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    Default Re: New Home Begins

    Well, a slight stand delay. I am getting used to it. The framer was actually doing a small job at my brothers the other day and he became suddenly and severely dizzy and nauseous. He was taken to the hospital and was going to have some tests yesterday. I have not heard anything other than he feels much, much better.

    I am sure there are going to be some delays and his health is way more important. Still, I hope the crew can start soon, even if they start without him.

    In the meantime, the french drain will be dug out tomorrow and the raycore walls will be delivered tomorrow as well.

    At least some things are moving along.
    Tom

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    Default Re: New Home Begins

    Well, a slight delay. I am getting used to it. The framer was actually doing a small job at my brothers the other day and he became suddenly and severely dizzy and nauseous. He was taken to the hospital and was going to have some tests yesterday. I have not heard anything other than he feels much, much better.

    I am sure there are going to be some delays and his health is way more important. Still, I hope the crew can start soon, even if they start without him.

    In the meantime, the french drain will be dug out tomorrow and the raycore walls will be delivered tomorrow as well.

    At least some things are moving along.
    Tom

    "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work" - Thomas A. Edison

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    Default Re: New Home Begins

    Quote Originally Posted by tkappeler View Post
    The framer was actually doing a small job at my brothers the other day and he became suddenly and severely dizzy and nauseous.
    It sounds like the framer inadvertently ingested a pot brownie. From Denver's Channel 4.

    CU Pot Brownie Suspect Faces 18 Felony Charges
    CU Pot Brownie Suspect Faces 18 Felony Charges CBS Denver
    Paraphrasing Douglas Adams - So long and thanks for all the bacon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave1949 View Post
    I have always heard frost follows the moisture down, so wet soil = deeper frost. Deep (18" +) snow cover = less frost depth.

    Tom, I don't think you have any worries about slab heaving since yours will be covered in a relatively short time and your location has much higher average temps than here. But, it never hurts to ask. I don't think they put any insulation under the slab across the road either. It's down a ways from our house, so I can't be too nosy

    It really wasn't intended as something you should worry about, we were talking slabs and the neighbor created a test case to observe.
    Snow is a good insulator and if you get an early good cover that stays, the ground will never freeze below it. Roads,sidewalks, etc. are the worst place for frost as any snow cover is promptly removed.

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    Today was a busy day. I hired my son, who does basement waterproofing to dig out for the french drain. Nothing like putting shovel in the hand of a young-un (26). The framer and crew showed up today to review. The one who became ill earlier this week is not allowed to work just yet but the remainder of the crew was there and they are beginning tomorrow with sill plates.

    The Raycore panels arrived today also. Unfortunately, the four 1100+ pallets were inside a box trailer, not a flat bed, and they were nose to tail. Add to this that since the framers were not starting until tomorrow, the telehandler was not on site yet. The forks I have on the T293 are not long enough to offload the 9' wall panels on a double skid. Heck, the T293 is not strong enough to handle the full weight of each pallet so some creative off-loading was used to get them down and drag them to a better location. A fun time was had by all.

    We also received 7 truckloads of fill from a local home site ... for free. The builder approached me the other day and the conversation went something like this:

    builder: Hey, I am doing a basement for a new home nearby and need to get rid of the fill.
    me: How much?
    builder: about 7 truckloads
    me: No ... how much will it cost?
    builder: Free. I just don't want to pay to get rid of it. Take a look at it yourself and let me know. We will bring it over for free.

    Sweet!
    Tom

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    Default Re: New Home Begins

    Be extremely cautious about doing any help unloading etc. I just had a construction project where the city worker was "helping" the contractor level some asphalt that was piled at the dump with the contractors payloader. Long story short the city worker tipped the payloader over on its side. The bill is $40k and the city has to pay for it. The city worker had no obligation to help the contractor and a seemingly good deed turned into a $40k bill.

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    Default Re: New Home Begins

    Scoring free, clean fill dirt is always sweet.
    "Those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end ..."
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdkubota View Post
    Be extremely cautious about doing any help unloading etc. I just had a construction project where the city worker was "helping" the contractor level some asphalt that was piled at the dump with the contractors payloader. Long story short the city worker tipped the payloader over on its side. The bill is $40k and the city has to pay for it. The city worker had no obligation to help the contractor and a seemingly good deed turned into a $40k bill.
    I completely understand the liability aspects and always heed that. Unfortunately for this one, I am the homeowner/GC and it is my responsibility to unload my pallets from the truck. It was my tractor as well. I know I would have been on the hook for any damage to my equipment and/or the panels.

    Luckily all worked out fine.
    Tom

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    Default Re: New Home Begins

    Homeowners have no ownership until the building is completed, until then the contractor does or should (ie: fire, theft, etc.). As far as you claiming to be the General Contractor, I would urge caution using that term or insinuating you have total control over the project. That shifts the responsibility for quality, sub payments, material payments, etc to you and away from the contractor. He will have no responsibility for any of those duties if he truly is a sub working under you. His insurance will also claim no harm and place all responsibility on to you. Be careful what you wish for.

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    Nice morning! Framers are here and snapping lines and prepping for sills. Sill inspection will be scheduled for the start of the week. PSE&G (local electric company) had been scheduled to put up the new pole sometime in the next two weeks. They arrived without notice this morning and will have the pole and secondary run over this morning.

    Go figure ... a roughly 200' run for electric. If I do overhead, the entire cost is $0 to me, including pole, wire, installation, etc is truly free to me. Unfortunately, this would mean I would have to put up a mast to get the service up high enough. If I do underground, then the entire cost of trenching, conduit, wire, etc is all on me. So we came up with a compromise. PSE&G will set an intermediate pole since they can only go about 100' between supports and the cost of that and wire is on them. I will do underground from this pole. It's a win-win. Their costs are reduced since distance is less. Mine are reduced since the amount of underground is reduced and no mast!

    Here are some pics.

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    Here are some pics of the raycore wall panels. Notice the studs cast directly into them. I am very impressed so far. Framers checked them out on line and excited to use them as well.

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    And finally, one panoramic video from one of the piles of topsoil ... sorry for the panning speed.

    Tom

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