there, lol

Since I was in trenching mode I began the septic tank install, with some help from the kids. Even though they were more interested in the rocks we were uncovering,  πŸ˜„
Again I needed to dig with the bobcat first so i could get low enough for the excavator.

My special helpers 😁😁
The excavator sure has been a handy piece of equipment lately, from trenching over 500 feet to dropping in the tank. Definitely very happy and proud of myself for what I built. 

         Septic installed backed filled with pea gravel, I'll work on the drainage field in the fall.
Better get back working on the inside!

The south door way being rough framed

Starting to get the hang of making humongous doors, used 2"x 4" and 2"x 10"
It's 99" tall and 51" wide. A window will fill the space to the right, I still have door seals to install on all 3 doors. 
 Carried on with the rest of the ceiling, purlins and vapor barrier

It's kinda neat how most of the rains we have had so far have not hit the window sills.

I have bundle of 400 1"x 6"x 8' spruce boards that need to be router-ed for the ceiling sitting outside the shop. Next time home I'll start 😊

Slowly coming along

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Rammed earth house Fall 2018 update

πŸ˜„ Hello guys, 
This was a busy summer, a little slower on the build than I would have liked but we did make some progress.
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Nice day to be building, we completed the soffit and began making some doors, and framing the window openings.

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              The window and door frames you see here is not permanent but more of a mock set up to see how things look.
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                        My first go at making doors

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Initially we were going to do the windows before the floor,
               but switched as apparently windows are on sale during the winter.
 So vapor barrier and foam insulation were put in, then wire mesh to secure the pex tubing.

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 The open area without tubing is where the pantry will be, we'd like it be cooler then the rest of the kitchen.
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Ended up with 9 x 300ft circuits and 2 x 500ft, going to be nice and comfortable when it's inhospitably outside.   ❄️♨️
                 The concrete floor, a big step for us.
The contractor arrived at 8:30 am and left at 9am the next day.

Richard and his crew @ RIC Concrete did a great job.
                                   Wow! Just Wow!
Finally get to use the wheels on the scaffold, it's the little things πŸ˜‰