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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 12/24/2017 11:21:52 PM

Get 7 new cameras installed at the dome, and had a little extra time so I got the gate posts installed as well. The gate posts are 8" across 8' tall, and I put 3 and a 1/2 feet into the ground. Should be enough to keep it stable.

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One of the new cameras
The gateposts



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 10/18/2017 2:54:31 PM

Dug a 40' trench to add a generator hook up to the main panel, also ran water to another hose bibb.

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The trench
The cost of dragging a trailer around...



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 8/3/2017 11:09:05 AM

We recently installed ring brand security cameras near the dome. I had fun with this unsuspecting deer 

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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 7/16/2017

 Got the damaged ceiling drywall replaced, and after having some preliminary reading testing done we found out that the Dome is very tightly constructed.   However, if we open all the windows and air out the place the radon is completely gone.  We have an electronic meter to keep track of the one day, seven day, and long-term average radon concentration.  

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Close up



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 3/15/2017 1:33:29 PM

Found a great deal on some 16 foot, 8-12" wide pressure treated poles, so we got 4 of them.  One or two will be gate posts for a pair of swinging gates, and the others will be supports for outdoor lights, bat houses, and/or cameras to keep an eye on the property.

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Thank goodness for UHaul rentals.
Poles ready for transport.



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 1/15/2017

We have been trying to find a roof leak for months.  It was just barely leaking, just enough to leave a stain on the ceiling and mess up some wall paint.  Since this is a dome, there's no shingles, just paint on the roof to waterproof it.  I finally decided to paint a heavy coat of elastomeric paint over the general area where it was leaking, and I think it's stopped.  Next time we clean and paint the dome, I think we're doing the entire thing in elastomeric roof paint, probably should have done that from the beginning.

I am going to wait a couple months or so to make sure the roof leak is stopped, then it's time to order and install cabinets and countertops!

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Did some cleaning and set up a bed upstairs, now that the leak is likely stopped
Put some non-slip stickers in the bathtub
Laid out some rugs.



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 3/15/2016

I am putting on baseboards and it's the same thing over and over, so here's some recent pictures from the Ltl Acorn 6210mm game cameras we have around our property. they provide security coverage so we know what's going on. They are motion- and heat-sensitive so when something moves in front of the camera, it takes a picture and then using a GoPhone SIM card it texts the picture to my cellphone. That way I can see if someone is trying to break in or cause mischief.

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Turkey!
Big male deer!
Can't believe the camera caught a bat in flight.
Excellent color on this pic.
These are NOT our dogs...!
Group of deer right at the front door.



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 1/20/2016

The same thing happened as last time: cool weather and a lot of clearing and a big fire.

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Ditto....



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 1/14/2016

Did a lot of outside trimming and hacking in the brush. Brought up the new (old) washer/dryer and will install it next time. Pictures to come.

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After clearing and gathering all the brush and wood



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 10/28/2015

Got a BUNCH of baseboards installed, we're gluing them on so no nail holes, but it takes longer. We have to cut to fit, put the glue (we're using silicone RTV) on and prop weights on them so they stay in contact while it dries. Used a brad gun for the trim around the doors. Also replaced the oldest game camera for security and got it synced up and working.

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Mitered corners
Front door trim
Baseboard. You can see the weights holding the farthest away baseboard.



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 10/16/2015

Got some baseboards put on, trimmed around the doors (somewhat) and got the new showerheads installed. Each showerhead has an on/off valve, and the one on a hose will be moved to another bracket on the other end of the tub (bracket not installed yet).

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Weights are holding the baseboard up. I glued it rather than nailing.
Double showerheads: the silver parts are the valves. They have a small lever you can move with a thumb to turn water on or off to each one.



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 8/20/2015

Finally finished (I think) gluing the floor down. Got the trim put on the bath and bedroom doors, got the closet under the stairs door hung and trimmed, and a little mowing done. Had a leak (which we fixed) that damaged a small area of ceiling drywall, so I cut out a larger area to make sure it was dry and not still leaking. Need to replace that soon... It will be hard to match the knockdown finish. Also got some good pics of baby deer and turkeys around here.

