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Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 11/16/2018 10:12:43 AM

2Drinking our coffee this morning, Sandra just found an article from 1985 about snowboarders and just how dangerous they are to themselves and the skiing public. Talking about how ski patrols run them off when they find them. Lol!  Time have sure changed since then.  While we don’t board, and while boarders tend to be younger and some may go faster than what they have control over, there are less than a handful of resorts that restrict their use today and that’s a good thing.  Resorts in general need people using the slopes to stay in business and boards are popular with kids.  But the article was laughable around the panic people had some 30 years ago about the boards’ increasing popularity.


Door trim will be finished today, I think.  Finally. Sandra is staining some more baseboard.  While that won’t go in until we get back from Thanksgiving that’ll allow us to finish that when we get back.  Really very little of that left to run.  

We have a couple thousand nail holes to fill in the trim, literally.  Sandra has offered to begin that as we are beginning to run out of things for her to do.

I’ve got stairs to make for the bunkbeds.  The stringers are weathered and urethaned.  I’ll begin setting those when we get back.  And we have yet to do the landings on the stairs. I’ve made the bullnose for about half of them, will see if I can get the others made today after I was able to get a couple more pieces of doug fir the other day.  Get those stained and they’ll be ready to install, again sometime after we return.  

I’ve been trying to get someone to create the glass curtain wall for the stairwell.  It looks like we may end up using a custom patio door set.  Got an estimate yesterday.  Figuring how to attach it is going to be the last headache.  I’d love to insert it into the opening, but a stair tread is in the way.  And since the walls are ICF, there is 3” of foam and sheetrock in either direction from the corner.  We may have to extend brackets further back on the wall so we can hit concrete for attachment.  Between the manufacturer, and myself, we’ll come up with something.  In order to rent, the wall has to be in place to separate the two living spaces both from sound and egress.  And it would be nice to finally have some positive cash flow from renters!

Speaking of, Sandra will get started on creating a book for their use.  Two actually.  One as to general things about the area, but the main one is to explain the various features and functions of the space.  Things like the microwave drawer and even the kitchen faucet, which no one seems to be able to figure out! The gas fireplace. The need for only toilet paper in the toilets as we are on a pumped septic, yes mundane and unglamorous things such as this.

We have a friend, whose specialty is making commercial video and photography coming in early December to shoot the house for a website and rental sites. We traded work on his house early this year for the shoot.  We’ll be ready by then with everything necessary for him to get that accomplished.

We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and hope all can spend it with family and friends!

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This single tread is in the way of fully inserting a glass wall into the opening. So a partial insert will most likely be used with much of the framework extending out. Not ideal, but not much else can be done
The space where the curtain wall needs to be placed
The ski room and entry for the rental level
Ski room from another angle


Posted to Z-Oen by Zuraida in Dayton, OH on 11/13/2018 5:38:55 PM

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Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 11/13/2018 10:43:34 AM

eating breakfast tacos, staying warm while the temperature outside is a brutal -27F, the house appears to be performing pretty much as planned.  We turn the thermostats down at night to 55F and the furnace on the main level came on rarely. And unlike the rental house, where frost heavily formed on the inside of the windows at these temps, frost here is on the outside as it should be.


We’ve had three good snows so far and with the cold temps, they are making a lot of snow.  Keeping our fingers crossed that the snowy weather continues.

The wall in the lower ski room is finished and I’ll startadding the ski racks and garment baskets today.  The small table for the breakfast niche is finished. And later this week I’ll try to get some more door trim up- yes there are a few pieces remaining that had to wait until more wood was weathered and finished.

Trying to get a solution for a glass partition to separate the rental level from the stairs into the rest of the structure.  I was hoping to use a frameless method, but it looks like a sliding patio door system may be the method. Unfortunately attached to the face of the opening as the stairs are in the way on one side. We’ll see what can be designed.

Our daughter in Denver had found some ski lift chairs from Steamboat Springs that were for sale.  These had been taken out of service in the 80’s.  We bought three of them a couple months ago and went up this past weekend to get them and bring them back. They’ll probably stay in the trailer until Spring and we can make them into swings or simply seating. Sorry Cousin Dave.  We didn’t get a chance to stop in. It was a quick up and back before the storm got too bad. And we made ot out just in time.

I need to do a few things to the truck before we head out for Thanksgiving.  New headlight assemblies.  Ford’s single bulb headlamps are horrible in brightness and distance, so they are getting replaced with quad projectors.  And front brakes are getting replaced as the OE rotors are warped badly.  So the truck is on the lift warming. Thank god for a garage!

Time to quit and get to work.


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The small niche table support form the stump Sandra found in the woods
The top frame attached
Table finished using repurposed antiqued oak flooring
A telephoto view of the house from the base area yesterday. Man it’s so good to see snow on the slope!


Posted to Tanglewood by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 11/11/2018

After the visit a couple of days ago we got some good snow (about 11"), and danged if those turkeys didn't show up for some special attention again.

Some great pics here.  They were all fluffed up against the cold.


Steven in Colorado

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Outside one of the bedroom windows, they are strutting around. The tom in particular is all fluffed out.
Here they are wandering down from the porch near the kitchen.
This guy is looking through the window into my bedroom.
Snow is kinda deeper here than he had thought.
Perched at the edge of the porch, hoping I would show up with food. They eventually went around to where my mother feeds them.


Posted to Tanglewood by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 11/8/2018

Thought I'd share these....we had a couple of visitors (a tom and a hen) poking around lately looking for corn.  These are the two remaining batch of turkey who were around all summer long (nine at one point) who have presumably been chased off or gone on to find their own way as fall turned into winter.

These guys are very tame around my mother; not so much around myself though.


Steven in Colorado

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Turkeys looking for some food, setting off the alarms.
Corn has been tossed down and they are very happy.
Turkeys munching as fast as they can.
Still eating. Neat looking birds.
After they had eaten they came up to the door to see who was in there.
The tom gets all fluffy now.


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Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 11/1/2018 10:22:51 AM

Everyone is praying for a good snow season after last years “worst in memory”.  Both the resort and the state rely on good snow pack. The resorts for skiing, and the state for irrigation, wetlands and fire protection.  The fall has seen fairly consistent precipitation compared to last year when it seemed the tap shut off September 1.  So far we’ve had two good snows.  5” two weeks ago and 16” yesterday.  The resort is also gearing up to make snow as the nightime temps are now getting to be consistently in the teens.  Those of you in Texas and other points south, with your AC still on probably find this a bit hard to fathom!


Our progress has slowed a bit.  Seems that with the shorter days, the colder weather it’s harder to work as hard or as long.  I spent much of the past week welding brackets and fabricating the railings for the bunkbeds.  The main railings use old skis as you can see in the photos below.  Need to make stairs for both sets.  I’ll cut templates from cardboard this morning to see what wood I’ll need.

Also welded up a frame for the small table on the rental level. This is the one where the stump will be the support.

The wood wall in the lower ski room is waiting on more wood, but 70% finished.  We then have ski racks to hange, finish trim etc.

Been watching the thermal performance of the house.  We keep the house relatively cool, which doesn’t feel uncomfortable in a dry climate. But so far we are using about 2 gallons of propane a day - to heat 6500 sq.ft. Will be interesting to see what happens as the weather turns colder.  When the sun is out, the south-facing windows bring in a tremendous amount of heat now sun is lower in the sky.  That has worked out as planned and contributes a lot to the lower energy usage.


