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Barrel-Race7,007771570
TuesdayHouston, TX

Vilano-Beach--Water-...21,152391170
4/5/2014Saint Augustine, FL

HudsonHouse6,952300
4/2/2014Omaha, NE

Tanglewood86,3387862,22242
3/24/2014Colorado Springs, CO

697MarlinAustinArea1,14018910
3/15/2014Austin/McDade, TX

1860s-Texas-rehabnew...43,056441910
3/14/2014Boerne, TX

Bladenkirk481640
3/13/2014White Oak, NC

P-Wade-Crocker351100
3/12/2014Spring, TX

Shana421200
3/11/2014Chaffee, MO

OwensNewHome59,8381033810
2/2/2014Chandler, AZ

Du-Lock-Lane1,262200
2/1/2014Houston, TX

Family-Affair10,544440
1/31/2014Saint Petersburg, FL

TheCastle9,932270
1/23/2014Cheshire, CT

The-Last-Rodeo9,58827100
1/14/2014Angel Fire, NM

TheHoskensProject58,4051504333
12/31/2013Dome-ville, central, FL

NorthPoleHome30,134341330
12/29/2013North Pole, AK

navarre-village-buil...1,136100
12/26/2013Gulf Breeze, FL

Seven-Peaks-Faswall-...34,728483181
11/18/2013Graeagle, CA

The-Dailey-Project1,743100
10/27/2013Pompano Beach, FL

Beaver-Creek-Ranch30,209213210
10/15/2013Hayfork, CA

The-Cortes-Adventure17,614520
10/14/2013Snowflake, AZ

jeff3,823300
8/29/2013Jackson, MO

Miami-FL-country-hom...5,336320
7/30/2013Miami, FL

Brevard-County--Pt-S...2,520100
7/17/2013Rockledge, FL

Dream-Build-Austin-T...4,106300
4/17/2013Austin, TX

Eschete-Dome22,27830530
12/24/2012Lafayette, LA

ChapelHillNCBob5,515110
10/23/2012Chapel Hill, NC

The-Skimino-Bluff6,9153130
10/13/2012Williamsburg, VA

Octagon-in-Glencoe-C...48,686144110
10/8/2012Glencoe , CA

nateshomemtpeakview4,632100
9/29/2012

sherman19,960221560
9/27/2012Downers Grove, IL

Omaha9,100380
9/13/2012Omaha, NE

Holy-Hill-House16,41435530
8/27/2012Richfield, WI

Omega-CEO5,576110
8/13/2012Manassas, VA

JayHouse10,2867190
6/22/2012Sebastopol, CA

30233,31123770
5/20/2012Belfair, WA

SunburnStateHome6,255110
3/6/2012Charlotte County, FL

VICTOR-MONTANA8,056110
2/22/2012Victor, MT

Houston-720125966,751100
1/21/2012Houston, TX

Workshop15,538630
1/8/2012Florissant, CO

Our-simple-home11,773223080
12/5/2011LaPorte, IN

ICF-Construction19,265500
11/11/2011Elkridge, MD

Little-Help-from-my-...12,23011150
11/4/2011Rockwall, TX

YaNYca13,965810
10/29/2011Boston, MA

The-Man-Refuge10,805310
10/19/2011San Antonio, TX

mckernanmc11,114320
10/6/2011Amite, LA

Large-Family-Compoun...7,405200
9/23/2011Covington, GA

Woodchuck-Ridge10,241480
9/12/2011Akron, OH

Forever-Home-Sweet-H...20,84434310
8/24/2011Issaquah, WA

Clarksville-MD9,033200
8/22/2011Eldersburg, MD

steve-n-carolyn16,2774140
8/21/2011Sun City, CA

Old-York8,114200
7/27/2011Bridgewater, NJ

Carriage-House17,02620282
7/24/2011Ft. Collins, CO

DomeSweetDome22,22218291
6/4/2011Suffolk, VA

Goodpasture24,050562880
5/28/2011Westminster, CO

Marks-Log-Cabin13,887392210
5/12/2011Altoona, PA

Bill21,026100
5/4/2011Tucson, AZ