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All three doors up and trimmed. And Leia the Jedi dog.
The section of ceiling I had to cut out. The white stuff is part of the Styrofoam that the kit is made of, it's Styrofoam covered in steel reinforced concrete (on the outside).
Two baby deer this year.
Another pic of fawns.
A group of turkeys. This is the first time we've seen turkeys on the property. The one in the foreground is a baby, too.
What I can only assume is a bat in flight in front of the camera.



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 7/27/2015

Gluing down floor, cleaning a little, and taking pictures of the wildlife.

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Deer after having lunch by eating ALL the leaves off my hedge bushes.
Some pictures Cindy took of the local wildlife.



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 5/14/2015

Spent some time gluing down floor and the rest loading up all the scaffolding to bring back to the house. Also got the east wall of the garage "powered up." I found it's a lot easier when installing a bunch of outlets like this to wire the outlets up separately (see picture) to each other and add pigtail wires so you can just attach the pigtails to the power wire and put the cover on.

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Boxes on the wall, ready for outlets
Assembly line for outlets. Faster and easier to make up the connections and pigtails at the bench and then wire them into the wall.
Since they were already wired together and had pigtail wires on, just twist the pigtails to the power wires and add wire nuts, and install.



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 5/2/2015

Glued down some more flooring, got about half done now. Planted two nectarine trees and a lychee tree, and put up field fence to hopefully prevent the deer from eating them. Also planted some arboricola bushes. These arboricola are a great hedge, and they will root from a cutting easily so when they are established, I can use them to make hedges anywhere on the property. Also got the garage overhead electric and lighting put in, and a bunch of junk cleaned out of the garage. Good times.

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More floor gluing
The arboricola, and multiple hose watering system
Leia and three trees
Trees with "deer guards"
Overhead garage lights. There's room for a middle light, I will put that up if these are not bright enough.



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 4/10/2015

Got some trim put up around the penny tub apron, makes it look a lot nicer. We're still having "peel-up" on the floor vinyl so slowly I am using a heat gun to soften the edges, peeling them up a little, using urethane adhesive to re-glue them down, and putting some heavy weights on them until they finish gluing. Since I only have just so much "heavy stuff" to weight them down, it's slow-going.

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A weighty issue...
Trim before caulking
Another penny pic.



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 3/12/2015

Got the entire outside of the dome (minus the trim) repainted in about 6 hours. Amazing how it goes so easy when the paint is clean in the first place. This is the second coat of paint, and we will repaint next year as well, so we will have a good thick layer. The paint is the rainproofing, and the first paint job failed due to non-adhesion and we had a couple leaks. We power sprayed most of that off and primed and painted last year, and this year we got another good layer on. We had a tiny leak that seems to have been fixed by the second coat, so I am hopeful we will have no problems from now on. Got some of the flooring re-glued as well, and we're hoping it stays down this time.

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Making the backsplash
Installed backsplash
Sink with backsplash
Painting
More painting
MORE painting



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 1/18/2015

We followed the directions for the peel-and-stick vinyl plank floor to the letter, and did all the "recommended" stuff as well. Sealed the floor, used a 100-pound floor roller, everything.

Nevertheless, the flooring is peeling up in many places, and we're not sure what to do. If we have to peel it up and remove it, we're faced with a HUGE mess of very sticky glue residue all over. If we leave it, not sure if it will show through the next flooring we put on the floor.

The vendor gave us a credit for the full price of the floor toward any other flooring product... but that doesn't solve the problem. We're going to try to individually glue down the corners and edges that are peeling up with heavy duty construction adhesive after heating the corners with a heat gun up and pressing it into place, also putting some heavy weights on until it's finished gluing... we will see if that works.

My recommendation: Spend the extra money and get the snap-together or "click-lock" vinyl plank flooring. It's twice as much, but you won't be sorry.

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Peeling floor.
This piece looks like it's sitting on top of the floor, but it's actually curling up at all edges. REALLY not good.



