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Posted by Danny in Sparta, IL on 8/14/2006

Aug 14th - I (Sherry) had to work half a day before I could go out to the property, but to my surprise when I arrived that afternoon about 1:00 pm, the electric company was there and was almost done installing the transformer! It only took us about 6-8 weeks after we gave them money for them to show up! Our electrical sub was also out so that he could install Dan Peck's construction power pole so they would have power on the site instead of trying to run the generator all the time. (Electric is probably cheaper than gas right now).

The subfloor sheathing was complete, the temp railing around the stairway was up, the rebar was in place and the start of the first level was underway. The rebar took some time in the morning to install as it was forgotten about while the cement was wet, so holes had to be drilled for their placement. (Oops). This is what will hold the main floor walls to the basement walls when the second pour is done. 

As you can see in the 4th, 5th and 6th pictures, here comes the storm. The guys worked right up until the light rain became a downpour. The next three pictures show the V-Buck PVC framing system. This is used to frame out the doors and windows when you use the ICF forms. It's sturdy and will hold up to the weight and pressure of the poured concrete. An added bonus, at least for me, is it will give me wide windowsills, which I think will add dimension into the room, not to mention providing a perfect resting spot for the cat.

The last picture is of the house from Nature Trail Road. It's now getting easier to see it above ground. You can see the first 'cutout' for the main entry door. The rest of the 'cutouts' should be in on Wednesday.

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