From $9.95



Syndication

Statistics

Users
Total: 31,144
Visited Last 30 days: 144
Forum Messages
Total: 20,771
Last 30 days: 12
Forum Evaluations
Total: 24,154
Last 30 days: 1
Journal Entries
Total: 5,294
Last 30 days: 9
Connections
Total: 15,167
Last 30 days: 4
Downloads
Total: 82,471

Journals

Name
The-Last-Rodeo Angel Fire, NM
24,052 Visits | 266 Posts | 426 Pix | 4 Videos
Z-Oen Dayton, OH
4 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
Tanglewood Colorado Springs, CO
113,653 Visits | 951 Posts | 2,473 Pix | 42 Videos
washougalhome Washougal, WA
671 Visits | 22 Posts | 124 Pix | 0 Videos
MadeByMelissaPdByChr... Berea, KY
63 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
Geosynthetic-Systems
53 Visits | 1 Posts | 1 Pix | 0 Videos
vanphuccity Ho Chi Minh, AL
68 Visits | 2 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
MCKAY-ICF-BUILD Oconomowoc, WI
107 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
Car-Rentals-in-Udaip... Delhi, AL
133 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
Art-Camacho New Braunfels, TX
867 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
Quijada-project-Lake... Lake Havasu City, AZ
172 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
Port-Townsend-Build Sherman Oaks, CA
152 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
MesaBarnHouse Mesa, AZ
1,316 Visits | 33 Posts | 46 Pix | 0 Videos
LalcoInteriors1 Mumbai, AL
168 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
Stan-Tol Winter Springs, FL
253 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
Metal-Buildings Conroe, TX
352 Visits | 1 Posts | 1 Pix | 0 Videos
benson-bondstone-hom... Coeur d'Alene, AL
319 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
Demetrius Kansas City, KS
404 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
Genes-Job Cocoa, FL
499 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
NorthPoleHome North Pole, AK
38,631 Visits | 40 Posts | 177 Pix | 0 Videos
See all journals...

Current Top-Rated Posters

RatingPosts
James in Beaumont, TX0.002
Timmy Weeks0.001
Steve0.002

We visited our friends' new home that they are moving into. They are owner-builders, and told us that before we did anything else, we had to go buy this book and join the O-B community. So here we are.
Phil in McHenry, IL

Try one of our new Construction Bargain Strategies for free. Coupon code: CBS. One strategy could save you $1,000 or $10,000 or maybe $50,000 when you build or remodel.

Larry in Angel Fire, NM's Journal Entries


Click here to create your own construction journal.

Posted by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 6/3/2016

They will be done with the removal of the difficult strata of rock today. The hydraulic hammer was a godsend. He has a corner left to square up this morning and it'll be done. The bad news is the excavation is costing a heck of a lot more than we were quoted, like 4x. But I understand why and won't argue about it. It has been a far larger project than either Excavator Kyle or I thought, both in volume (we pushed the house site further into the hill) and in the type of material being dug. Kyle and his crew didn't slack on the job and charged a fair hourly price. The only comment I have is I wish he would have brought in the big guns earlier, but he was trying to keep from having to rent the hammer, which was a $5,000 cost in and of itself.


Fortunately, we saved on the windows and also the beams, which offsets the additional cost here, but it would have been nicer to have kept that savings, eh? When we look at the money that has been invested to date, including the permits, water rights, excavation, etc, and all there is is a hole in the ground - well, it's a bit disheartening! And I am sure everyone goes through a stage like this. And you remind yourself that soon you'll see a building begin to go up - which appears to be starting on the 15th of this month.

I tried to attach a video of the hammer at work, but the one I wanted to use is apparently too large to use, so a short one and a few pics are attached. Remember to double-click to open fully.

Photos

Did I say "bigger job than we expected?"
A picture of a trackhoe with the hammer attached. At the end of the yellow section, there is a 4" diameter solid steel rod that is tapered a bit. Looks like a ginormous bee stringer. Beats into the rock like a regular jackhammer to break it and then he pulls it back to dislodge the section of rock. Very repetitive process, but works great!
Another shot trying to depict the height


Videos




Login to Reply




Login to comment...
Copyright 1997-2018 Consensus Group Inc.