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Old 06-27-17, 11:54 AM   #21
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Hey Sully01,
I'm a retired software engineer, micro code, power on self tests on many types of disc drives, tape drives, storage controllers, printers.

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Old 06-27-17, 11:58 AM   #22
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I have been studying hot water floor systems since I retired in 99.
Have designed & installed 4 systems, this is my 5th.
Learn on every one.
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Old 07-07-17, 01:53 PM   #23
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I have made a little progress:

Main lower level of house walls have been poured: 8" concrete x 10' high, a 30' x 48' rectangle walk out basement.

I had the windows bucked in so that windows & doors sit into a 5.5" x 1.5" recess all around on the outside, so if they ever leak water goes to outside.
Windows & sliding doors are Andersen Series 100 Fibrex

Attic trusses are on site and I have added the 16" gable end overhangs.

The gable end trusses have the 2x4's laid flat, on them I glued & shot 8 penny nails 1/2" CDX plywood, primed all seams with Glidden Gripper, taped with 3-M all weather tape,

Next layer is 30# roofing felt,

next layer a drainage plane of 1/4" Benjamin Obdyke Home Slicker + Typar,

next layer is 1/4" 4x8' sheets of James Hardie exterior cement board with all seams taped with cement board mesh tape,

next layer is a base coat of Styro TuffII synthetic stucco,

now they are ready for the crane to hang, but 1st I have to backfill around sides & rear,
before that I have to have the footer drainage system inspected,

then install the 1" PEX water line in, the 4" sewer line out, & the 200 Amp power line in,
the 1,000 gallon cistern & float switch wires,

inside the cistern I will put a 300' of 1" pex to be used for cooling upstairs in summer.

Whew! just getting started
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Congrats on getting started.
We need picture!
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Awesome progress! Ditto on the pictures.
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As my computer crashed, I'm on a public library computer.
All my photos are on my Iphone.
I selected 5 pics on Iphone & am in VERY SLOW process of them hopefully uploading,
seems to be choking at 2 bars signal strength.
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Old 07-08-17, 01:29 PM   #27
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1st pic is above rear of house looking East, the front door in middle is 8' high, the windows on either side are 7' x 5', the sliding door on the right (South) is 8' x 8',

the rear (West) bedroom window is 4' x 4' egress,

the front (East) 40% 12'-8" wall is on a 32" step down footer, as this dirt (haha) is decomposed granite (small rocks) and dry, this is all I had to go down by IRC code, the space inside the wall gets 7-8” thick type 2 EPS

2nd pic shows the 27' retaining wall 10' tall with a buttress on back side (dead man), on front (East) side will be parking & BBQ area by slider.

3rd pic shows the North wall buttress, required by my Structural Engineer due to 48' wall length & 8' of back fill.

4th pic shows the front (East) gable end (bedroom) with a 6' x 6'-8" sliding glass door opening out to a 12' x 20' balcony/carport.

The lovely purple color is what I got when adding dye to the Styro TuffII, not what I was shooting for, so I call it a base coat.

5th pic shows the rear (West) gable end during assembly, has a 4' x 4' slider for a 2nd upstairs bedroom egress.

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BuffaloBill I like your work Im planing my first build for next year using ICF's.

have you considered using rigid insulation on the outside of the basement ? it would be first on my list so thought I would bring it up.
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I agree with Martin Holiday's + and - recent comments on this Greenbuildingadvisor.com

My inner layer is 4" of Polyiso foam which can't be in contact with earth (gradually absorbs water)

http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/...-basement-wall

http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/...ers-spray-foam

Trying to upload latest pics on cell phone is not working, hung, 2-3 bars signal strength

got this message "your submission could not be processed because a security token was missing"

I give up

I found that I could upload 1 pic at a time


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