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 12/19/2014 6:53:39 AM

Yes, I know it's kind of old school, but my wife and I REALLY like the feel of sleeping on a waterbed. Nice warm floating feeling. Anyway, we got one for the dome and although it physically fits, the wall we wanted to put it against was not quite long enough.  Rather than going from a king size to a full, we decided to modify the headboard to make it fit the way we want, by cutting off the corner of the headboard!  If this wasn't a cheap used waterbed I wouldn't have tried this, but it turned out really well. I removed the headboard backing wood, cut the corner off, and replaced the backing, adding a piece since adding an angle made the backing wood too short. Turned out PERFECT.  We also brought up a large shelved entertainment center that will now be the kitchen pantry. See pictures.

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The pantry in the kitchen
Waterbed!
Waterbed headboard normal end...
headboard with corner cut and refinished.
Can hardly tell it was modified!



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 10/30/2014

We've been thinking of this sink since we went to IKEA three years ago. Finally went again and decided to get it. SO compact and saves a lot of space, plus we can put it in front of the window and it's so small it's easy to reach over it and open the window.
SILVERÅN/LILLÅNGEN Sink cabinet with 2 doors IKEA The shallow sink cabinet is perfect in a small bathroom.


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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 8/13/2014

Another two day's work and got the floor finished. Now that the bath tile is grouted, replaced the sink and toilet, and got the under-tile heat working. Very neat to have warm tile underfoot! Also installed the propane fireplace/heater, and the penny panel tub apron. Still need to install the trim pieces for the penny panels, but they are so cool I had to post them right away.

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Under floor tile heat thermostat
Tub apron with penny panels installed
Another angle
Close up of penny panels: the trim wasn't ready, so that will be installed next time.
Floor done, and fireplace installed



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 8/13/2014

Spent a few days putting in epoxy grout on the bath tiles, began the finish flooring in the main house area. The peel and stick vinyl planks were easy to apply, but the edges stick up unless you have a PERFECTLY flat floor. I'm having to spend time with a heat gun, softening the edges of the planks and putting a weight on them to get the edges to stay down. If I had to do it again, I'd go with the floating floor that snaps together or has peel and stick tabs to adhere to itself, NOT the concrete floor. Cindy placed most of the planks while I cut edges and grouted the tiles. And this is even using the "not needed but recommended" floor prep adhesive/sealer!

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the epoxy grout. It costs more, but it's about a thousand times tougher than regular grout and it's pretty much stain and dirt-proof, which is why I could use such a light color. It was a little hard to work with on the walls of the shower surround, but on the floor it was a breeze!

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Bath tile with some grouted
Floor sealer to help the flooring stick
Flooring started
100 lb. floor roller to make sure it sticks... didn't work
Mostly done
Cindy putting down planks. The "stickum" on the floor planks gets all over, as it's on the edges of the plank AND the bottom. That wasn't fun, either.



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 7/12/2014

After the pennies were grouted, the alkalinity of the grout tarnished them and caused some of the urethane on them to peel, so I stripped the urethane off the worst panel of the two. Got the pennies shined up as much as I could, washed off the Brasso and tarnish remover, and put a coat of "bar-top" epoxy over them. WOW, what a difference. Pictures don't allow you to see the full difference, but I took some anyway. The panel I have left with urethane on it was the BETTER of the two, and it looks like I painted it with Vaseline and a roller compared the the epoxy coating. The epoxy coated one looks like the pennies are encased in crystal clear glass. It's absolutely amazing.

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Closeup of the urethane-covered pennies
Urethane-coated pennies; this panel wasn't too bad, but it's going to get stripped and epoxy-coated too.
Epoxy-coated pennies; the whitish stuff is reflection; it's like a mirror.
Epoxy coating
Side-by-side comparison. You really can't tell how HUGE a difference it is unless you see it for yourself (or maybe I need a better camera).