Mueller-Dream-Home8,754100
4/15/2011

Oklahoma-Steel10,708650
4/13/2011Minco, OK

DutchG8,368200
4/5/2011

HiddenInOhio10,2729130
4/1/2011Elyria, OH

MagnoliaHouse8,816100
3/29/2011Houston, TX

Buffaloader13,670200
1/11/2011Valley Center, KS

SouthernEcoHome27,72020210
1/9/2011Blacksburg, VA

Austrian-Chalet14,091780
1/2/2011Twin Lakes, CO

Vista-Ridge13,13921660
12/21/2010Swanton, OH

OurFarmstead28,347601890
12/10/2010Pennsylvania

AirparkHome-Remodel29,55022460
11/8/2010Hillsboro, OR

Holloway10,828200
11/7/2010Petersburg, VA

Building-Our-Lakefro...9,710110
11/5/2010Piscataway, NJ

SunburyGalena-Build8,988100
11/3/2010Galena, OH

BUILDING-OUR-GREEN-D...9,850800
11/2/2010Pattison, TX

RR-Homestead23,90331740
10/26/2010Janesville, CA

Casa-Paradiso-Vieque...9,802200
10/19/2010Chelsea, MA

Millerbuild11,0645110
10/1/2010Carstairs, AB

Delisledigs11,462300
9/16/2010Jacksonville, FL

h20dave11,312430
9/10/2010Waterloo, AL

Mountain-Idyl11,050900
9/9/2010Asheville, NC

High-over-Lake-Granb...14,51312230
9/8/2010Granbury, TX

Homestead35,87164850
9/8/2010Smithville, MO

philandjan12,908100
9/2/2010

Commons10,124200
8/21/2010Atascocita, TX

Our-First-OB-home10,526300
7/27/2010Gardner, KS

Louisiana-Mediterran...20,074311870
7/21/2010Sunset, LA

Crows-Nest9,797100
7/20/2010

Patterson-Project10,369400
7/16/2010John's Island, SC

Hidden-Meadow-Home12,4052100
7/13/2010Murrieta, CA

New-house-in-Selah-W...10,149140
7/4/2010Belfair, WA

Arnold-CA-Alpine-cha...20,87222100
7/2/2010Arnold, CA

Working-Wilton39,836343010
6/16/2010Wilton, NH

JJ-Residence9,573100
6/7/2010San Antonio, TX

Thompson-Valley-Home10,766330
6/6/2010Monticello, FL

Naperville-Webster-S...26,2792360
5/21/2010Naperville, IL

Gary--Suzi11,022100
5/7/2010

crystal-falls-home28,76120270
5/5/2010Cedar Park, TX

Kapoho-Retirement-Ho...10,851130
5/4/2010Santa Ana, CA

NC--New-Construction10,458100
5/3/2010

Collins-on-Cobblesto...11,44521910
4/30/2010Waynesville, NC

Dwight--Colleen-Hart...11,856130
4/30/2010Vaughn, WA

Riley32,73932950
4/29/2010Cave Creek, AZ

The-New-Ries-Homeste...14,84119980
4/21/2010Polk/Richfield/Erin/Hartford, WI

The-Season9,505130
4/10/2010Mount Airy, NC

The-Naas-Place10,021200
3/30/2010Pittsburg, CA

Phil-and-Lauras-home13,061400
3/20/2010Tulsa, OK

Southport-NC-Home17,485201281
3/18/2010Southport, NC

Loris24,937110
3/11/2010

Seaton-Station10,210140
3/10/2010Siloam Springs, AR

Backwoods-Project14,264390
3/4/2010Jeffersonville, GA

ICF-in-Ann-Arbor26,174293710
1/25/2010Dexter, MI

DancingPines10,951200
1/25/2010Clinton, LA

Log-Cabin10,543150
1/23/2010indianapolis, IN

The-Kinzel-House9,933100
1/21/2010New Orleans, LA

PahrumpProject17,0285390
1/17/2010Spokane, WA

TheBeachHouse14,60713200
1/16/2010Shoreline, WA

Artist-Haven-Home14,920970
1/13/2010Kansas City, MO

SOPHIA--SAMUELDELAWA...17,34311310