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One side of bunkbeds with the railings installed


Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 10/26/2018 9:31:50 AM

Ok, so we have three garage doors, one of which is a 16’ unit.  Although I had an installer out a year and a half ago to set it up, it never worked correctly with the motor.  It needed 1) more tension on the springs, and 2) possibly different springs as the guys selling these didn’t do a great job of calculating the springs for the smaller doors. I figured they may have messed up on this one as well.  Sometimes I can put things off a long time, especially if I have a temporary fix, which in this case was opening it by hand.  But finally, with winter coming, I decided to get it properly fixed and called the fellow out again.  He came out, increased the tension by a half turn, reset the limits and closure pressure and it worked! For a day.  Yesterday Sandra went to use it and it stuck halfway upon closing.  I came home and tried to reopen and close and the sucker opened completely, way past where it should have which required two people to pull on the rope to manually close it.  Seems like the clamp that attaches to the motor spindle is slipping and can’t be tightened any further. Called the installer and he said they have a new type of clamp.  He’ll order one and come back to install. Damn it was nice while it worked!


Steel arrived Tuesday to make brackets and supports for the bunk bed rails.  I’ll try to start on those this weekend.  Going to use skis place horizontally as the rails.  Found a bunch at the local Habitat Restore in Taos for peanuts.  Just had to remove the bindings, which is a bit of a puzzle.  They like to hide the screws that make the attachment to the ski and each manufacturer does it differently. But in the end, I got them all off and had a garbage can of bindings to haul away.

Sandra has been antiquing used oak flooring we got from a friend.  Mutiple coats of paint, then sanding it off a bit and adding dark and clear wax.  We’re using it as a tall wainscot in the second level ski room.  It’ll protect the wall from skis hanging on the racks. I’m gluing it with construction adhesive, using 18 ga. nails to hold it in place while the glue sets up.  With the colors she’s using, it really gives a big splash to an otherwise drab room. Slow process getting it up, and once done, I still need to trim the top, but should be done tomorrow if we have enough prepared.

We went out into the forest last weekend to look for a stump that we could use as a table pedestal.  Found a perfect one with a root splay.  Got it back to the house, I trimmed it and Sandra cleaned the dirt, bark, sanded it and weathered it.  Letting it dry before urethaning it, but it’ll make a perfect base for a kitchen table top we’re getting ready to build.

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An oblique view of the wainscot going in. You get more of a brown, wood look.
Straight on though, you see an explosion of color.
And the bunk beds now have mattresses and some of the bedding.enouh for our daughters dog at least!
Raw stump
Sanding it


Posted to washougalhome by Rob in Washougal, WA on 10/23/2018 6:04:56 PM

Summer has come and gone. We were busy through out though, no moss growing under our feet. If we weren't doing things on the property then we were off traveling in the RV someplace. Where to begin for the update...


The upper rock wall is done. We rented a mini-excavator over Memorial Day weekend and got it done. No small feat. That was running the machine and working sunrise to sunset. My arm's felt like they couldn't move anymore, sore to do anything. Advil does wonders thankfully. After the wall itself was done, it was another week of grading and picking out rocks to get the ground ready for planting grass seed and then spreading grass hay over the whole thing. 

After grading it was time to get on with installing the irrigation pipe and direct burial electrical cable along with 5 hydrants around the property so we could have power and water in far corners of the property. We also put 7 zones of watering in the vineyard so all of the existing and new vines could get watered regularly (12 zone system in total). It took us a month to get all the pipe underground, put the zone wiring in, put the electrical line in, do all the junctions and connections, test it all, and then get it all buried. That's all the stuff you don't see! The above ground work still needed to be done which was putting the finishing touches on the multi-function hydrants, which had the water spigot on one side of a 4x4 post, and an electrical quad plex with outdoor cover on the other side. Our well provides outstanding flow (we have a 119 gallon pressure tank on the line as well), which is great for pushing water all around the property but the high pressure means we had to use pressure reducers on all of the drip lines. We laid out almost 2,500 feet of drip hose and every single plant and tree that we have planted is now watered with a dripper, resulting in over 500 drippers dripping. We also cut and drilled 450 special home made deep watering pipes to put the drippers inside with a 45 degree angle cut on the bottom and multiple holes on the side, with a cap put on the top to keep dirt and bugs out of the pipe. I'll post a picture of what they look like. Though well water is 'free', we like the water to get down into the roots directly. 

My wife had to put a mesh netting all the way around the vineyard to keep the wild life out. Unfortunately we didn't think of birds as being a potential problem and sure enough, in mid-September while she was preparing for a first small grape harvest, a flock of crows decided otherwise, and in 24 hours ate every last grape that was waiting for harvest. She cried for an hour solid she said when the issue was discovered. Maybe it was the $300 in equipment that has ended up sitting in their box now on a shelf or the class she had signed up, that while informative didn't mean much when you have no grapes for production. Disappointing to say the least. 

The septic system is fully installed and working now. We did a go-around dance with the county on getting it approved. The county initially approved it before I buried it all, but then came back via telephone and asked if I was on the state approved list of installers. I said no, of course not, I am a resident owner installer of a single gravity feed family system (ie I can do it myself). They said I still needed to take the test, and it required a proctor fee followed by a state grading fee to verify I passed. I hedged my bets and took the test and only paid the proctor fee. While taking the test, it was obvious the test was for a contractor level person, asking questions about pressure systems, raised bed systems, and the like, more about other systems than the gravity feed single family residential system that I had installed. So long story short, I balked at paying to have the test actually graded, and spelled out in an email to the original inspector why I believe based on the county and state code that they were forcing me down a flawed path. It took a month but they ultimately came back with a compromise that they would approve my install if I agreed to an 18-month inspection by a county list approved contractor. I said fine. After that was all said and done, it was the very dry month of August here in the NW so we didn't do the final grading and put grass seed down over the drain field until the end of September. 

In the aerial photo I'll post, you'll notice a number of RV's in the driveway... it was Labor Day weekend so we had multiple friends/family and their rigs up for the long weekend to relax and enjoy the great outdoors with no fee's attached.  Campgrounds on long weekends can be so crowded!

Photos

Getting the vines in the ground
Read some research reports about deep watering systems so we created our own pipes to stick in the ground with a dripper in the pipe itself.
Aerial view over Labor Day weekend.
Renting a trencher was faster than trying to use our tractor's backhoe. Less mess as well.
Septic tank ready for inspection and then burial
Grow tubes for the grape vines... keeps them protected from the elements and mammals both.


Posted to MadeByMelissaPdByChris by Melissa in Berea, KY on 10/17/2018 5:02:10 PM

Tomorrow we will begin breaking ground for our pole barn.  It is necessary to construct this prior to the home because we sold our home and everything is being stored in a semi tractor trailer!  We need to get everything transferred to the barn ASAP! (plus I packed my winter clothes/stuff and I need them)


I will finalize the plans the beginning of November.  Our goal is to break ground in the spring of 2019.

I am so excited to do this because:

1.  I know I'm fully capable
2.  I WILL save us money
3.  I love to create

Wish us luck!

Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 10/14/2018 10:28:39 PM

Friends and family came out to visit and vacation over the past couple weeks, both groups working it around the balloon fiesta that’s held in Albuquerque every fall.  Weather has been a bit spotty for the festival, but they got to see the ascensions and evening festivities.  Much time was spent in Angel Fire and surrounding areas including narrow guage train excursions to see the fall foliage.


The visits were a good test of the interaction between people and house, and all went very smoothly on that front.  The last of the company left this morning before the arrival of the first real winter storm of season.  Yesterday we got the snowplow back onto the Jeep and reinstalled the side windows.  I raked out the driveway to reduce the variation of gravel so I don’t scrape it off with the plow. And I spent a couple of hours foaming the remaining holes in the garage ceiling around plumbing and garage doors.  That should eliminate cold air that was able to circulate in the ceiling and make its way into the second floor. 