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 7/5/2014

Got all the tile down and cleaned up, next trip is the grouting. We're using the same grout as we used in the shower, it's two-part epoxy grout. It's a little harder to work with but once it's down, it's GREAT! Completely waterproof, stain-proof, and many times tougher than regular grout. It's chemically hardening epoxy, so it's basically plastic. Won't chip or scratch. Super stuff!

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Top of balcony wall trim wood
Bedroom to overlook/stairway window. This was the glass from the front door of Grandmother's cottage.
Tile is down and ready for grout.



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 6/16/2014

Got more tile installed, some small items like towel hangers and key hooks, and Cindy installed all the windowsills. They look great! We also installed an air admittance valve upstairs, now the toilet doesn't gurgle and cough for ten seconds after flushing.

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Windowsills
Balcony wall wood top/rail
Tile almost done
Leia helping out.
Mirror and hooks
Towel hook upstairs



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 5/7/2014

Got the second floor half-bath installed; the first bathroom had all fixtures removed so I could tile the floor.  I installed electric under floor heat as well, goes under the tile.  Also installed the curtain rod and curtain for the bathtub and a bat house for insect control.

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Half-bath ready to use.
Plumbing
Under floor heater
Bat house.
New shower curtain and rod
Mostly done



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 12/31/2013 2:22:27 PM

We got all the mold scrubbed,power washed, and bleached off the dome.  Wow.  I will never let it get that bad again! We also got the garage and well pump electrical feeds moved from the temporary electric pole to the permanent meter box, so we can disconnect the temp electric service.  Fun times!  The PVC pipe in the trench is on TOP of the electrical wires, just to provide a blocker in case I try to dig there in the future.

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Scrubbing off the mold.
Paint came off in several areas...
Primered and clean.
New trench for the electrical wires. We had the electrician leave 20 feet extra and bury it when he hooked up temp electric, so we could dig it up and move it to the permanent meter. Worked out well!



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 12/24/2013 1:39:52 PM

FInally finished the panels for the bathtub apron.  These panels will be placed on the front of the tub, and will cover the front and side of the tub.  They will be screwed on and caulked in place, but removable if we need to get to the tub drain or faucet.  The gold-colored coin in the center of the larger panel was sent from Israel to my cousin in New York, who donated it to the penny project.  Thanks, Kelly!  We glued each of the pennies by hand, then grouted with black non-sanded grout, then multiple coats of urethane.  Turned out very unique and special!

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The finished front panel
Side panel
Close up before grouting



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 12/23/2013 6:49:46 PM

It's been about 5 years since we painted the dome.  We painted it with LIFETIME warranty paint, but we didn't put it on thick enough, and we didn't clean the mildew off every year or two, so it's failing.  Not bad, but enough of a problem to cause some to peel off.  SOOoooooo, it's time to bleach, scrub, andf pressure wash so we can re-paint with a couple nice thick coats of paint.  After this, once a year we will clean it off with bleach, and keep it looking good.  I don't know why the mildew and mold got so thick...there were even small lichens growing on it!!

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Before. How did we let it get this bad? Notice only the areas hit by rain are moldy...under the windows there's almost no mold.
Matt pressure washing
After. We had to stop here as it needed to dry before we could paint anything. You can see the primer on top (bright white...looks like snow).



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 9/30/2013

After a lot of consideration, we decided on a peel and stick-down vinyl wood plank floor.  It was the best compromise between cost, ease of install and looks.  It was about 75 cents a square foot.  And a 50 year guarantee!

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This is an EXAMPLE picture of the flooring...not our house.



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 9/24/2013

When you build a "non-standard" home, you are in uncharted waters. We finished the dome house and began calling insurance companies to get homeowner's coverage. NO ONE wants to write an insurance policy on a dome house. I've contacted at least five agents, and each of those agents has contacted all their underwriters. I have only ONE agent who's managed to get a policy offer on the house, and I believe he did so without saying "dome" to the underwriters. I'm guessing he said "steel reinforced concrete" and left it at that.