12/2/2009Smyrna, DE

Plant-City-Craftsman16,7934100
11/22/2009Plant City, FL

WestermanFarm11,403130
11/10/2009Dickson, TN

Shane22,457600
10/31/2009San Antonio, TX

ADCountryHome12,8321130
10/31/2009Fort Worth, TX

ICF-Keller-Tx51,163321220
10/6/2009Roanoke, TX

digs24,166100
9/30/2009Tracy City, TN

threegables21,350201340
9/29/2009Hartland, WI

LittleLakeCorner72,7481016040
9/29/2009Groveland, FL

Utah-Casa11,549200
9/28/2009Saratoga Springs, UT

Tornado-Reconstructi...11,007800
9/24/2009Port Neches, TX

toolehouse50,235891450
9/20/2009Reno, NV

Bobs-Blog52,929614140
9/16/2009New Florence, PA

Blessings10,166100
9/11/2009farmville, NC

Schrammelot15,9517900
9/11/2009Pierson, FL

PennsmithLostValleyT...35,799552150
9/9/2009Dripping Springs, TX

River-House10,612220
9/7/2009Clinton, NJ

SantaFe-in-AJ10,350100
8/28/2009Apache Junction, AZ

Dennis-Dream-Home29,998385050
8/27/2009Readington Twp, NJ

Massive-Undertaking11,5061100
8/26/2009Wimauma, FL

Lafayette10,252200
8/11/2009Cramerton, NC

Dream-site-on-the-La...11,038200
8/5/2009La Porte, TX

Williams-New-Home-Si...10,291110
8/2/2009Windsor, NC

Cobblestone-Lane10,382100
7/30/2009Great Falls, MT

PensacolaBeachHouse10,196110
6/22/2009Gulf Breeze, FL

12YEARSINTHEPLANNING10,844120
6/16/2009LADSON, SC

Steinys-Hideaway10,812200
6/9/2009Venice, CA

DreamHome29,453261900
6/7/2009Orlando, FL

CastleHeims20,72521590
6/5/2009Cedar Rapids, IA

Utah-Warehouse10,064220
5/20/2009Fairview, UT

Where-to-start12,395610
5/16/2009Lemoore, CA

Castle-Rock-Lakehous...16,30210840
4/27/2009Necedah, WI

Oleg25,912360
4/22/2009San Diego, CA

MoeCompound10,216340
4/9/2009Camano Island, WA

Huckleberry-Home10,309200
4/8/2009Williamstown, NJ

Vonk24,183100
4/7/2009Zeeland, MI

Small-Timber-Frame14,639110
4/2/2009Central Mass, MA

EatonLoch-Haven11,094110
4/1/2009Roanoke, VA

windowsnsiding10,154110
3/28/2009Long Island, NY

Arkansas-First-Timer25,79039880
3/27/2009Trumann, AR

Back-Home-In-Crisp12,391111510
3/22/2009Ennis, TX

Victor--Susan-0820,297211210
3/17/2009Ruckersville, VA

Rick-and-Tinas-dream...11,620120
3/14/2009Auburndale, FL

Keener-Road13,0184100
3/11/2009Elizabethtown, PA

NC-Newbie10,926100
3/10/2009Boone, NC

MadisonGA11,1521130
2/26/2009Madison, GA

Techbuilt-Scammed12,575100
2/25/2009Rebew, LA

choanne83110,166100
2/9/2009charlotte, NC

WilliamsinVegas33,954301190
1/29/2009Henderson, NV

PhilesBryant12,025260
1/20/2009graham, WA

MortgageSmart10,386100
1/19/2009Cocoa, FL

QuarterlyHouse57,827136990
1/12/2009Orlando, FL

RabbitRun19,715311690
1/11/2009Afton, VA

Sonave-Sunsets10,506120
1/9/2009Yucca, AZ

Heart-of-PA16,0909160
1/6/2009Lewistown, PA

Krusehome11,576200
12/27/2008Lake City, FL

BrunkHouseAlmaKansas15,563260
12/26/2008Garden Grove, CA

Raider-Bills-Tenn-Ho...14,6036320
12/22/2008Largo, FL

Andel-Ranch28,259334020
