Author: Kelly (Page 1 of 61)

Semi-Retired Engineer

Basement Walls are Done!

On Friday, June 7th, the forms were pulled to expose the finished basement walls. We are so happy with how they turned out. The escapement window on the southwest corner is huge at 5 feet wide by 3 feet tall. Everything is working out fine.

We have to give the walls 1 week to dry before we can backfill the ground around the walls. We also need to put in the 4 pillar tube forms for the back deck and the front porch.

Hopefully, the floor trusses and roof trusses will be delivered on time, mid-June, so we can get started on framing the walls by the end of June.

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Footers & Basement Walls Poured

After a week of delay due to rain, we were finally able to pour the basement footers and walls. The house location worked out perfectly being 12 feet from the left lot line. This gives us as much room as possible for the septic system.

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Excavation Begins

This week, the build site was leveled and then excavated for the foundation work next week. Everything is proceeding nicely. On Tuesday (after Memorial Day), the foundation work should begin. We think that will take 2 weeks, and then we will start framing mid-June.

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Construction Begins / Drone Footage

Today, May 20th, construction begins on our new house with Excavation. Over the past 4 weeks, we have removed around 80 trees from the construction site / drain field area.

We had to remove some beautiful Oak trees as well as Poplar, Cottonwood, Birch and Pine Trees. Most will become firewood. We did save 2 large Oak Logs we will take to the sawmill and use for something in the future.

I also bought a small / low-cost drone to document the construction process; I plan to take the same picture every day. The drone is a Potensic Atom with a 3 axis gimble for the video camera.

Here is my first public video with the drone.

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Darke Side of the Moon

We travelled to Greenville, Ohio to join the Darke Side of the Moon Solar Eclipse 2024. The local Airstream club organized 160 Airstreams to gather at the Darke County Fairgrounds. We joined the Wisc-UP group to watch the event together.

Kelly did his best to capture images with his iPhone and with his Celestron C90mm Spotting Scope (a gift from Greg Noble) and our 10 year old Canon Alpha A6000 camera. It was hard to get the focus perfect, but I think there are a couple of good pictures. It was amazing how dark it got; pictures and video do not do it justice. It was really cool.

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