Before company arrived, I got the lower section of two bunkbeds built.  Today I started on the upper bunk on one section started.  Need to cut slats for it and eventually make railings but slowly they are beginning to take shape. Ther e has been a lot of trial and error in laying them out, but what I learn on the firstwill translate into faster construction on the next ones.

Oh and the chairs for the dining table arrived.  A month early. Really wonderful construction with all mortise and tenon construction, steam bent backs and a fantastically smooth finish.  No cushions but extremely comfortable nonetheless.  

And the pool table came as well. Not much left except mattresses for the bunks.  I’ll be happy to not see the delivery trucks coming every day!

Photos

Dining table with chairs finally added
Fall colors from the train. Beautiful country!


Posted to Tanglewood by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 10/13/2018

Good weekend days are getting rather more rare these days as winter is coming on, but I was finally able to grout the rock around the wall!  Yay!

A step back for a moment about Tanglewood.  The house itself has a "dry stack" layout, such that there isn't any grout to speak of between the layers of stone....they are tightly positioned one against the other.  When I started with the door I actually wasn't sure I'd have enough rock to do the same around the door (despite the larger-than-expected amount I had managed to collect). So I went with the more classic "wide grout" layout and honestly I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.

I've got nearly the whole door area done as of this writing; it actually is going pretty quickly.  There's a little bit yet to do and then I need to extend the grout down to the pillars themselves, but I should be able to get that done tomorrow.

One step at a time!


Steven in Colorado

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The left hand side of the door, nice and grouted tightly.
The right hand side of the door. I think this dark gray looks pretty nice myself.
The upper right, showing the work and the bit of stucco that I need (eventually) to fix.
Another shot of the left hand part of the door.


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Posted to Tanglewood by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 10/9/2018

Well now that the rainy days of autumn have arrived, The Leak has (of course) cropped up again.  Dang it.

First the good news related to the turret.  I've been doing work up on top of the turret cleaning it all up and getting ready to put a new membrane seal onto things and I have to say it all looks pretty danged good.  There's a "dip" in front of the main scupper which causes water to pond rather than that I'll need to level out, but fortunately I'd thought about that and bought some stuff to do so.

The leak however is still present and we got enough rain to (of course) leak again (pics below).  Very frustrating.  Feeling around the length of the patio door it's wet along the whole way, but I think it's "more wet" along the southern edge than towards the northern (house) edge.  

Once the rain stops and I can clear everything off I'll take a closer took of course.  I need to completely clean off the top of the turret (pine needles, cones, etc.), then level out that one part before I can put a new layer on top.  Down below, I'll clean off the whole walkaround and then double check everything once more--maybe I missed something causing the leak.  I'll probably put a new layer on everything as well if the weather is amenable.

I want to fix the ceiling in that room but of course I can't until I've got that leak stopped.

I'll get you fixed sooner or later, Tanglewood--it will happen!


Steven in Colorado

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At least I've got a pretty good system now to catch the water....dang it.....


Posted to Tanglewood by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 10/5/2018

A friend of mine at work noted that she wanted to see what Tanglewood looked like.  After doing a bit of digging I realized I didn't have any good pictures, so I walked around the house this morning and snapped some for her.

And here you go.


Steven in Colorado

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The front of the house from (more or less) the driveway.
The front of the house towards the turret side of Tanglewood. My computer room is up there at the top of the tower.
The back of Tanglewood looking towards the turret directly behind a tree (sorry).


Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 9/28/2018 9:50:52 PM

The architectural inspection went well.  Fellow only spent a few minutes taking pictures for the committee meeting the following week.  We passed and will get our deposit back.  Last inspection will be the final from the building dept. I think we’ll hold off till after the first of the year, or close to it.  Trying to get back to trim, but so many things to do before company begins arriving in two days.  Got several tv’s up this week and ordered a couple more.  Every bedroom gets one and each of the living areas.  Still have a couple  more to order.  While you can spend a bunch on the latest and greatest, you can find some pretty hellacious deals on 4k smart tv’s.  Like 55” units for just over $300.  Really saves a bunch.


Been wanting to finish the install on the range hood for the lower kitchen.  But they forgot to send a chimney extension (10’ ceiling), and then the one they sent wasn’t the correct one.  So called today and will see if they can get it right.

Got the final piece of threshold up and caulked.  I can put the wet saw away! Yea! One more thing done! 

I finally got the washer and dryer for the rental level installed. That feels good! 

Will begin to assemble a coffee table tomorrow now that the weathering is done.  Definitely not getting finished before company comes, but- - - - - 

Taking time off to be with friends and family so will be a while before the next post!

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Skytrak loaded for the journey to its new home.


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Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 9/21/2018

:-(. It’s time to say goodbye to the trustworthy machine that did sooooo much heavy lifting on this project. It’s been sold to a contractor in Albuquerque who does disaster restoration.  That includes a lot of roofs that need replacing after fires, and this machine should do very well helping them pull off the old trusses and hoist up new. Saturday morning, tomorrow, I’ll drive it down the mountain and load it upon a flatbed where it will be transported to it’s first project down there for the new owner.  


It’s a machine that we really could not have built the house without it.  The framer, the stucco guys, the roofer, the landscaper the rock guys and most of all - us! have relied on it to reach to the highest heights, lift some awfully heavy loads, emptied dozens of semi trucks.  And for all of that, we have paid very little.  Some maintenance items and fuel. It’s being sold for $500 less than I bought it for.  A pretty good deal in my estimation.  I would suggest than anyone building a housethat needs heavy equipment, think about buying used and reselling when done.  The equipment is valued by the hours on the machine, not the year and the number of hours one actually puts on it is really pretty small.  In my case, a couple hundred hours over two years.  That really didn’t decrease the value.  And for two years, it was at my complete disposal.  Rented, it would have cost $1500-$2000 a month.

But it’ll be sad to see it go.

Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 9/20/2018

So this week I got the shelving up in both kitchens. The shelves that Sandra had worked hard on preparing are finally in place. The rental level kitchen went pretty easily.  The backsplash is made of softer tile and the masonary drill bit went through easily.  On the other hand, the tile in the main kitchen is thick, porcelain tile.  Porcelain is so hard that a regular masonary bit barely makes a dent.  I ordered diamond bits from a tile tool supplier.  Did they work? Well, barely. The first bit wore out after 12 holes, the second lasted even shorter.  In the end, I reduced the number need to be drilled by eliminating the lower screw on each shelf bracket.  After all, it is the top screw only that is really holding everything up.  


While Sandra is finishing up urethaning the bunkbed frame pieces, we’ve started on two coffee tables, using material from the sawmill.  Just started those and we’ll see how well they turn out.  A lot of individual pieces go into each one.

Sandra repainted the entire stairwell this past week.  A ton a work! It had gotten pretty trashed over the past year plus, from hauling stuff up and down, and staining the stairs.  It just looks soooo much better all freshened up!

Company arrives a week from Sunday.  Two groups through the middle of October. Trying to get as much done before they get here.

Just about ready to have pictures taken for the rental unit so we can get it listed on AirBnb and other sites.  Just waiting for the pool table so it can appear in posting pics.

We think we’re almost done, but boy! It just seems to never end!


Photos

Fireplace on the second (rental) level is finished. Just need to get a TV and mount it
Rental level kitchen with the shelves in place. Makes such a finished look
Main level kitchen shelves. This is the coffee bar, where guests, and us, can go get set up in the morning and stay out of the main kitchen! ;-)


Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 9/15/2018 9:33:48 AM

This time it is the architectural.  Had one before but didn’t pass as all of the outside stuff wasn’t completed.  I had been under the assumption it was only to ensure I complied with the finishes and style that had been presented originally, but then was told it was also to ensure the exterior was finished.  So now it is. The past couple weeks have been spent going around and taking care of the last little items. Garage door trim is the last item and will be done today.  The exterior thresholds are done and turned out pretty good.  I had been pondering how to trim them out ever since the doors were installed in 2016. But the final idea was the best.