12/17/2008Rogers, TX

Elijahs-Home11,768460
12/6/2008Vero Beach, FL

ranch-house10,398100
11/25/2008springfield, IL

Howard-Georgia-Retir...16,006670
11/9/2008Harlem, GA

The-Woods-Journal11,270110
11/6/2008Doraville, GA

StansTLH15,9801090
11/1/2008Tehachapi, CA

Kevin--Kerrys-Dream11,537350
10/17/2008Northvale, NJ

Katabatic-Wind12,148470
10/16/2008Huntsville, AL

Elmhurst-Modern13,587120
10/14/2008elmhurst, IL

Accessible-House11,5613100
10/14/2008Munford, TN

Cherry-Valley-Vista10,614120
10/5/2008Duvall, WA

Jon-and-Mollys-House18,219150
9/25/2008Ellicott City, MD

Proctor-ICF11,691110
9/25/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Hawaiian-Bungalo18,034111020
9/23/2008Holualoa, HI

Pete--Rhiannon12,701430
9/19/2008Springfield, MO

2008-Cedar-Ln17,51614350
9/19/2008Seaville, NJ

dmaceld20,70514880
9/16/2008Nampa, ID

Help-with-Goulds-and...12,854100
9/16/2008tampa, FL

Consulting10,268100
9/2/2008Orlando, FL

AlaskaICFREMOTEHouse16,66319380
8/17/2008Wasilla, AK

NC-Pond-House11,730320
8/4/2008Wilmington, NC

MargaritaVilla11,339240
8/4/2008Raleigh, NC

Latest-update12,6488100
8/4/2008Sierra Vista, AZ

ANDREA11,236400
8/2/2008Dallas, TX

The-Ridges13,99811130
7/31/2008Logan, UT

Avenida-Del-Sol15,12413520
7/31/2008Peoria, AZ

dream-home-ohio11,298600
7/30/2008Zanesville, OH

Penetang-Craftsman10,919360
7/27/2008Penetanguishene, ON

Tristan--11,384600
7/25/2008Lebanon, NJ

Dreamy-Design-in-Glo...16,650100
7/9/2008Clifton, VA

need-help-Jim11,853110
7/8/2008Bandon, OR

deltona-fl-custom-ho...12,4574140
7/6/2008Deltona Beach, FL

Ingraham-House-Chape...11,698200
6/29/2008Cary, NC

famborgie10,608100
6/26/2008Lockhart, TX

95821-Addition21,8467140
6/24/2008Sacramento, CA

Cajun-Homestead18,99812930
6/22/2008Lafayette, LA

West-Texas-Ranch-Hou...12,805110
6/18/2008Andrews, TX

Quail-Bluff-Pasco12,6269290
6/10/2008Pasco, WA

Spyders-Web10,519100
6/10/2008Norman, OK

mike-and-tori-darnle...13,048510
6/2/2008Rainbow, CA

Lin-Washington10,561100
5/29/2008Fresno, CA

Capernall-House11,412420
5/15/2008Belleville, MI

Hidden-Valley-Texas10,709100
5/7/2008Southlake, TX

cosdreamhome41,328731470
5/5/2008Colorado Springs, CO

Sowle-Family-House13,199590
4/29/2008South Burlington, VT

Cyberdoc-Residence10,902200
4/25/2008San Diego, CA

Fortune-House10,940100
4/17/2008Mooresville, NC

Joeb28,732400
4/15/2008Oakland, FL

Alvin-House11,177200
4/14/2008LaPorte, TX

Thomas-Home--Raintre...21,235271800
4/9/2008Lee's Summit, MO

Greg--Kathys-New-Hou...12,164200
4/3/2008Barryton, MI

Where-is-Waldo28,28144830
4/2/2008Marion, OH

Nimmerrichters-Fores...10,034100
4/2/2008Waldorf, MD

Mayfield-House10,645100
3/31/2008Mayfield, UT

beamanhouse10,679100
3/27/2008Manistique, MI

Kanak-ICF--Virginia15,452900
3/26/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Sheldon-St15,273300
3/21/2008Orlando, FL

