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Old 12-05-2012, 08:09 PM
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gettin' after it!!!!
time lapse video would be so cool
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:17 PM
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Well, today things seemed to get better and possibly back on track. The additional 60 ton of stone combined with the 20 ton of ground asphalt seemed to create a stable path of the block trucks to get in and out.
So, 2 or 3 block tucks delivered today and the guys got rolling. I was amazed to see how far they got in the course of the day and with the forecast calling for sunny and 46 degrees tomorrow and pretty much nothing but rain Friday thru the weekend, well I think they will be shooting to get a lot done tomorrow.

Things are taking shape that is for sure. I should have the skidder tires/wheels back tomorrow so that will be back in action for the weekend of driveway repair......I hope!

As for the future tower DD, well, I am still hopeful for that in 2013 but if you guys want to take up a collection and send it to me, well that would go a long ways towards making it a reality!

Thanks for the interest in the project guys, it is fun to share the ups and downs. Perspective is what it is all about, I am finding. In the grande scheme of things, no matter what may go wrong I am still far better off than many people in the world and lucky to be so! At the end of each day I can come home to a wife and a smiling 1.5 year old boy that knows nothing of the days trials/tribulations and furthermore does not care, which is just great.
Looks Awesome Jeff. Looked at your site on Google maps today. Thats a long drive!!

Just remember, not to burst your bubble, they grow up.... . Enjoy it while you can because they grow up so fast...
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:08 PM
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Looking good. Happy to hear things took a turn for the better.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:56 AM
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Looks good.

Will be fun watching the build.
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:53 AM
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Why the block foundation instead of poured walls? Seems like it would cost more?

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Old 12-06-2012, 07:15 AM
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Why the block foundation instead of poured walls? Seems like it would cost more?

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I thought this as well and still am somewhat perplexed that it is not cheaper to go poured wall but I had it bid both ways and block was cheaper. My thought was the labor cost in block would be more than the added cost of concrete but I was wrong as, in our area, concrete if pretty high. In addition, despite the fact that the poured wall companies have paid for their forms over and over, they still charge a premium.

I think an argument could be made either way and I weighed out the pros and cons of both, in the end the block was the better, more cost effective way to go. Depending on your location and what the mason prices are, it may be a different story for you. I know around here, the big cookie cutter builders all use poured walls, but then again they also have a house completely under roof in 2 weeks time if not less.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:17 AM
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Looks Awesome Jeff. Looked at your site on Google maps today. Thats a long drive!!

Just remember, not to burst your bubble, they grow up.... . Enjoy it while you can because they grow up so fast...
I hear ya, I want to freeze him as he is now but I also look forward to the days when he can be right there beside me helping out. Right now he does a great job of riding around in the skidsteer with me when I am doing light work......his little 30lb but gets me extra traction!!!
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:24 AM
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I thought this as well and still am somewhat perplexed that it is not cheaper to go poured wall but I had it bid both ways and block was cheaper. My thought was the labor cost in block would be more than the added cost of concrete but I was wrong as, in our area, concrete if pretty high. In addition, despite the fact that the poured wall companies have paid for their forms over and over, they still charge a premium.

I think an argument could be made either way and I weighed out the pros and cons of both, in the end the block was the better, more cost effective way to go. Depending on your location and what the mason prices are, it may be a different story for you. I know around here, the big cookie cutter builders all use poured walls, but then again they also have a house completely under roof in 2 weeks time if not less.
the other option is superior walls ... precast walls and set in place via crane ... its typically more cost effective dependent on the number of corners ... there is a threshold at which block/poured is more effective if you have too many corners. I used them for my house in Cincinnati and it worked terrifically well
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:39 AM
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Everything is poured concrete around here. It would cost double to do block. Poured is cheaper and better IMO.

Interestingly my ex BIL is in NJ, and wanted to do a poured foundation and could not find anyone to do if for less than double the cost of block.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:43 AM
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I would have bet that poured would be cheaper but after having it bid both ways I would have lost that bet. Still hard to believe given the labor and skill level involved with setting block (not that it does not take skill to set the forms and correctly pour them) but I guess in the end that is offset by the increase in material cost as you have more concrete.
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