We continue to make slow progress on bunk bed frame materials.  They have been cut and planed, Sandra has sanded much of it and applied the weathering solution and the moisture content is dropping as we’ve had a full week with plenty of sun and no rain.  

Hopefully this weekend, we can start applying the window coating using the Skytrak to get us to the upper reaches.  With the good weather, the ground in the backside should have dried out enough to allow us to get the heavy monster in without bogging down.  But, with all the things we have on tap, maybe that chore will stretch into next week.

Photos

A shot of the theshold process. First had to take a diamond balde on a grinder to cut the concreteto the correct height. Since the area to be covered is both the concrete core and the foam form, thinset was applied to the concrete section and large globs of silicone (which sticks to anything clean) to the foam. The stone slab is then set in place.
Different door than the one above here, but shows all of the stone set in place
Using a grout bag, much like a large pastry bag, to grout/caulk the joints. Instead of using actual grout, I used LogJam log chinking material. Wonderful stuff! It’s an acrylic-based material that has a grit included, a lot of air entrained and sticks to most things. We’ve used it on all of the stone, and stone/:window joints and it has held up extremely well. As it is used on log homes, it is flexible to allow for the expansion/contraction of the logs. But here it is still stiff enough when cured to work really well for these other applications. And it comes in a large variety of colors. Far more than regular caulk
Finished threshold


Posted to MCKAY-ICF-BUILD by Thomas in Oconomowoc, WI on 9/12/2018 1:55:48 PM

My ICF blueprints are completed and I have reached out to several financial institutions for financing. I am fortunate that the National Exchange Bank has responded to my request to be an O.B. I have a lot of proposals that have been completed by many sub-contractors, but many are slow to respond. I am hoping to have them all wrapped up by the end of October.

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Posted to Tanglewood by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 9/10/2018

Okay, so after deciding last week that I was going to go with more rock rather than trying to cut wood curved to fit the arch of the door, I spent some quality time selecting rock and building a stockpile of stones to use.

After I got the rock selected out I worked on installing the wood for the straight portions of the pillars on either side of the door.  As much as I liked the idea of a "real pillar" I couldn't find any that weren't FAR too wide...I needed a very *narrow* pillar to fill in the gap between the edge of the door and the wall.  Every square pillar I could find was at least 4" wide, and the half circle columns were frankly worse size wise.  (I'm not sure why this is since you'd think there would be a need for them, but I guess not.)

So I got myself some nice pine and started going with a layered square look. The pillars had to have  slight stepdown as the edge went "up" the door (the arch apparently was deliberately designed to widen slightly towards the top) and so I measured carefully so as to make the transitions look a bit natural.  

By the end of the day I got the pillars in place and had started putting in the rock...well, *a* rock anyway.  More to come.  Once the rock is all done, I'll grout everything into place.

Step by step, I'll get this thing done!


Steven in Colorado

Photos

Pillar on the right hand side. It's not stained yet so it's a bit tricky to distinguish it from the door itself.
Pillar on the left hand side....
I got one rock on before it was time to shut things down for the day. But it's one!


Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 9/9/2018

The last fireplace is nearly finished, as long as I have enough stone!  It’s going to be really close. If I’m short, I’ll have to order a small box of additional which will set back the completion a few weeks.  Definitely trying to limit waste to a minimum and am doing a good job of that, but it’ll be close.


I have four of the eight thresholds set.  Will work on some of the others this afternoon.  It’s a really dirty job as I have to grind down the concrete ICF core to get to the correct level that everything lines up.  A huge amount of concrete dust just gets everywhere. Ugh!

Sandra has nearly all of the kitchen shelves weathered and most lacquered.  As soon as the brackets arrive, we can begin setting them. She has also begun lightly sanding and weathering the components for the bunkbeds.  While the wood isn’t completely dry yet, it’s a jump on them and allows the weathering to take place while we still have decent sun.  As the season progresses, the intensity of the sun continues to drop and will lengthen the time it takes to weather the wood.  Last year, it took up to two weeks during winter to get a somewhat decent amount of weathering.  

I’ll also try to get over to my old landlords shop this afternoon to use his big planer on the 1x material for the coffee tables.  While that may be a later project beyond what is more pressing, I might as well get that done so as the weather turns colder, it’ll be a good indoor project.

Photos

early stage on the fireplace
Further along. Mantel set
Nearly there!
Sandra lightly sanding a 6x6 for a bunkbed
A couple of elk for vistors this morning


Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 9/6/2018 11:10:02 PM

We had a full house over Labor Day weekend, with the daughter from Denver, her boyfriend, a couple they are friends with and Tom, who is building across the road, and his son and a friend of his. It was a good trial run for having future visitors and rental guests.  All in all, it went very well.  I had just gotten a 36” griddle hooked up to house propane, which we used to cook breakfasts.  Wow! That thing is great and  makes it so easy.  Bacon, sausage, hashbrowns eggs any style and pancakes.  I felt like I was working at Waffle House.  Tuesday evening, we had people over for dinner and used it for scallops and shrimp.  Now I felt like I was working Benihana’s. :-)

But no joke it makes easy work of large amounts of food.

Went to ABQ to see off some friends who are moving :-( but that just gives us another place to visit in the future, right? 

So tomorrow it is back to work.  The fireplace is slowly coming along.  The new stone is heavier and doesn’t sit as flatly as the Eldorado brand did, so I set a few rows and let it sit till next day.  I set the stone on top of the outdoor fireplace, and am now working on the exterior thresholds which are getting a flat stone.  The thresholds are going along better than I expected.  I’ll started actually setting some of them with thinset and silicone tomorrow.

Once the thresholds are finished, I think I’m  for the final architectural inspection, no wait, teim around the garage doors.  That should be a pretty quick job. Maybe by the end of next week I’ll be ready for it.

It’s been raining every day for well over a week, and while that is great to keep fires at bay, it doesn’t help with getting the lumber to dry.  And everyone is starting to get tired of it. And the forecast is for more to come.  We’ll see what we can do about the wood.


Photos

Downstairs fireplace slowly taking shape.
A little further along with the mantle attached


Posted to Tanglewood by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 9/1/2018

Okay, I had a plan and it just flat wasn't going to work....so I decided to Change the Plan.

My idea originally was that the upper part of the door would have all that rock, and that the sides would be encased pillars or pilasters or something like that.  The bottom parts are straight enough, but the top sections left and right needed to have a slight curve along the edge of the door.  After some searching I found wood suitable enough size wise, but of course I had to do some cutting to get them shaped properly.

Unfortunately I simply don't have the tools to do this properly.  I tried, I really did....I used a jigsaw that I simply could not keep under control, I tried a table saw while carefully working the wood as I turned it, I tried using a simple a handsaw.  None of it worked, and after basically wasting an entire day I basically only ended up with a bunch more scrap for the fireplace.   It was clear that I wasn't going to be able to make the arch at the top of the pillars properly arched, and I frankly was running out of patience.

So after some due consideration I decided to continue the rockwork down from where I had stopped earlier to the straight sections on either side.  As it happens that is exactly five feet (60"), so I needed to extend the rockwork about a foot on either side.

Attaching the rock per se isn't going to be hard because I have a lot of the thinset mortar.  The more difficult thing is to find rock that would fit the space to either side of the doorframe--I used virtually all larger rock and the vast bulk of the remaining decorative rock was all cut by the builders.  That meant they were basically flat on one side and certainly didn't look at all "natural".  Bugger.