Bert-25,809310
3/20/2008Southern, CA

Our-Ohio-ICF-home21,97620270
3/20/2008Mansfield, OH

ericdc11,178310
3/8/2008Uniontown, PA

EurekaHouse-ICF15,0415150
3/6/2008Berkeley, CA

Superstition-Views15,364281600
3/6/2008Mesa, AZ

Blue-Springs-Project12,8498230
2/24/2008Broken Arrow, OK

Our-House10,529100
2/24/2008Miami, FL

httpownerbuilderbook...13,275830
2/19/2008Clayton, NY

JourneyBackHome10,375100
2/3/2008Oviedo, FL

Collier-Home12,820110
2/1/2008Little Rock, AR

DDs-ICF12,356330
1/27/2008New Smyrna Bch, FL

EurekaMT-Timberframe11,9941430
1/24/2008Augusta, MI

The-Larnerd-House13,4695210
1/21/2008Newport News, VA

Casa-Bella11,305100
1/14/2008Pueblo West, CO

Gordon-Lake-House15,31817510
1/3/2008Oakland, IA

STEPHANIES-DREAM12,51917570
12/30/2007Lower Burrell, PA

Florida-Waterfront-C...14,907310
12/29/2007PB, FL

6158-in-Montgomery-T...11,258410
12/23/2007Conroe, TX

ClearwaterHills13,671260
12/14/2007Paradise Valley, AZ

BobDonna9,941100
12/12/2007Sacramento, CA

AboveTheAppleTree9,933100
12/8/2007La Farge, WI

Casa-Nostra12,193230
12/2/2007Bangor, PA

Building-the-Dream-i...13,733700
11/29/2007Gladstone, OR

Ingram-Fleming-ICF-H...16,333480
11/29/2007Plant City, FL

inniagara9,420100
11/24/2007Niagara Falls, ON

SchnabelEstate10,536240
11/16/2007Avon, IN

WeAreBuildingAgain21,32927560
11/15/2007Orlando, FL

Lake-Pleasant10,496210
11/14/2007Erie, PA

Green-for-Dean10,514100
11/10/2007San Jose, CA

The-Ponderosa12,2848220
11/4/2007Perry, OK

FlagholeRoad10,575260
10/25/2007Franklin, NH

Beckynray11,751300
10/24/2007Powhatan, VA

Spicewood-TX12,234330
10/20/2007Austin, TX

Powderhorn24,112481760
10/4/2007Florida

Luray-VA-1stTimeBuil...14,806730
10/4/2007Luray, VA

kittyfhughesnet10,281250
9/27/2007Noblesville, IN

Scott-Family10,877100
9/25/2007Trinity, AL

Taking-the-Plunge13,3766180
9/18/2007Springfield, OH

RozBuildingAdventure10,752100
9/14/2007San Pablo, CA

Helpful-Tips11,845200
9/13/2007Encinitas, CA

Poplar-Creek-Farm13,7875250
9/10/2007Oakland Park, FL

TheWillemsHome21,4761750
9/10/2007Galloway Township, NJ

ComfortHome11,319200
8/30/2007Dublin, OH

10000-sq-feet36,29022260
8/26/2007La Habra Heights, CA

Bird-house12,4403400
8/22/2007Ithaca, NY

Circle-S_ICF_House35,721462640
8/21/2007Sparta, IL

New-England-Saltbox10,735100
8/16/2007Columbia, SC

RamblewoodatJeterFar...11,5376330
8/10/2007Kansas City, MO

Kraemer-Collinwood-H...11,138200
7/21/2007Delano, MN

BigOakBuilderTX14,745270
7/20/2007Wharton, TX

Johnson-Family-Dream10,984100
7/20/2007Normal, IL

19225-ROBERTSON-ST17,68114250
7/12/2007Orlando, FL

Thattle-Dew-Farm10,938220
7/12/2007Halls Harbour, NS

WindyJ14,90711260
7/2/2007Knoxville, TN

Vistoso-Green-Home12,233310
6/28/2007Tucson, AZ

Lewis-Chapel-House16,439200
6/25/2007Dunlap, TN

father-daughter10,492200
6/25/2007Loveland, CO

davewhite11,466100
6/24/2007Nanaimo, BC

NutmegWedgefieldOrla...12,454600
6/22/2007Orlando, FL

4600SF-Dream-Home-in...14,541410
6/19/2007Mooresville, NC

Coeur-dAlene-Idaho-H...12,315240
6/13/2007Coeur d Alene, ID

Tampa-Bay13,907490
6/10/2007Ruskin, FL

Dream-In-Progress14,345540
6/7/2007Shawnee, KS

todd-in-tullahoma10,860100
6/4/2007tullahoma, TN

TheOwens11,648300
6/1/2007Dickson, TN

Country-Cleaver11,767140
5/29/2007Springfield, IL

South-Dakota-Lake-Ho...12,0366110
5/23/2007Sioux Falls, SD

Gods-Home11,182200
5/18/2007Eustis, FL

hammock11,030110
5/14/2007Martinez, GA

Grove-St-Rocklin11,113300
5/13/2007Orangevale, CA

Gardeners-Delight11,951330
5/13/2007Norristown, PA

Newman-Family11,961100
