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Old 08-06-2013, 08:08 PM
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Ok I guess I'll do a build thread. So much info and advice here, I be crazy not to let some expert eyes lay on my work!
Im going to do it all except a couple tasks like the pedestal block which was done yesterday,,,,, Maybe I should have done it myself. My foundation that I poured (65x80) was spot on square, plumb and level but as the mason I hired was finishing up I saw that his block was off my marks by an inch or so. I threw down a tape and he was 1.5" out of square! He looked and looked, measured and re-measured, he gladly re-did the entire left side. Poor guy, no english and Im sure it was an honest mistake somewhere. Laying block isnt like laying stone!
Im an AC Contractor and it's 102 in Texas so I will be on and off! My son (in a photo here) is in Air Force ROTC going to be a Pilot so Im thinking this will be a good project for us before he goes off. (crying now lol)
Giving myself 6-8 months but my wife laughs at that and says I'll be done in 3 months! I dont know,,,, the dome is looming, intimidating me, but a couple guys here have done so much work to help, im feeling Ok about it.
Here is where it sits as of today.

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Old 08-07-2013, 06:23 AM
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One thing that puzzles me that i see almost everyone does is building the dome directly on top of the Fiber Board. It seems awfully soft to set the full weight of the dome onto. This was my plan until I laid hands on the FB for the first time.
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:43 AM
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Welcome and thanks for sharing your build. Post lots of pics and tell your son thanks for his service from me.

I had the same apprehension about the FB board, but rest assured it is good to go. See Les's thread where he drove his truck over it. Great looking sight for your build and plenty of heat for you in Kyle-probably good for a hvac business!

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Old 08-07-2013, 04:00 PM
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Had a couple hours to work today. With Reagans help we got the Hearth formed up and steel laid. Maybe we will pour some Maximizer next week.
I will raise the rebar up of course. The steel wires you may see will keep the forms from pushing out.
At first I was nervous about only 3.5" of concrete but adding the center wall and the angle across the span made me feel better and will keep my floor height where i want it.
Race weekend coming up so all attention goes to getting Karts ready for a road course! (Oh, and then theres work...)

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I was concerned about the strength of the fiber board as well. My dome is set on top of the floor and I extended the floor beyond the dome about 1 1/2 inches or so to help spread out the weight. Probably mostly for peace of mind, but I was concerned about the outside edge of the floor (or dome) 'tipping' outward if the board started to compress around the outside. I haven't had any problems and all seems fine so far and there are many other builders that have had no problems building right on the board regardless of floor/dome configuration.
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:39 AM
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Agree on the strength of the FB. After I built my dome on top of the FB I stood on top of the dome (an additional 180 pounds!) to test the strength. Nothing moved at all and there was no give in the FB whatsoever.
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Alright,,, In 50 years when this thing cracks and falls, Im coming after you guys! Look out for a 108 year old man.

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Sure thing! I'll be 101 years old probably sitting on the park bench next to you!

Oh wait - you live in Texas! No way I am I moving there - you're going to have to come to California to lodge your complaint!
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Why didnt I get much done today??
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Alright,,, In 50 years when this thing cracks and falls, Im coming after you guys! Look out for a 108 year old man.
I'll be a spritely 95 years old, so maybe I'll be able to outrun you
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