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Old 06-12-2006, 06:04 AM  
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Bring updated info from building science and school those inspectors on your way, no other choice.



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Old 06-12-2006, 09:44 AM  
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The plan engineer wrote that we need 21 vents for 1563 sq. ft. That's twice the number that are required in your neighborhood. Ten is bad, 21 is downright silly. I'm trying to catch the inspector today. He's a reasonable man from the construction trade, so hopefully, he'll be a bit flexible.



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I'm told that won't work. Here, one must go to the DDES office and meet with the plan engineers to get an exception. They'll sit and nod their heads at $132/hr. for as long as you want to rant. Then they'll fall back on code and tell you to do it their way. It's not worth the hassle. Instead, we're going to try and get approval to install 6 - 16" sq vents in the holes left by the I-Beams that are holding up the house. After we get final signoff, we'll change to green building code and seal them up. I'll wait as long as possible to maximize concrete cure time. Probably in Sept. they'll get filled in.
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I am sure you know...but for those who don't...
Don't forget on the last day to stick a dehumidifier in the crawl space and leave it there. This will help with the "trying to dry out" concrete.( IT takes a year)

Begreen...this has been a great experience for all on this message board.
I just wanted to thank you for keeping us involved with your project.

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Foundation walls were poured today. Woohoo! Now we can start cleaning up this big mess and begin returning the house to a normal life. We'll still need to restore the patio and have a lot of landscaping to repair. But the end is in sight I hope. My son and I relocated the trunk duct for the heating to a more central location now that the fireplace won't be blocking it. I'll be adding new insulated runs soon.

The inspector allowed us to use the openings for the house raising Ibeams as vents. Each is 16 x 16, lots of air. I'll screen them for inspection, then will block them up and insulate.

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OK, the forms are coming off. It looks like we are getting some voids and errors. But never having done this, I'm unsure how to call this. One is in a highly visible location. The other is under the crawlspace entry hatch. Is this acceptable and normal? Can it be patched without looking awful? The rest looks very smooth and nice.

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It'll make it, what happened is they did not vibrate the concrete after pouring it into the forms. When you use a pump truck sometimes you get some voids or air pockets.
You can put a parge coat over the areas that need attention. Basically like a skim coat of plaster/stucco on the wall.

I would say not a bad job overall....make them do the repairs.

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Systems are getting back to normal now. Patio system should be in by end of the week. We rebuilt the kitchen entry. It was originally a porch, which then got windows added and eventually became interior. When we started tearing into it we found the walls were just clapboard inside and out. No sheathing or insulation. So we reuilt it up to the drip edge.

Also have found that the whole house does not have any wind barrier like tar paper. Suspect we'll be pulling off all the siding and filling any uninsulated wall cavities with blow in insulation, then adding a wind barrier and residing, probably with cedar shingles.

I'm going back to work on Monday. This stage has taken 4 weeks of 12 hr+ days/7days a week. Probably doesn't belong in the DIY forum. This is a huge project. We're getting real tired of living in a construction site. Can't wait to get back to normal living.

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Probably doesn't belong in the DIY forum. This is a huge project. We're getting real tired of living in a construction site. Can't wait to get back to normal living.
That statement alone makes it absolutely appropriate and actually important.
A project like your's is a HUGE undertaking.
Most folks do not understand the scope of projects like this.
All I have to say is THANK YOU!,,
for sharing, for the pictures and the commentary.
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Looks great!! Like Square Eye say's..."Grab a chair an set a spell" see what happens ...someone raises a house!!!
We all love that you have taken the time to share your huge project with our little community, all the while being busy with your own tasks at hand.

The house looks like it came through fine, the updates sound good too.

Settin back with a cold one......



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