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21 May ’12 - 6:36 pm
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I picked up the electrical and plumbing supplies

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and the plumber came back and started doing the rough ins

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we installed the washing machine hook up

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and proceeded to cut into the roof for the vent pipe

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and ran the pipe out the roof, making sure it was above the roof line

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you can see my first experiment with tire potatos above

I had also picked up the windows for up top

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I picked up the panel and electrical boxes

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and mounted the panel

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and mounted the boxes for the entertainment center at the end of our island

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and the boxes for tv above the Island

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track lighting in the bathroom

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and set up the boxes for the smoke detectors

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love this thread

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23 May ’12 - 10:07 am
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I started pulling wire

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and labeled all the wires so i knew where the hell they were going, this is going to be fun

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had some supplies delivered

coil stock for the outside metal trim and stove pipe

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pine for the soffitt

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Dryer Vent

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and cement board for the shower

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we closed off the entry into our closet and started framing in the shower

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all framed

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I stapled on 4 layers of 6 mil poly for a start to our waterproofing

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and started hanging the cement board

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the next day we decided to hop on installing the upper windows

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so we took the windows up on the roof

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and screwed them in

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we built up the soffits on the rakes

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and started installing the pine

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all finished

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we then started installing the sliders in the front

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almost weather tight

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23 May ’12 - 10:33 am
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the next morning we started building the gables out

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and started trimming out with pine

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the grass was starting to growing, at this point we were 2 months into the project

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We drilled out the holes in the soffit for venting

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and popped in the vent covers

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we installed the front door

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we were weather tight finally

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and set up to bend some metal

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so we started wrapping the trim with metal

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and finished right before it got dark

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before I called it a night I laid the subfloor in our storage areas

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looking down into the bathroom

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the next morning we applied ice and water shield around the windows

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the plumber stopped by and installed the drain for the shower

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we installed a cold air return for the wood stove

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and just piped it out the wall, that way when the stove is fired up it will draw cold air from the outside

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we ice and watered around the sliders

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and then cut out for the stove pipe

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we installed the mounting bracket for the stove pipe

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and installed the pipe and boot

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23 May ’12 - 11:00 am
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we started drilling out for the dryer vent

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and installed it, you can see the a/v wiring in this pic to for the surround sound

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and installed the outside vent cover

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we then had to puzzle in the blue board on the gables, we used washers we had cut out of aluminum to nail into to hold the boards up

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last piece going on

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I installed the lockset on the door

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the plumber stopped by and roughed in the shower controls so I could start tiling the shower

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and hooked up the manifold for the cold and hot water

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the guys cleared out all their tools, at this point we were done with them helping us and it would just be us working on it again for awhile, so I did a good sweep and cleaning and just stood looking around, it felt good to be this far

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The next day I fed the power supply into the house

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Getting around the elbows were a pain

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I ran the line for the generator hook up

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and ran it out the side of the house to the shed

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my friend who is a electician and doing the hook up for me stopped by to check everything the only issue he had was he said by code we were suppose to have a outdoor outlet on the back and front of the house, I said how the hell am I suppose to do that when the back is under 8 feet of dirt, he said to just put one on each corner and we'll call it good, so I took a box

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and traced it onto the pine

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I drilled out the corners and used my jigsaw to cut out the opening

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and popped in the box and ran the wires out

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the water company stopped by and hooked up the meter

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the propane company ran the propane main

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and we stubbed out for the stove, dryer and on demand hot water tank

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we decided to stucco the outside of the building and cedar shake around the windows, we decided to use the surface bonding cement since I was use to working with it, and it is very strong with all the fibres embedded and is water resistant so we picked up some chicken wire to use as metal lathe

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and we picked up some more surface bonding cement

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and 5 square of cedar shingles

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I used some left over roof guard and covered the sheathing around the windows

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and started wrapping the building with chicken wire, I used roofing nails and pushed the wire into the insulation and stretched it tight wrapping the whole thing

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I fed the water meter line out the side

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and went arouns and spray foamed any gaps

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and went back to my friend, surface bonding cement, i think by this point I had moved 30,000 pounds of cement blocks 40,000 pounds of cement and 5000 pounds of surface bonding cement

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and started on the far corner with a scratch coat to make sure I wasn't working in the direct sun to prevent cracking

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I would wait till I was getting to the end of the barrow when the cement was starting to set and then pack it under the windows

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when I got to the corner I fed the meter wire behind chicken wire

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the front scratch coat was done

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I started on the far side in the shadow

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working around the retaining wall was very time consuming and I quickly ran out of light

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the next morning I started on the far side in the shadow

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all finished

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the back side was a pain, I had to lay on my side and pack it on

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I finally finished the side I had stopped at the night before, before it got to dark

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the scratch coat was finished

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The next morning I started the whole process all over again for the finish coat, I misted the walls with water to form a good bond between the two layers

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the front coat was done, I was kind of digging the dark look, at this point we had not decided on a paint color yet

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I decided to take a break from the stucco and shingle around the windows, I started with a starter row

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and started working up the wall

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started filling between the windows

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I trimmed above the door and butted right up to the pine

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and cut out for the cold air return, that took a couple tries without splitting the shingle

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the front was finished

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long enough of a break, time to finish the stucco

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one more side finished

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the next day I worked on the back and the far side

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all finished, before I finished for the night, I decided to put up the roof guard and this was my first screw me moment, I figured I would roll out the sheet, nail it down and cut out the windows opening at the

end, well I was nailing the sheet down and drove a nail right through the left window, great way to ruin the night

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the next morning I started my starter course on top, my friend stopped and asked if I wanted to borrow his nail gun and compressor, I said naw I'll hand nail them, big mistake

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when I got to the top course I unscrewed the metal trim and slid the shake up underneath and screwed it back down

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and this is as far as I got the first dat, because my back and knees were screaming from being bent over all day hand nailing

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as I was wrapping up my neighbor came over to hook up our on demand hot water heater since he is a licensed propane tech

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and hooked up the exhaust, it's important to pitch it down because moisture can condensate in the pipe and run back into the unit, destroying the tank

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so I called my friend that night and said hey, you wanna drop off that compressor, and when I got there in the morning, there it was

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