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Posted to 697-Marlin by TC in Austin/McDade, TX on 3/8/2014 2:34:54 PM

BURR, last week was a cold one

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no jumpers rented this during this time
and no I did not ride the bike that morning



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Posted to 697-Marlin by TC in Austin/McDade, TX on 3/8/2014 10:40:58 AM

putting the plastic on the foundation and working inside the "barn" up the hill Lowe's installed carpet

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Lorie looking at all the pipes
plumbing covered
look closely, see the trench....just needs steeal
inside the red "barn"
upstairs looking at the stairs
and the other way
Lowes installers, were fast
that is a hatchet



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Posted to 697-Marlin by TC in Austin/McDade, TX on 3/1/2014 9:24:36 AM

moving along Casa Plumbing was out yesterday and they ROCK....


They had plans for all the location of fixtures and pipes....I need to go out to double check but on a glance it looked correct


Now to get American Concrete back for the trenches and steel work

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had a little rain
I want one...lol
makes quick work on digging trenches
Casa plumbing....man were they fast
noon to about 6 and DONE
looks like a mess, would have taken me a month, took them a day



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Posted to 697-Marlin by TC in Austin/McDade, TX on 3/1/2014

Wake up in the morning...and this is my view

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best guess of the pending view



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Posted to 697-Marlin by TC in Austin/McDade, TX on 2/26/2014 9:28:45 AM

foundation continues with putting up boards and fixing the issues from the last contractor that walked off (out of square, too far out on the sides) not enough steel in the lower end(shorter walls) (((pictures reserved for pending suit)))


Fill needed was beyond what I was figuring, I was guessing about 200 yards, looks more like 350(about 30 trucks) total..

Good thing I am paying turn key not cost plus

When I left on Tuesday the property, they were waiting on the last 2 trucks and it was after 4.

American Concrete seems to be rocking along.



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setting the outside boards
looking good, hard point pads were poured for collums
6 loads of fill dirt waiting
the bagging starts along the wall,
center filling up
looks good, lots of fill down, much more comming



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Posted to 697-Marlin by TC in Austin/McDade, TX on 2/22/2014 12:30:06 PM

well.....after reviewing the bid, contacting 6 references, checking the BBB and online, looks like I goofed.



Our foundation contract said $15K down, balance on completion,  he poured the footers then with out any other notice sent me a invoice for another $15K

When I called him I was informed that he put many bids out and it must have just forgot to add the line for another $15K after the footers were done (he sounded a little shocked that I would not just cut him another check).

He then informed me that I could pay for the upcoming concrete and more fill and just give him a check for $5K.....??????

I had a picture of the truck that delivered and called Austin Ready Mix several days later and was informed that the check was written incorrectly and could I come in and pay the amount owed?...NO, that is up to Larry to pay or you can turn over to the DA for hot check as far as I was concerned.(yes I know, lien on property issues)

The good news is that he did drop off about $9K worth of re-bar for the foundation on the property so we are able to use this to continue the construction.




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Posted to 697-Marlin by TC in Austin/McDade, TX on 2/21/2014 6:51:27 AM

Been some activity on the last 2 weeks, we had the foundation footers poured and had a HARD freeze(check out the fountain) 


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1st bit of concrete for the footer---YEA
and the flow starts
YEA
Austin Ready Mix trucks look nice
FOOTERS



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Posted to 697-Marlin by TC in Austin/McDade, TX on 2/5/2014 6:39:10 AM

Foundation is moving along, there is lots of re-bar going in and up. 


It is to be COLD the next few nights so not much is planed except put in LOTS more re-bar and get ready for the walls.

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footer for internal post under the slab
Let the sparks fly, nuff said
footer for south wall again showing the out of level property
view from the storage building(guest house)
all the center post points and the wall re-bar going up



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Posted to 697-Marlin by TC in Austin/McDade, TX on 2/1/2014 6:00:01 AM

1-30/31


Not much on the house site, waiting on the plumber to sleeve the footers

did get the new driveway down and smoothed out, Lorie did some of the work on the kabota

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Drive area marked for delivery
Delivery, load # 2, 12 yards covers about 50-80lf for new drive
Lorie using Kabota to smooth and level drive
drive down



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Posted to 697-Marlin by TC in Austin/McDade, TX on 1/31/2014 8:50:50 AM

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They have the footers dug and there is some loads of fill delivered


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Lorie fell in the footer the horizontal board over her head will be the base of the foundation
Looking east on the property to the tank
footers and pile of fill FYI, tree line is about property line
looking down from the drive,



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Posted to 697-Marlin by TC in Austin/McDade, TX on 1/29/2014 10:09:04 AM

MONDAY 1-27-14: Cold 40 ish
The baton boards go up for the foundation layout. Look closely on the left, that top board is the top of the foundation and there is a string going to the corner left, the string represents the top of the foundation.
 
TUESDAY:
Freezing and icy roads kept the crew from working on the foundation, but JC (Gravel) will have some road base available soon for the drive.
 
                                            WOW.
8 foot foundation is taller when looking at it on the property verse just talking about it.       

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before starting looking up the hill at the home site(white pickets)
baton boards going up, looking down the hill



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Posted to 697-Marlin by TC in Austin/McDade, TX on 1/24/2014

Here are pictures of the property:

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Fog in the morning, looking to the location the house will be
Look close, 4 white posts in the center, that is the location of the house



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Posted to 697-Marlin by TC in Austin/McDade, TX on 1/24/2014

Here we go...


The plan is to start the foundation this month on the 27th, I will be using Larry White with affordable concrete here in Austin to do the foundation.

((UPDATE--- do not use Larry White. Please read post 2/22/2014  before using him))

Casa for the plumbing.

As for framers and the rest of the trades, that is undecided as of this time, hope to lock them down soon.

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The idea


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