I really don't feel we need insurance for hazards, but I'd like the theft and flood insurance just in case. The home is rated for 225+ mph winds and has no shingles to blow off. The company that designed and built the dome guarantees them for life against all natural disasters. The exterior is steel reinforced cement (NOT stucco), 2-3 inches thick on a slab foundation. All the windows are laminated double-pane impact glass. This brand of dome survived Hurricane Andrew and Katrina with NO damage. You'd think the insurance companies would be HAPPY to insure such a structure, but I'm here to tell you they are afraid of it. 

If anyone knows of an insurance agent who's willing to do a little more work and make an effort for a really indestructible house, I would appreciate the contact info for that person. I don't want to sign up without at least three quotes.

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Finished painting.



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 9/9/2013

Need I say more? It feels like I found the Holy Grail after an eight-year quest.

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Here it is!!!



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 8/30/2013

I am SO happy! We just had our final electric, mechanical, plumbing and etc. inspections (building final) and passed all. We are a long way from being finished, but as far as the county is concerned, it "meets minimum habitability requirements", and no more inspections are needed. We still need to put down flooring, put in window sills, baseboards, trim around the doors, install cabinets, etc., but we will be getting our Certificate of Occupancy next week!!!

Had my oldest son up with me today, and we got the bedroom carpeted. We used some do-it-yourself carpet tiles; they are a short shag twist with the pad attached to the bottom. You just lay them out and fit them together, and cut the edges to fit. Worked great, we were done in three hours even with all these weird angles and such. 

Building Final RRC Approved  
Gas Final RRC Approved  
Inspector Final RRC Approved  
Electrical, TUG/Early Power RRC Canceled  
Plumbing Final RRC Approved  
Electrical Final RRC Approved  

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Carpet through the doorway
Carpet in the closet, and Leia, the photo-bombing dog.
The other side of the bedroom, and you can see the extra carpet squares we have, half of these are cut-offs from fitting around stuff.



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 8/23/2013

Busily working on the front panels for the bathtub. These will be grouted with black grout and sealed with urethane. This is the smaller of the two front panels... need more pennies...

We placed the pennies on a sheet of aluminum, and that will serve as the bathtub apron.

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Smaller panel.



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 8/12/2013

We got the bathtub grouting finished, and the caulking too. The grout we used has a matching caulk, so it looks perfect. All we have left is to call for final inspections, I think we're done enough to pass!!

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The finished bath/shower surround.
This is how you get a straight caulk line. Put down tape, caulk, smooth with finger, pull off tape.



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 8/4/2013 11:47:37 AM

We got 90% of the tile grouted in the bathtub surround, and ran out of grout.  Unfortunately, Home Depot was out of the color we are using, so we'll have to finish it up next time.  The grout is really neat, we're using CEG-Lite epoxy grout from CBS.  It's a two-part mixture that chemically sets, so you don't have to worry about measuring water, or making sure it's sealed afterward.  It's completely waterproof/stainproof, and since it's an epoxy it's basically colored glue so it's about 50 times stronger than regular grout.

I was a little afraid at first.  With regular grout if you miss some when cleaning it off, and it's hazy or dirty, with a little more scrubbing it will come off.  With epoxy grout, if you miss some, IT'S THERE TO STAY.  The only way to get it off is with a razor knife or SERIOUS scrubbing.  However, it went on VERY easily (like sandy peanut butter), stayed in the grout lines very well with no running, and came off easily when cleaning.  I highly recommend doing a small area at a time!  The epoxt grout sticks well (to everything), so if you do half a tile and finish that grout line later, you will NOT see the joint line where the two batches come together.  This stuff is GREAT!!  Also, grout mistakes (pinholes, scrapes, etc.) are SUPER easy to repair.  The epoxy grout smooths right over and fills any imperfection, and you'll never know there was a problem.

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Grout in the seams, getting ready to clean it off the tiles.
Close up of the accent strip of tiles
More close up of the tile
Me, trying to repair a little goof.