Fortunately one aspect of living on a gravel road is that it is basically made of rock.  Lots and lots of rock.  Big rocks.  Small rocks.  Pretty rocks.  Rocks you can use on a door....

So I'll be spending the next couple of days gathering rocks for the door.  Thought I was done with this bit, but there you go.....monkeys gotta adapt!


Steven in Colorado


Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 8/30/2018

Drove up to Pueblo Wednesday to pick up the stone order at the distributor that finally arrived.  Stone for the downstairs fireplace, stone for the top of the outdoor fireplace and stone for the door thresholds.  So now it’s time to get to work on it.


Started running the downstairs fireplace today.  Got it up to the level of the hearth and will let it set overnight so the thinset can cure.  Will set the wood hearth on it tomorrow and begin to move up on the stone.

Thresholds will be next.  Get those finished and we’re closer to a final inspection as well as an inspection for the architectural compliance.  I need the latter to get our deposit back.  

I got a small load of steel on Tuesday.  Some 1/2” square tubing and flat stock.  A piece of flat will be used on one last barn door, bit the other was ised to make a cover grate for the sewer pump.  The pump is at the bottom of a 4’ diameter culvert.  I have needed to get it done for some time so no one can fall in.  Took about an hour to build, cutting the steel and welding it all together.  Another item taken care of.

Sandra and I have been  working on the rough cut lumber, even though it hasn’t fully dried.  Got the shelving cut to length, then I used a powered hand planer to get it semi-smooth.  Then Sandra takes the orbital sander to it.  The 1x material has dried pretty quickly, as one would expect.  I keep reversing the exposure to minimize cupping.  Weathering has taken place on several and lacquer is going on.  

I’ve gotten all of the 6x6 planed, as well as quite a bit of the 2x6.  These I’ve used the planer to try to create a look of handscraping.  We’ll see how well it turns out. It’d be neat to begin the first bunk bed in a couple weeks.  

And lastly, we set the backsplash on the downstairs kitchen.  Took a day to get it up.
Sandra has since grouted it.  It’s white subway tile and brightens up that level a lot.  

So, a lot of things in the works, and one has gotten finished.


Photos

Sandra sanding on the shelf boards
Backsplash going up
Grate being made
Grate finished and in place
Some of the 1x material up drying
One other thing that got done was connecting a propane line to a new griddle, eliminating the need for a refillable tank.
A beautiful sunset tonight over the mountains.


Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 8/21/2018 10:00:59 PM

Sandra has had the fun, not, of grouting the tile we set in the main kitchen.  Unlike most standard tiles, this has a very deep inset profile around the edge of each one.  Like a good 1/4” deep by 1/2” wide.  She tried using a grout bag, like a pastry bag only larger, but it didn’t really work.  So she is using her fingers to work the grout in without filling the entire depression.  A slow process, but she has now finished two sections, one more to go.  


I’ve been continuing to work on door trim.  I think it’s nearly finished, but I’m short a couple boards.  Do I, order a bit more aspen? Or try using spruce.  I’ll ponder it a bit. But the crown moulding on top is just about finished.  It’s gone reasonably well, if only, I could measure correctly.  

I went and picked up an order of rough cut lumber at the mill this morning.  Took my 10’ trailer.  I didn’t realize just how heavy the order would be.  From my estimates when I unloaded each piece, I probably had close to 3000# on a trailer designed for 1500#.  Some pieces were so long they nearly dragged the ground.  But we made it home in good order.  I unloaded and spread it out to dry, and then the skies opened up. Oh well. This load is going to be planed but in keeping with a more handhewned style.  Most of it is going towards four bunkbeds, some for a couple large coffee tables, and some for exposed shelving in both kitchens.  Plenty of work to do once it dries.  I figure about a month and we can begin working it.

Waiting on the stone for the lower fireplace.  It’s in Denver now, distributor in Pueblo, CO can’t spare a truck to pick it up just yet as one of theirs is broken.  They asked if I could go and get it in Denver. An extra 3-4 hours that would be added to a 7 hour trip already. No thanks! Hopefully. They can get it within a week.

The car lift got a good workout this past weekend.  Daughter in Denver drove down for me to install skid plates and rock sliders (heavy duty guards that take them place of running boards) on her 4-Runner.  Seems she is getting into trail riding since she moved west!

Should be able to tile the lower kitchen backsplash over the weekend.  Using subway tile on it so grouting should be much easier when Sandra works on it. All in all, things keep progressing!

Photos

Sandra grouting the second wall section. You can see she is working it in by hand
A closeup of the crown moudling detail around each door. This adds six pieces of trim to each interior door.
The load of rough cut lumber. 2x6, 2x12, 6x6, and 1x6.
Laying it out to dry.


Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 8/20/2018 2:26:36 PM

While the rest of the country is still experiencing hot weather, fall is appearing here in Angel Fire.  You can feel the angle of the sun isn’t as high as it was a couple months ago, the days are definitely shorter, and today is cold and gray.  Yesterday was beautiful and we took the convertible out for a drive through the valleys and mountains, but you could see a visible change in the color of the aspens, turning a lighter shade of green and one actually a full yellow color, a month and a half ahead of itself.  Although we enjoy skiing, neither of us are ready for winter yet and wish the summer would last a while longer.  It’s gone by so quickly. :-(

Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 8/14/2018 10:15:55 AM

o we decided to tackle the backsplash on the main level yesterday.  Took Sandra and I a very long day but it is up.  It started very quickly, but when it got to the myriad cuts that needed to be made and made again, that’s when things slowed.  I cut and Sandra installed.  Still has to be grouted and will be once we get grout, but at least the bare wall with all of the pencil marks from cabinet installation are covered.  We’ll head to Albuquerque later this week to pick up the heater for the patio and stop by HD for the grout and get it finished.

Photos

Sandra at work installing the backsplash
Coffee bar section finished
Stove area finished


Posted to Car-Rentals-in-Udaipur by Raj in Delhi, AL on 8/14/2018 6:32:53 AM

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Posted to Tanglewood by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 8/14/2018

Well bugger all.

First the Good News.  I took a good look at the grout work and it's all solid; I like it.  There are a couple of spots I'd redo if I was motivated but they're all WAY UP THERE over the arch of the door; nobody will even be able to see them from the porch.  So they're good.

I need to start taking measurements for the bottom half of the door and consider how I'm going to finish that bit off.  I'm pondering some type of pillar, or shallow extrusion or pilaster.  Given the slight slant of the door arch itself I might buy a larger single board and cut it down to size.  Not really sure; I'll have to ponder it.

Either way that leads to the Bad News.  A very close friend of mine has passed away unexpectedly, so I'll have to run back to Missouri to give him a proper sendoff.  Unfortunately that probably means this will delay furtherance of the door work for a week, though at least I have to spend some time gathering options anyway.

Life  happens!


Steven in Colorado

Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 8/13/2018 10:42:42 AM

We’re at a stage where things seem to be coming together pretty quickly.  The top rails on the deck were started and finished in a few days. Went to big blue to get redwood 2x6 but their inventory shown online didn’t match.  They had none in stock.  So I decided to get douglas fir, also pretty weather resistant, which they had in 2x12.  Ripped them down on the table saw and then ran each through the table saw again, twice on edge at a slight angle to create a a double cant, or roof-like shape on the top side, to shed water and create a nicer profile than a simple flat board.  After sanding and staining, they, and some live-edge boards that Sandra had prepared were all installed over the next few days.  Really makes for a finished look.


More door casing was prepared over the weekend as well.  I think we’ve got the final pieces done, just need weathering, lacquering.  We’ll find out when we install, if we have it all.

Ordered 400’ of small crown for the tops of the door moulding.  It arrived Friday and yesterday Sandra applied the weathering.  She should be able to lacquer it in a couple of days.

I’ll start the tile backsplash in the main kitchen today.

