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Posted by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 10/13/2016 9:35:17 AM

As mentioned in the last post, I fired the original excavator after much frustration.  The new one brought out equipment on Friday and started Monday and so far, I'm very happy with him. As the framers were in the active area Monday, he started off on the driveway, taking down the huge piles of debris that had lined the upper section of it since May.  He used it to raise the level of the drive as we needed to do and which I had been asking the original excavator forever.  Took him about an hour or so.  When the framers were out of the area, he then went to work on a large area nearer the house that I have also been trying to get dug out for months, and where the electric line from the transformer to the house needs to go.  The dirt he placed and graded around the side of the house where we will eventually carve steps into it.  The boulders he placed neatly along the edge for later use around the parking area.

Backfilled in front of the electric meter and transformer in a very cool manner by building a retaining wall with some of the smaller boulders before filling behind with dirt.  A marked difference from the other guy who simply dumped a bucket of dirt in front and left it at that.  The operator is really proficient with the equipment.  He can maneuver the 2000 lb bucket like someone brushing off a fly.  You have to admire it!

 I'd did call the owner last night though as we need to concentrate on getting the east side backfilled and pump tank set.  The timber trusses come Monday and we have to get those on.  He has been concentrating on a job he already had taken over at Taos Ski Valley and was trying to finish that up.  I understand, but in the meantime, fill can be brought in and my fellow can be placing some of it.  All in all, I'm very happy with the new company.  The framers have remarked at the speed and quality of work.  They also think it was the right thing to do.

The framers meanwhile have finished setting the porches, and while there is still bolting of the upper porch to the house to be done, they took advantage of low winds yesterday to begin decking the roof where the conventional trusses exist.  They may continue that today if winds cooperate.  They can only do so much however as again, the timber trusses are not on yet.  We'll try to set a few more windows as the roof decking continues.  With that on, there is little chance of a piece of plywood falling off and hitting a window.  We'll just be judicious with what windows get set.

I have been continuing with scratch coat where the lath has been run.  Slowly making progress, with much of the first story finished.  I do need to get back to framing out the garage doors, though.  Need to get closed in on that level as we do have the water line coming into the garage and while the plastic PEX pipe can freeze and not normally burst, I'd still like to keep that from happening.  That means getting the garage doors up!

Pics below.  For those of you new to the forum, you have to open by double clicking in order the see them clearly.

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Decks are on! House is starting to take shape.
Simple but effective wall for backfilling in front of the electric. He picked up and placed the rocks like someone placing pebbles. He's good with his machines.
With the right equipment, the job goes much faster. An issue with the first excavator is that he doesn't own large enough equipment for a job like this.



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