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 7/22/2013 9:41:17 PM

Had the early permanent power inspection, and the inspector requested a few items. Said we needed to conceal the electrical wire along the perimeter of the second floor, and said the stairs really needed a handrail. He was right about the handrail, boy, does it make the stairs easier to climb. With the weird stairs we have, you really need every advantage. Cindy and Matt put in all the drywall pieces upstairs to cover/conceal the electrical wires upstairs, and we got the last tiles in the bathtub surround done, AND the handrail. Florida Power and Light put in the permanent power last week, so we had outlets and lights that WORK this time!! Only have a couple minor cleanup issues and to grout the bath tile, and we're ready for final inspections!

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The drywall pieces we used to conceal/protect the electrical wires upstairs. It's an attic.
The final bath tiles
Bath tile
The new handrail, and our "special" stairs.
Bosco, one of our helpers.
Leia, the other helper.



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 7/1/2013 7:19:46 PM

We just got our next-to-last inspection.  "Early power" is actually real permanent power hooked up by the electric company, but the "early" part is so you can test and make sure everything works before you call for final inspections.  We are SO CLOSE...only a month or 2's worth of work to go.  Finish the tile, and do a couple items the inspector wants done, and we're ready for final inspection!

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Tile still being worked on...
Raining outside all day today...still got things done!



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 6/18/2013

Got more tile put up on the bathtub surround, and Cindy got the bath closet shelves put up. Matt put down some pavers at the kitchen door to help keep us from tracking in dirt. Pics shortly.

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Cindy turned this log into.....
....this pile of firewood.
And put all these shelves in.
So far the tiling is going slow, but sure.
Bullnose tile for the edge.



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 6/9/2013

The far end of the bathtub surround is a multi-angled wall following the dome geometry. That means the far end of the surround is the "tiling job of 1,000 cuts". We got another few feet of tile put up... It's like a make-it-yourself jigsaw puzzle. Cindy got the closet shelves put in, and we bought some plastic bins to keep things in (clearance at Lowe's!). Might need one or two more days' work on the bathtub to finish the tile, then a day to grout the tile, and that will be done.

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Hooking up the hot water heater.
Me, grubbing in the thinset bucket.
Getting closer to finished!
Closet shelves and bins



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 5/29/2013

We got the last few circuit breakers wired in, the last smoke detector installed, and several other small items done this Memorial weekend. The tiling is going pretty well, although the multi-angled part is next and it's not going to be hard, just a LOT of time-consuming cutting.

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The two easy walls are done.
The remaining wall is the one with all the angles. Yikes.



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 4/22/2013 7:03:35 PM

Got a ceiling fan, a few lights and outlets installed (I thought I was DONE with all the outlets!), while Cindy took pictures, installed the towel bars and TP holder and the final miniblinds, and generally cleaned up after me. She got a bunch of outlet covers on, too.

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Completed fan
The outside coach lights
We got this funky track light from IKEA. We plan to wrap it in fake ivy, and have already removed the halogen bulbs and replaced them with LED's
The moose sconce light.
Measuring the blades to see if the fan will hit the wall... we got lucky.



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 3/31/2013

Finally Cindy talked me into starting the tile. I was a little scared since it's so permanent and such a big deal, but we dove in and got about half of the tile up. Looks REALLY good. We also found a nice mirror for the bath vanity and a clock for the wall. 

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Closeup of the tile
Tile done so far. We're trying to do all the tile we DON'T have to cut, then fill in all the pieces that need to be cut.
The new wall clock.
The new vanity mirror



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 3/27/2013 8:40:28 PM

While I finished up the electrical outlets, Cindy cleaned off the HEAVY layer of dirt/dust on and in the refrigerator and all over the stove. Apparently the garage is not even close to airtight, and the stove and fridge have been sitting in the corner of the garage for close to five years. Matt put up the remaining window blinds and did a really good job on them, too!

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Matt installs window blinds.
An almost finished kitchen!
The LAST electrical outlet...



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 3/10/2013

It's amazing how much time things take. I thought one or two days for painting would be enough... no, more like two to three days for primering, and three days for painting and that's ALL day. Finally done, all drop cloths picked up and most of the dust/etc. vacuumed up. While the paint was being finished, we put in most of the electrical outlets and switches and put up a few blinds. Wow, the blinds are SO much nicer to look at than the old sheets draped over a spring rod...