And the big thing that happened - we have living room furniture!  We had ordered it in lat June and last night it arrived.  Used the Skytrak to get it up to the third floor, where the guys offloaded and set it up.  Reeeealy nice to have something to sit on!  

Photos

Sandra lacquering live edge boards. She has nearly used the entrie trailer load we brought back from Tennessee earlier this year.
Running a top rail through the table saw at a slight angle. Two passes like this to create the profile needed
Top rail installed.
Section of live edge top rail. Used to create a larger surface to allow for drinks to be set upon. Backsplash of powder-coated steel cutouts to prevent glases from being down over the edge
We had a visitor early morning last week. A good sized black bear foraging for food. Was really a beautiful animal with a gorgeous coat


Posted to Tanglewood by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 8/13/2018

I realized I probably didn't provide a good pic of the rockwork along the top of the door, so here ya go.

That "divot" along the upper right is where some stucco came down; I'll have to color match it before I can work on replacing it.

Next up, the grout work!  Since I didn't do the rock as a "dry stack", as with much of the house (I didn't think I had enough rock, frankly) I'll need to grout it up similarly to the tiles around the fireplace.  I'm thinking a gray or perhaps a black color; going to have to experiment a bit.


Steven in Colorado

Photos

Nice mix of sizes left from the original construction.


Posted to Tanglewood by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 8/11/2018 11:39:37 PM

A major milestone completed today (finally!) as I put the last stone in place around the door.

I almost got there last outing, but between working on rock inside the house and the rework/reset of a stone I didn't put in properly I lost my daylight.  Checking on the existing work from last week I realized that one more rock was to even the right side up so I did that, which didn't take long but which needed some good bracing.

While that was all setting up I mocked up some different layouts using broken/old stone and various shades of grout.  El Dorado Stone had recommended  a color they called Smoke, but upon application it seemed way too brown for my tastes.  I had already had my thoughts that it might not be what I wanted so I swung by Ye Olde Home Depot and got two others, Natural Gray and Charcoal.

Both the Natural Gray and the Charcoal were good, definitely.  I had to make up two test batches for the Charcoal; I felt the first time around the "gaps" between the stones were too large and so I wasn't necessarily getting a good view as a result so I set up a second trial.

The Natural Gray seemed much more normal for me.  I decided that I really would have liked to see what a Dark Gray might look like, but a.) that would have meant running back into town and b.) they didn't have any in stock anyway (I was just there and so I knew).

So in the end I went with the Natural Gray for the grout.  I plan to put it on tomorrow.  I think I'll mix it a little bit "wetter" than the instructions say so I can flow it a bit better, and I made sure to pick up a couple of tubes of matching sanded grout so I could touch up the edges a bit as needed.  Should be glorious...fingers and other appendages crossed.

I already know I'm going to want to do the rock around the bottom of the door as well, probably.  The bulk of the stone is "dry-stacked" and hence doesn't really need any grout, but around the bottom I was thinking it did in fact want it for the sake of completeness.  I'll give it some thought first though.

More tomorrow!


Steven in Colorado

Photos

The right hand side....
...and the whole side!


Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 8/7/2018 11:44:55 PM

We continue to make progree on the trim.  The door casing should be finished by the end of the weekend with only the crown moilding portion left to finish.  That won’t be done until we after get a final inspection, as we are working hard to get the required things done to get that. Those things include all of the normal trim, exterior thresholds and top rails on the deck railings. 


I’ll head to big blue today for redwood 2x6 lumber to make those top rails.  Sandra has also been preparing several live edge planks that will also be used for top rails where we want to have more of a gathering place on the decks.  The live edge rails will allow room for drinks to be set down in a more attractive setting.  

The railing for the retaining wall is up, the stucco work an the retaining wall and in the window well is finished.

I’ve finally decided to use the stone we used for window sills for the thresholds and have a plan on how to attach them.  I need to find out if they are in stock at any of the local (3 hour drive local) yards.

The 3rd floor outdoor patio space is finished with the addition of a great coffee table that Sandra made.  It’s been wonderful to sit out there in the evenings watching the sunset and the fireplace.  I’ve ordered a radiant heater to add warmth. The fireplace puts out quite a bit, but if the wind is blowing, it doesn’t get far.  The 9’ long radiant unit will hang from the beam and provide significant additional warmth.

All of the bedrooms have been finished, complete with beds and bedding.  We had recently received the last two log beds we had ordered.  They were a bear to get in the house. The crate they arrived in weighed almost 900 lbs with the pallet. The headboards alone weighed about 200 lbs each.  As with everything else bulky or heavy, the beds were loaded on the Skytrak and lifted up.  But from there we had to stand the head and foot boards on furniture dollies to move to the respective bedrooms.  Crazy, but there are in and look great.

Photos

Outdoor space with Sandra’s coffee table finished and in.
Guest level living area. Waiting on stone for the fireplace. But based on the outdoor one we just finished, it should take a day or two only to install the stone here
One of the guest bedrooms. Ready for company!


Posted to Tanglewood by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 7/30/2018

So at long last the End Is Near with regards to the stone around the door.  By the end of the day I needed just ONE MORE STONE on the right side to have that part done!  I definitely made good progress once I was able to start last week.

I finished up all of the rock beneath the door threshold, finally restoring it to its proper look.  The other work along the right hand side moved along nicely if slowly, since it was becoming harder and harder to select the right stone to fit into the gap between the door and the hard door frame. 

In between I pulled and reset a couple of the stones around the fireplace that I had noticed were loose.  As I was working on that pair of stones I found another stupid one--somehow they decided to wedge one in a gap sideways.  I was somewhat dumbfounded...why the heck would you do that?  I levered it out and found a correctly sized stone instead.

(My opinion of the rockwork folks continues to decline.)

But anyway I got it all done except for that one last rock.  I'll do that next weekend; in the meantime I'll start researching what colors of grout I will want for the finish.  The vast bulk of the house is all dry-stack and I'm fine with that, but I installed the rock using wire mesh so I need to grout it in.  (In retrospect that was probably a mistake, but advice seemed to come to me just after I started down a particular path...ah well.)

So almost there!  Time to research grout options methinks.....


Steven in Colorado

Photos

The right hand side of the door showing the rock work. I'll need to address fixing that little bit where I knocked off the stucco.
Beneath part of the threshold.....I picked the biggest stones I had left to make all of this a bit more "solid".
The left-hand side of the door's lower side. Tricky to find all the right sized stones, but I made it work.
You can see the bottom end of the bracing for that next-to-the-last stone up above.


Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 7/24/2018 12:36:28 PM

After a long inspection, and a requirement to get railing on the retaining wall and top rail on all railings finished, we received our permanent CO.  Final inspection yet to be obtained once everything - trim, thresholds, etc are done.  But a major milestone!


New inspector accompanied on the visit.Glad he was present so as to make the final inspection go smoothly

Posted to Tanglewood by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 7/22/2018

Well dang....took a bit long to get back to this then I'd thought it would.  I ended up using the entire weekend getting an old truck down to be towed away; NOT an experience I want to care to do again!

But anyway...to The Door!

I was finally able to finish up the left hand side of the door, so next up was the right.  Things at least went a bit more quickly now that I've done the other side first and so I was able to get the first few rocks up quickly.  At that point while waiting for everything "up high" to set I realized that I hadn't yet worked on two other parts of the door.....the left and right sides and the rock below the door's threshold.

I recall when I was taking the old door out that most of these rocks basically fell off as a side effect of all the hammering and cutting and whatnot.  I honestly didn't think too much of it at the time as I was focused on opening up the wall so I could get the antler chandelier in (other than being really annoyed by the whole thing), but upon examination as I was scoping out the problem I really that they had barely been properly adhered in the first place!  The mortar was very thin, the chicken wire was simply buried under far too much concrete--they would have fallen off if I'd slammed the door very hard, I think.