4/26/2007oralndo, FL

do-over-house12,583200
4/25/2007Roseville, CA

Mountain-Building11,342370
4/21/2007Hiawassee, GA

Alaskan-Log-Home12,661120
4/15/2007Tok, AK

Warner-Dream12,865600
4/11/2007Astatula, FL

RehmannSchreiner13,85518150
4/2/2007Maple Grove, MN

outspokenbikeguy13,5154140
3/29/2007Sanford, FL

SmelltheForest35,762471480
3/23/2007Colorado Springs, CO

PolkCityProject15,1697110
3/21/2007Norcross, GA

DwaynePam11,992200
3/21/2007Normal, IL

cypressknoll11,064100
3/20/2007Palm Coast, FL

candlepower19,061241550
3/20/2007Lansing, IA

Team-Rosa11,938200
3/19/2007Springfield, VA

GLOUCESTER11,621120
3/17/2007Newport News, VA

Ohiodreamhome12,0074140
3/16/2007Reynoldsburg, OH

Gypsy-Love12,492110
3/12/2007Highland, NY

Forrest-Towne11,668220
3/10/2007Brinnon, WA

Dreams-Come-True10,941100
3/8/2007Glen St Mary, FL

Almost-A-Country-Gir...10,951100
3/7/2007Addison Township, MI

BrandonBuildingBlog11,744100
3/4/2007Layton, UT

SafecreteHouse12,987300
3/4/2007Raleigh, NC

newbie-12,093100
2/21/2007North Plains, OR

BuzzardsNest14,345310
2/14/2007Saint Lucie, FL

woodfamilyhome12,457200
2/10/2007Keno, OR

vegascastle11,773100
2/3/2007Henderson, NV

newsteel17,740100
1/28/2007Florence, SC

Dream-Home-200712,267100
1/27/2007Gwynn Oak, MD

DelgadosAdobeAbode12,668200
1/18/2007San Diego, CA

bobindeltona14,893250
1/14/2007Deltona, FL

Highland6412,378300
1/8/2007New Orleans, LA

SmallProjectSilverSp...17,7051020
1/7/2007Silver Springs, NV

BeehlerHome22,62811640
1/3/2007Kalamazoo, MI

eveningshade11,980110
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Rock Work Part Two

Posted to Katabatic-Wind by Michael in Huntsville, AL on 10/16/2008

Previously, I had been using this system (Micro-Blaster) for breaking up rock. It was working, but not as well as I hoped. North Alabama has some very hard limestone. That's one of the reasons Toftoy and Werner Von Braun chose the site for rocket testing in the Fifties (at least, that's what's I've always heard). But, I assure you limestone comes in various densities, and this is in the upper range.

Anyway, I tried more than one cartridge per hole and that worked wonders. To the point that one hole with two cartridges was more effective than three holes with one cartridge each. Still, I have a lot of rock on my site, so my goal in this current excursion was to weaken as much as I could at various places so that the rock hammer would be more effective than it was last time. Hopefully equaling less equipment time.

Here's the current state. Hard to tell the difference, but on the backside of the large bolder, a lot was broken up. The stuff on the front would just slide into the street if I did more.

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Rock work



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Rock Work One

Posted to Katabatic-Wind by Michael in Huntsville, AL on 6/29/2008

This was from a while ago... but I'll put it up to show the pics.

First off, I wanted to post some pics of the lot and some initial excavation work done. Also, the before and after of my rock-breaking attempts.

So, the rock-breaking worked somewhat. But, it was slower than I expected. Once I put the cracks in the rock with the MB-2, I found the most effective method of removal to be:

   1. Take a rock hammer and tap. Listen and feel for hollow spots. This means it might come off.
   2. Just use the SDS drill with a decent-size bit and kindof vibrate the split piece off.
   3. Put in some more cracks and repeat.

