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Old 03-02-2010, 08:18 AM
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Ok I hit the first major stumbing block for my WFO build! My PRIME CONTRACTOR who was going to break ground for the foundation has decided to go sking that weekend!.
I am wondering if phase 16 needs to be moved up to phase 3?
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:26 AM
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Ok here is an update on my build.
I was home this past weekend and as I told everyone in the previous post, my Pime Subcontractor went sking this weekend. But what really hurt was the phone call I got from him Saturday morning and I quote "Hey Dad hows the digging comming along".

Well after laying everything out and I started digging for the foundation, my wife reminded me of a couple of very important facts:
1. Your to old and out of shape to be doing this by yourself.
2. You make enough money to hire someone to dig this out.

Although I disagreed with both of those statements, I decided to let someone less forturnate then myself earn some money and asked my lawn guy to dig out the foundation. So I am hoping the next time I get home I will be able to lay down some rock and reinforment and pour out the foundation.

And my Prime Subcontract better be ready!!!
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Old 03-16-2010, 01:53 PM
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Tell your wife (and yourself) it is great exercise. And save your money for beer.
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Old 03-18-2010, 02:23 PM
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Just got a call from one of my subcontractors (a real one) that I have used in the past on some of my construction projects. Long story short, he will be mobilizing for a project in the area, and he agreed to give me two bags of Cryolite. For everyones information Cryolite is a trade name a "special" perlite. This is "cracked" or "popped" in a special designed furnace that offers a final product that is about 50% larger then normal perlite but structurally as strong and stable as the normaly perlite. The advantage of this is that the thermal properities are about 20% better! This why I plan on doing perlite concrete rather then the insulation board.
Any comments?
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Old 03-18-2010, 02:27 PM
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That's great. Nevertheless, be real gentle mixing it with the portland and subsequently mixing it with water. The perlite I have worked with has disintegrated into dust with all but the absolute minimum of "working". I liked vermiculite better frankly. Seemed much more robust. I realize it has a lower insulative value, but it didn't virtually vaporize on me.

Good luck, be gentle with it.
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Old 03-18-2010, 03:30 PM
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Thanks for the advice, but there is also one thing I failed to mention. I won't be ready to use this perlite for at least a couple of months!! Well there goes the storage in the shed and garage.
The good news is that I plan on pouring the foundation in about 1 1/2 weeks.
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Old 03-22-2010, 07:55 AM
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UPDATE!!
Ok for all of you who laughed at me for suggesting that you don't keep accurate records as to the cost of your WFO build, here is proof that I was correct all along!
As I stated earlier, I let my lawn guy earn some extra money and let him (and my wife told me his wife and kids) dig out for the foundation. Well I got a call yesterday from my wife and told me the area that I picked (actually she picked) for the WFO has a sprinkler head right in the middle of the foundation!
The lawn guy and his crew went ahead and finished up the digging, I am told so now I am faced with the following options:
1. Fill in the hole and move the location
2. Reroute the sprinkler head
3. Cap it off and proceed.
I am inclinde to pick option 3 since I believe where this head is located it only watered the area footprint where the oven is going.
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Old 03-31-2010, 11:43 AM
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Just an update

Finished the foundation hole last weekend and installed the wire mesh and rebar for the footer.
I plan on comming home again for this Easter weekend and I hope to be able to pour out the foundation on Saturday.
At the rate I'm going I think I'll be able to cook my 1st pizza in about 1 1/2 years!
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Old 03-31-2010, 11:48 AM
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That sounds like the length of time it'll take me to complete my oven too...
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Old 04-06-2010, 08:24 AM
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Well I have finally gone from a hole in the ground to a launch pad!
This weekend I plan on building the block stand. I hope to be able to post some photos soon for the build, but I havn't investagated that much yet on how to do that. Besides, I don't think anyone is that intrested in seeing just the hole and now the foundation pad.
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