Disgraceful and sloppy work indeed.

Okay...deep breath.  Since I discovered I could multitask with rock in several areas around the door I began to do just that, working in a "round robin" kind of way to get the rock back on.  For the most part this meant I could work faster but there were unexpected complications--the old chicken wire stuck out over the threshold of the new door (since it was larger now) and some of the old mortar had to chiseled off to provide a more level surface to re-attach the new stone.  

Still it's been an interesting day.  I spent much of the time taking a long break to measure and set out potential stones and prepping the surface, followed by a whirlwind of setting rock in one section around the door or another.

Not done yet, but getting there!  Next week I think.  Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha……..


Steven in Colorado

Photos

Lots of bracing and clamping, but I made progress.
This is the left hand side of the door; a lot of that was mostly because I had to trim down the chicken wire.
This is the section underneath the door. Basically ALL of that rock fell off due to their sub-standard work....sigh. That's okay, I can fix it.


Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 7/21/2018 3:22:13 PM

Fireplaces that is.  The outdoor unit is finished and working, just waiting for stone to cap it.  That leaves the second level fireplace, ready for stone but it’ll take several weeks to arrive.  Originally they had told us it was carried in stock, so we had waited before trying to get it.  But as always, there is plenty of other things to keep us busy.


Sandra has been working on the second level doors while table and shelf projects sit and dry. With a short break in the rain, I turned my attention to going back to stucco around the window well window, and on the top of the retaining wall.  Before I could start the retaining wall though, I had to set post anchors, drilling into the concrete and using some of our leftover Simpson bolts to fasten them.  I’ve got one more hole to drill, for a power run outside. Then I think I’m done with the big hammer drill for some time.  It was one of the best $400 spent on the project.  Drilled close to 2000 1/2, 5/8 and 3/4” holes, 5-10 inches deep, several 4” holes with it and it still works like day one.

I started to clean my side of the garage as a break from working on the house.  It’s not a whole lot of fun, and I’m taking my time on it, but in a few weeks it might look like something organized.

Called for a permanent CO for Monday as well as a final.  Hoping to get the permanent even though not all the doors have handles since they are still being lacquered, but we’ll see.  The final I have no idea whether I’ll get.  Have no idea what they require to be finished.  As you know there is still tons of trim left. Speaking of which, I’d better get to some of that today.

Photos

Fireplace and outdoor furniture. Looking more like a home all the time
First evening of use. Almost like camping!
Construction stage
Posts anchored into the retaing wall
First coat of stucco applied


Posted to Art-Camacho by Art in New Braunfels, TX on 7/19/2018 6:30:36 PM

began putting together plans and gathering data for specs, etc. 

Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 7/16/2018 8:52:47 PM

We often use the two words interchangeably, but there can be a large difference.  While I am working to try to finish the house, getting trim done, two fireplaces done, taking care of annoying start up issues that seem to keep showing up in a house of this size.  Sandra is trying to make it a home filling it with artwork, rugs, and a boatload of accessories.  What I am finishing off as basic structure, Sandra brings to life.  So slowly a home is being created.


The outdoor fireplace is ready for stone.  I would have started today but it rained heavily this afternoon and while its pretty well protected, I didn’t want to have to cut stone in the rain and I took the opportunity to install the check valve and new brass fitting on the upper water heater, change the oil on the old Tahoe, and drill a couple new anchor points in the concrete wall to make sure the deck stays attached with the weight of the fireplace and guests.

So it appears after taking a shower tonight that the check valve did the trick on the water heater issue.  One more issue taken care of (I think). And the leak is fixed.  I had originally used a galvanized reducer when hooking it up, but after many temperature cycles, it had started to drip, possibly because of differential expansion of the brass on the heater and the galvanized fitting. So hopefully having brass all around will prevent any future problems.

So tomorrow I’ll begin the stone until the afternoon rains come.  We’ll see how fast it proceeds.  Once the rain starts, I’ll look at running some baseboard that Sandra should have finished preparing.  

Photos

Fireplace ready for stone. Above and on the sides, there was a heat resistant material that was supplied with the unit. I had a little Durock left over that I pieced in as well, but the rest is metal lath.


Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 7/14/2018

So the shower glass is finished. I did the four smaller showers and the glass guys showed up on Thursday and finished the other two he had left.  Sandra grouted the niches so the showers are finished.


Although I thought a lot of the 4th floor baseboard was finished, I spent an afternoon running more until I ran out.  Sandra needs to prepare some more so I can finish it off.  

Got the gas and electric run to the outdoor fireplace today and fired it up.  Tomorrow I’ll begin getting it set up for stone-set the fireproof panels and attach the metal lath.  I should be able to start running stone on Monday.  We will be certain to enjoy it as once the sun goes down, it gets chilly pretty quick.  

We’ve been overrun with chipmunks and ground squirrels and they have been eating Sandra’s flowers to the ground.  So we bought a couple traps and in the course of three days, have caught 24 of the suckers and relocated them a mile away.  

We have been having fits with the showers that run off the the pumped loop.  This is the loop that provides for constant hot water at all of the fixtures. The shower temp starts out hot but within a few minutes, begins to cool off considerably.  Thought it may be bad temperature compensators at the showers, but yesterday I got the bright idea of actually grabbing the hot water line on a shower where the the piping is external to the wall.  It was the hot water itself! So now I’m running ideas through my mind - is there a blockage in the air intake or exhaust? Is there an issue with gas flow? Is there simply a problem with the heater itself? So I pull out the manual and read through the troubleshooting section.  Apparently, I was supposed to install a couple check valves in the system.  One on the main line, and one on the hot water loop. What the function is supposed to be ( of course I understand what a check valve does) here, I’m still not sure, but I’ll head to the plumbing supplier on Monday, get a couple and see of that solves the problem.  Cross my fingers!

Posted to Quijada-project-Lake-Havasu by Michael in Lake Havasu City, AZ on 7/13/2018 10:57:52 AM

  • Lot purchased - 11/2015 - $4,607.92
  • Land Survey - 11/26/16 -$400.00
  • Engineering - 3/21/18 -$2,600.00
  • Grading - 5/8/18 -$11,768.94
  • Plans Drawn - 6/15/18 - $2,500.00
  • Fence started - 4/1/18 - still in progress

Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 7/12/2018

Tuesday the regional freight company brought up three major pieces, a pellet grill, the last refrigerator, and the last fireplace.  Sunday mattresses arrived.  We are getting closer to ending major deliveries here, and closer to selling off the Skytrak.  We have two sofas, five chairs and two more log beds that will arrive late this month, and that’ll be about it.  Dining chairs have been ordered, but will take 4  months to be made, so by then we should have sold off the Skytrack and will bring those up by hand.  That piece of equipment has been invaluable that’s for certain.


So the grill got assembled, the fireplace has been set in the frame and the fridge has been set in position. Elder daughter is coming down from Denver this weekend, so Sandra asked if I could put the glass in her shower.  I had watched the guys install the master, which helped but actually doing it took some time.  Did get it set, learned some things in the process and have proceeded to the next one.  Have decided to do all four smaller showers myself as they will only take about two hours each.  Glass guy still needs to come back for the other two we had contracted him to do.

Got the dining room table delivered, but as it seems to be with this local artist, it’s not finished.  Frustrating to say the least. 

I’m flip-flopping between projects, glass, fireplace, trim trying to keep moving as I wait for things to cure, age, dry etc.  Oh, and in the meantime had to repair the old Tahoe whose power window broke and the instrument cluster need to be replaced. No shortage of things to do!