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My brother was helping paint, and had nice shoes he didn't want to get paint on. Painter's tape to the rescue.
Mini blinds on the lakefront windows.
Cindy cleaned a LOT of paint off these stairs. They look beautiful again!!



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 3/2/2013

Got the first floor cleaned up, all the tarps and dust removed, all the scaffolding taken down and the floor sealed. We're sealing it with a penetrating sealer that's supposed to strengthen the cement as well as seal out water or radon from coming up thru the slab. Don't know if we have radon, but just in case... it was not that expensive. Also got some of the garage cleaned out and the camper-trailer moved to our other house. A two-hour trip turned into four hours... had a blowout on the trailer (only one of four tires) and the belts coming off took out the gray-water sewer line in the trailer, so now I have something to fix as well as a new tire.... sigh. Also, big news here in the woods... we're getting a new Dollar General store on the corner.

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Front door and stairway
Front door and sitting area
Upstairs from the stairs
Stairway
Not really sure if this is good or bad... we were hoping for a CVS or Walgreens.



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 2/27/2013

It's amazing how much time it takes to paint. I thought we'd be done by now. We have 3/4 of the interior painted, and a little upstairs left to go. Also battling a leak I can't find, I decided to silicone seal the balcony door shut to see if that's where the water is coming in... here's hoping. If that turns out to be the source of the leak, I will probably change from a door to a window there.  Easier to seal and keep weathertight.


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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 1/13/2013

Got the whole interior primered today. Rather than using store-bought primer, we used some mis-tinted paint from Richard's Paint. They sell it for $40 a five-gallon bucket. That's about half what a good primer costs, and they said it will work just as well. The interior dome surfaces are made with "Dens-Deck", a paperless sheetrock that has a facing of fiberglass over the gypsum so it soaks up primer and paint like crazy. Some of the panels took four coats before it stopped soaking in!! Anyway, next trip we will put the finish coat of paint on and start cleaning up the mess. Thanks goodness for drop cloths! 

UPDATE: Stopped by Sherwin-Williams paint store, and THEY have mis-tinted paint for $3 a gallon, or $15 per 5 gallon bucket!! Had a couple nice colors, too, so we got that to finish the upstairs. WAY cheaper!!

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Matt on the scaffolding. The five-foot poles made it fairly easy to reach all we needed to paint.
Bosco spend most of his time under the scaffolding, watching Matt. Matt slings a lot of paint...
Bosco up close.
Cindy rollering the primer.
Matt working upstairs.



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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 12/16/2012

I recommend Paul. He's been very accommodating with us only being able to work certain days, certain hours, etc. but he can lay tile, mud drywall, stucco, you name it. If you're interested in seeing his work I would be glad to let you see our dome, or send pictures (I take pictures of just about everything). Contact Paul at 386-916-1292 if you need him, he gave me permission to put his phone number here.


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Posted to TheHoskensProject by Brian in Dome-ville, FL on 12/10/2012

Spent the weekend with my buddy Paul sanding, finish coating and texturing the drywall. Let me tell you, I made a LOT of dust. Paul knows what he's doing with the drywall mud so I was his semi-skilled labor. But after a couple full days, the doors are shimmed and fit correctly, the leak on the kitchen faucet is fixed, and all the drywall and wall texture is DONE. It's a "knockdown" texture that's pretty easy to do... unless you're doing a dome. All the angles made it a bit more difficult, but we got it done. The texture is sprayed on; you wait about ten minutes and then you run a moistened trowel or drywall blade across it, flattening out the "splatter". Depending on how long you wait and how big you make the splatter, it can look different.

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Close-up of completed texture (before paint)
Paul shooting the texture onto the wall.
Paul knocking down the splatter with a pool trowel.
Bedroom door with shims installed. These will be cut off when the door is straight.
This is me, after only a few hours of drywall sanding. My facial hair was covered by a respirator, that's why it's not dusty.



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