But, I purchased a longer drill bit (I had to special order) to make the cracks run deeper. We'll see what happens. It could turn out to just be too time-consuming even with the MB-2. I haven't given up hope yet, but if it saves a day or two of excavator time, it will still be worth it.

I sold my old house, so now the focus can be more on the new house.

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Initial exploratory work.
Rock 1 Before.
Rock 1 After a day's work.
Rock 2 Before (It's Huge!!!).
Rock 2 After a day's work.
Rock 2 After a day's work (another side).



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The Site

Posted to Katabatic-Wind by Michael in Huntsville, AL on 3/19/2008 3:45:53 PM

As the previous entry states, a Katabatic Wind is a cold downhill wind.  My house has to be build up on a slope, so there you go on another reason I picked that name.  There is a pretty substantial rock face on the road at my tiny street edge. I am in a cul-de-sac on a weird diamond like lot.  This all adds up to a difficult to reach site (read: expensive driveway) that rewards with a decent view.  I knew when buying the lot that it wouldn't be easy to build on. That is why the lot was affordable and in a good area.

My brother-in-law has began some excavation and rock crushing work for me. This was for me to try to determine where driveway will run before I got plans - as this land dictates the route. Well, some of the limestone boulders were too strong for, what I would call, an average size excavator with a hydraulic hammer. So, getting quotes from the excavation company he works for - and they had done some similar lots in the area - it could be anywhere from $20,000 to $80,000. It's hard to tell on this type of land until you start digging.  That basically would make the house un-affordable.  Well, I could afford the same size house I am in now, but the size is the problem with the current one.

Not wanting to throw in the towel so early (or build up a savings that would allow that kind of excavation cost), I have purchased a Micro-Blaster II from Ezebreak [ micro-blaster.com ].  I deliberated about that or some form of non-explosive demolition agent (Dexpan for one).  I plan to test it out on what I estimate to be a 10-ton limestone boulder. Energy withstanding, I'd like to have before and after shots of the grand destruction. After that, come excavation time, I hope to hire my brother-in-law again to move the dirt.  When he reaches a rock thats too big, I'll come in and crack it. 

Wish me luck!


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An Introduction

Posted to Katabatic-Wind by Michael in Huntsville, AL on 3/19/2008

First, let me explain the name: Katabatic Wind. If I have to explain the name, then it wasn't a good choice you say? Point taken. Basically, it is a cold wind blowing downward. What I am referring in respect to this journal is obstacles and resistance in one's path to build a house. This even more the case if you are an owner and not a contractor for a living.

But, don't let me bring you down (no pun intended). An uphill battle can be very rewarding. My hope is to focus on the beautiful view that will be seen from inside a cozy house atop that hill.

And I am not just referring to subs not showing up, materials getting stolen, rain delays, and more rain delays. I expect all that. It is the negative reactions I sometimes encounter when I mention my desire to build the house myself. It feels as if people would prefer to just call me stupid for wanting to build the house. That I am somehow so naive that I must believe you can order a house off Amazon.

They think they are doing a favor by trying to tell you what you are getting into. And if they were the first person to tell me that and I didn't know it - fine. Of course I worry about missing a code I didn't know or the rigmarole with keeping every thing and body straight. (I prefer to use a rig-a-marole for that). What I don't want or need is people acting as if I am deficient in a way that prevents me from doing the job. There are many difficult trials present in our history overcome by people with less means than I. What Alexander the Great did would seem impossible by today's standards. Ben Franklin was a fugitive at one point (I guess two from the Brits perspective). Even Frank Loyd Wright didn't have a degree. My point? I believe, I must believe, all - save death - is surmountable.

It reminds me of the documentary "Touching the Void". It's a very moving and gripping piece about a climber, Joe Simpson, in the Andes. He breaks his leg and his partner has to help him down the mountain. At one point, Joe dangles over a crevasse. Exhausted, his partner Simon cuts the rope tying them together -- in the end saving them both -- but at the time Simon thought he had just killed his friend. Thought dead by his team, Joe has to make his way back down the mountain. At so many points, I know I would have given up. But, somehow he manages. If you haven't seen or read it, check it out. 

So, when that wind tries to drive me back, to alter my course, I just have to tighten my resolve, and focus on that path before me.


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