Photos

Outdoor grill set in its frame. Need to connect the gas and electric to it, install the metal lath and rock it.
Dining table. The legs are old pitchwood stumps to keep in the same theme as the fireplace


Posted to Tanglewood by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 7/8/2018

So it was a ridiculously busy week but I finally was able to address the door after last week's work.  Again the progress was a bit slow, but steady at least.

Once again I was annoyed that gravity is such a remarkably fickle opponent, and I ended up doing a bunch of rework when I put on a stone only to have it fall off a few minutes later.  I gradually realized through some experimentation that the best way to make this stuff stay there, given the chicken wire mesh I'd put down, was to "butter" the stone very heavily and then set the stone very firmly onto the wall.  After about five minutes of holding the rock would usually suffice for it to set properly.  I only had to reset two of the stones that fell off, in both cases because I hadn't used enough mortar.

I did some other experimenting and also figured out that it was much simpler to set the "middle" stones once I had some "lower" stones to use as bracing and such.  I also wrestled up a bunch of pieces of lumber that (over time) I was able to configure to help brace and "push" the stone into place while things were setting.

Since the doors open inwards I went ahead and let some of the edges of the stone overlap the edge of the door.  Once that's grouted in properly I think that will look nice and make it a bit more "hole in the wall" (at least that's my hope, anyway).

Again I didn't go very fast, but I got more done at least!  More in a week!


Steven in Colorado

Photos

Progress showing a lot of bracing and support towards the end of the stacking so far.
A closer shot showing the edge along one part of the door where the rock overlaps the door frame. Beyond you can see fireplace and the top of the Yes I'll Get It Done I Swear antler chandelier.


Posted to Port-Townsend-Build by Casey in Sherman Oaks, CA on 7/7/2018 11:56:53 PM

I may run with this format.

My wife and I are fleeing Los Angeles after decades of living here and building a house, partially of ICF construction, just outside of Port Townsend, WA, on a 1/2 acre piece of land that we bought in 2016. It has taken this long to arriving even close to a finished floor plan.

We plan on being owner-builders and could use every piece of advice and help we can find. Neither of us have construction experience, although we did become very involved in a 500 sq. ft. addition to our old home in Woodland Hills and I have a slight advantage in having an architect stepfather.

We are haggling over design plans with the architects (and have been doing so for almost six months) and will have both a site manager (a family relation who lives several miles south) and a consultant friend who has done contracting work in the Puget Sound area. 

Currently waiting on the Septic Permit, I've got several septic installers to choose from but am reluctant to get bids until the design passes. Once that happens and we finalize the design plans, I think the train will be inching out of the station and I'll start getting bids from all the subs.

But it will be a winter build - not part of the original plan at all.

Much to write about and no time, but I will add to this, maybe photos and documents and offer questions on issues as they come up.

Until later.

Posted to The-Last-Rodeo by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 7/4/2018 9:33:26 AM

We’re slowly working through the trim - creating it, preparing it and attaching it.  As we get more installed, the house looks more and more finished.  Mirrors are all installed in the baths and the fellow that did those is going to set at least three of the shower enclosures.  At $200 each I think it was a great deal.  And they are the big ones with large sheets of glass.  He got the master done yesterday.  Will hopefully come back after the holiday for the other two.  It took him and his two sons a lot longer than I think they thought, but the barn door hardware was new to them so it included a lot of learning so the others will go a lot quicker.  When he’s done with those, I’ll talk to him about the other four.  They will be easy for me to set, but again, we have plenty to do and the price is very reasonable.


I was able to get the remaining glass extricated from the crates and set into the baths it goes in, so I can get those out of the garage and give us some more room.  Yea!

Outdoor fireplace was shipped this week.  It should be here by Tuesday.  I’ll begin framing for it tomorrow so it’ll be ready to install when it gets here.  Nights here get cold, it was 34F this morning, so it will be nice to have up and running as soon as we can get it in and finished.  The exterior will be rock, and hopefully we still have enough left from the house.  

In addition to sanding, weathering and lacquering the trim, Sandra has started on the rest of the interior doors that have now all been set. That’ll take a couple weeks but should prepare us to get the final CO.  Yea!

And I have gotten the window well window wrapped in lath and put on the scratch coat of stucco.  It needs to sit for a couple weeks before the next (brown coat), which then needs to sit before the color coat.  But by the end of the month it’ll be done.  

Posted to Tanglewood by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 7/2/2018

Well this is all very slow and frustrating at times that's for sure, but at least I've started!

I finally starting working on putting the rock around the door after having to build myself a place to work from last week first.  I pretty quickly ran into a couple of problems, one of which was easy to change my plans about and one of which was a bit more annoying.

I had originally intended to put the rock around the door in a "sunburst" pattern, basically pointing them "towards" the door.  Unfortunately the setback with the stucco around the top of the door made that impossible, and it was either change my plans or add yet more construction work to the agenda.  I decided it was better to just proceed with a normal "stacked" look instead.

That led to the second issue, and that was a bit more problematic.  It turns out that this stone won't STAY ON THE FRACKING WALL very easily....there's a little thing called 'gravity' that makes it want to fall off.  After a few failed attempts in which I was thinking I wasn't using enough mortar I finally figured out what the problem was.  Sadly, since I couldn't just "mortar and set" the things one after the other I'd have to proceed much more slowly--set, hold for what seemed forever, and then see if they fell off.

It was rather annoyingly slow work.

By the end of the day I got about a quarter of the left side of the arch done.  There are some braces and clamps holding some of them in place as the mortar sets.  Next weekend (I've used up this weekend taking more time getting ready than I'd thought) I'll get more of it done.

But at least I've started, so mote it be!


Steven in Colorado

Photos

Not really all that much rock yet; I'm still figuring out what will work here and what won't.


Posted to Tanglewood by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 7/1/2018

Well dang....didn't quite expect this per se, but in retrospect I realize I should have.

I'd done yeoman's work collecting and setting out all of the potential rock for finishing the door and was anxious to start the work mortaring it all up.  Unfortunately I quickly ran into a minor problem--but fortunately I also had a solution nearby!

So there I was, standing on the porch and pondering how I'd be installing that rock.  The best ladder I had for that is a 12 foot job that works quite well, but I realized I was looking at a heck of a lot of up and down climbing.  LOTS of climbing.  Over and over and over.  As I pondered this, my knees provided a warning throb just to remind me I was there....

But then I realized I had a solution!  I'd bought 18 feet of scaffolding towards the end of 2016 when I thought I'd be working on the chandelier that winter!  The scaffolding came in three 6 foot sections (intended ultimately to be stacked when working high up with the chandelier), but a single section should be just about exactly the right height. I'd been side-lined by some health problems during the subsequent winter of 2016/2017, and by the time I got back on my feet last year I was only focusing on things that I'd let slide for far too long.  As a result that scaffolding had just been sitting there in the corner of the garage, where (I discovered shortly) spiders had woven huge webs in and around the boxes.

So I spent some quality time building one set of the scaffolding, and (of course) it took most of the day to do that.  These parts are heavy and they weren't quite as easy to sort out as I'd assumed given that I'd bought three identical boxes.  As I unpacked them I discovered that these pieces of equipment were much heavier and well constructed than I'd assumed....this made me happy, as they should serve me well down the road when I'm working on the chandelier.

So basically it took me all day to put this thing together, between finding the right pieces, moving the rock I'd sorted out yesterday, and disposing of all of the packing (there was a  lot of carboard and paper padding).  But I got it, and now I've got myself a solid platform to do all of the work I need to do next.

Slowly but surely, it's getting there!

Steven in Colorado

Photos

The scaffold! Quite nice I think.
Very solidly built and good pins throughout...I'm pretty pleased with this whole thing.




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