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Posted by Chad in Polk/Richfield/Erin/Hartford, WI on 2/17/2010

Wow! A month has passed since I last posted, and it feels like last week. So much has happened that I don’t know where to start! 

We had a little over-a-week delay due to thawing out the basement frost (it was hard as a rock). Needless to say, I was spending about $100/day for that week on heating the basement to make sure we were frost free for the basement pour. I had both a 100,000 BTU torpedo heater and an 80,000 BTU LP furnace running full-blast during that time.

I took advantage of the fact that the electric company was going to be on site burying the electric up to the house, so I had the well installed the same week. Both of them had to bang through the frozen ground. Good news with the well – they only had to drill 87 feet!

I figured while the walls were open, I would add insulation to a number of the common walls for soundproofing. It didn’t cost me more that $150 and a couple of days to install myself. Menard's was running such a good deal on their insulation, I ending up insulating the garage as well with R-13.

Once the exterior walls were insulated, the fireplace company came and installed the fireplace. The inspector caught the fact that they did not install the insulation barrier in the attic they were supposed to, so we may have dodged a future fire.

I had them sheetrock the garage and install the garage doors.  I thought I was going to heat the garage and pour, but with what I spent on fuel for the basement I might wait a little bit until it gets over 32 degrees to run the heaters there.

We had two inches of rigid foam laid in the basement and the radiant tubes installed before they poured the basement floor. Now that the basement is poured next week they will sheetrock the rest of the house and the HVAC/Plumbers will come back to finish the rest of the rough. I hope to have the drywall installed on the ceiling first; that way I can have the insulation company come back to blow the attic and finish their part.

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Well installed
Garage door installed
Tubing down
More tubes!
Fireplace installed
Sound insulation
More sound insulation
Basement being poured (cover up the tubes)
Basement poured



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