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Title: Work continues on block walls
Post by: n74tg on December 15, 2006, 06:50:26 PM
I've had a good week of weather to continue building dry stack block walls.  Pics and writeup shown in blog link below.
Title: Re: Work continues on block walls
Post by: Amanda_931 on December 15, 2006, 07:25:39 PM
The track hoe sounds like an amazing amount of fun.

Concrete is work.

But just think, people pay good money to go to the gym and do the same kinds of things, and you're getting a house out of it!
Title: Re: Work continues on block walls
Post by: n74tg on December 16, 2006, 04:54:02 AM
The trac-hoe IS an amazing amount of fun.  Like I said in the blog, I've never had more fun playing in the dirt.  I just wish I had had more digging to do with it that day.

This house building project really has been enjoyable; some parts not as much as others, but overall quite enjoyable.
Title: Re: Work continues on block walls
Post by: speedfunk on December 26, 2006, 08:00:47 PM
So sounds like your enjoying dry stack.  I too have used it and loved it.  Simple, fast, strong and CHEAP :)

 8-)

You will have to let me know how you like the parging.
Title: Re: Work continues on block walls
Post by: NELSELGNE on December 27, 2006, 04:27:59 AM
111 pages of Dry-stack using Nylon mesh reinforcing
http://www.texasmusicforge.com/gimmeshelter.html

MESHCRETE starts on page 55
http://www.texasmusicforge.com/gimmeshelter55.html

Title: Re: Work continues on block walls
Post by: n74tg on December 27, 2006, 06:14:55 AM
I followed along with that guy as he built his meshcrete house, even sent him some email questions (to which he responded).  I guess he's about thru with his project because he hasn't updated his website in most of a year.  

I knew the answer at one time, but don't remember now why he decided to go with meshcrete (his own invention) rather than conventional surface bonding cement (SBC).  The answer is somewhere in those 111 pages of photos.

The walls are even further along now than when this post was originally written: link at bottom of page.
Title: Re: Work continues on block walls
Post by: NELSELGNE on December 27, 2006, 06:48:07 AM
Page 56 -  meshcrete will save several thousand dollars over surface bonding cement.
Title: Re: Work continues on block walls
Post by: NELSELGNE on December 30, 2006, 07:19:43 AM
http://www.drystacked.com/
has a link to making an inexpensive "surface bonding cement" sprayer.

http://www.drystacked.com/17.html
Special tools
Title: Re: Work continues on block walls
Post by: glenn-k on December 30, 2006, 07:51:06 AM
Thanks for the link, NELSELGNE.  I am planning on building one of these some day.
Title: Re: Work continues on block walls
Post by: NELSELGNE on December 30, 2006, 12:28:47 PM
"Mortar Sprayer"  How-to link:
http://mortarsprayer.stores.yahoo.net/diforuse.html
Title: Re: Work continues on block walls
Post by: Amanda_931 on December 30, 2006, 12:31:33 PM
Oh, good, I was too lazy to look that up.
Title: Re: Work continues on block walls
Post by: MountainDon on December 30, 2006, 09:45:47 PM
n74tg.... are you a ham radio operator or where does that come from??  just curious.
Title: Re: Work continues on block walls
Post by: n74tg on December 31, 2006, 06:17:25 AM
I am building a full size airplane, been working on it since 1995.  N74TG is the aircraft "N" number I have reserved with the FAA for when it's finally finished.  Once finished, it's the identification that will be painted on the side of the plane.

The airplane hasn't been worked on in a couple of years, with the cost of fuel skyrocketing and the cost of aircraft insurance having doubled or tripled after 9/11, I may not ever finish it.  Yes, I do miss flying -- very much, but I got started in flying radio controlled models, so that sorta scratches that itch.

It's for sale, if anybody's interested.  If you want to see a pic, go to Zenithair.com and look for the 601 series of aircraft

http://www.zenithair.com
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