Building a new house and shop (1 Viewer)

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... I did finish off the various vent stacks and pass-throughs in the "roof" of the house. All this time, they were just straight (vertical) PVC pipes that were cast into the concrete domes and stuck up well above the level of the buried roof. Since the roof and back of the house have been buried, I finally cut them off about 18" from the ground and cemented 180-degree returns on the tops. It was more than $500 of PVC just for the returns - there are eight 6" vent stacks, one 8" vent stack, and one 4" pass-through for various antenna coax cables. There is also a 15" ADS corrugated pipe vent stack for the kitchen range vent hood. I'll take a photo of some and post it later.
As promised, here are some photos of the finished vent stacks. I was quite pleased with how they turned out. I actually took a largish fossil from the hillside behind the house to Home Depot and had them color match the paint. It's hard to tell from this close to the stacks, but when you're a ways away, like driving down the road to the house, the vent stacks just blend into the hillside and you can't even see them unless you know they're there and what to look for. I also hope that will help camouflage the house from the air, in google earth and etc.

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Well, I did something today I said I'd never do; mow the top of the house.

I planted a mix of native grasses from seed a year and a half ago. The grasses have done pretty well, but the weeds were coming in heavy and strong, and some of them are tall and have long tap roots that I don't want penetrating any of my plastic sheet or expanded foam layers. Last year and this spring, I spent a lot of time up there weeding by hand and with a gas trimmer, but it was a losing battle so today I just mowed the whole thing, and hope that by doing that every now and then it will keep the more obnoxious weeds knocked back and let the grasses fill in. Maybe the mulch from mowing will keep some weed seeds from sprouting or at least taking root. I can't mow the hill behind the house; too steep, so I'm always going to get seeds from up there I'm afraid.

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Got the water well drilled on Wednesday:



Gauged at 75 gallons per minute! The state water board will only allow 20 gal/min. so the pump is sized to make 18-20. Ten is plenty to run a house on, and we will have a 10,000 gallon cistern cast into the back wall of the house so it really won't matter at all.

how much water is left in the aquifer?
 

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No sweat; I like music, including classical music.
Reposted in the What are you listening to? thread, where I had intended. I’m a big fan of Sir John Elliot Gardiner and his orchestra. Beethoven never sounded better to my ears.
 

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How's the grass growing on the roof these days? Is the cistern full? Love to hear a update on the Parker County Ponderosa.
Thanks for asking.

Grass on the roof is doing well; I've mowed two or three times over the summer and fall. A lot of work, but worth it because the grass will crowd out most of the weeds if I keep it mowed.

The cistern still needs to be waterproofed on the inside, a chore I've been putting off since there is only one narrow opening near the top. It will be hot and stuffy working in there, and I'll have to have ladders both inside and outside the cistern walls to get in and out, and work in there with a drop light and/or headlamp. This winter would be a good time to do it I'm thinking.

Still not enough money coming in to do anything major on the house. I may start trying to teach myself how to plaster over the concrete walls and domes (ceilings) inside the house. It would be better to wait until the doors and windows are all in, but that is a major expense I just can't handle right now.

Meanwhile, I have been working on the land, cutting trees and limbs to make hiking and mountain bike trails (for grandkids) next to the largest creek. Now I can walk or ride my 4-wheeler all the way from the house to the big waterfall, along the creek. Previously, I had to drive or walk a 4WD trail to get to the top of the big waterfall. I've also cut all the branches and trees out of the middle of the creek, so that you can walk up that too when it's not raining or otherwise running high. In doing that, I found a huge old live oak tree that must be more than 100 years old, judging from the circumference of the trunk. I'm clearing out all the junipers from underneath and around it, and will make a picnic and camping spot underneath it. My wife wants to have her next birthday party there. I enjoy working in the trees on and on the land; it costs nothing but gas for the chain saw and time.

Still trying to drum up some work; my oldest son and I are trying to start a little oil company together but it's slow going so far.
 

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