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DCP02930.JPG (105060 bytes)    October 4, 2004 - Monday - The interior of our home still needs some attention to "grade" (the level of the earth) to get it basically level so we can pour the "slab".  One of the basic building types for homes is "Slab on Grade".  Slab on grade refers to the fact the floor of the home is a concrete slab poured directly on the surface of the earth.  Most wood construction ("stick") homes have a "crawl space", meaning the floor of the home is held above the surface of the earth, typically with a concrete "stem wall" sitting on the footing.  This crawl space is "un-conditioned space" which means it not heated (or cooled). 

We would really like to get a piece of machinery in to help us move what has turned out to be a good deal of earth, but since our walls are already hard concrete we have limited options.  After sadly striking out at all our favorite private, local rental stores, we found a little track hoe that would fit through a typical residential door!!!  The rental dept. at Home Depot provided this little power house.  This shots shows our fearless leader grading the master bedroom and bath.  The mechanical help is great but where are we going to put the dirt? 

DCP02932.JPG (107895 bytes)    October 4, 2004 - Monday - Staff member Mark Everson striking a poise in the garage with the laser level receiver stick in one hand and the little track hoe standing by. 

DCP02935.JPG (97722 bytes)    October 4, 2004 - Monday - A shot of the little track hoe coming back into the home after grading the garage.  Of course we jump off, take the picture, and then jump back on.  It doesn't drive itself no matter how hard we try.

DCP02936.JPG (79550 bytes)    October 4, 2004 - Monday  - And verifying the little track hoe doesn't drive itself, our fearless leader Jeffrey Bruton drives it out of the front door when the job is done. 

DCP02938.JPG (118533 bytes)    October 8, 2004 - Friday - What a difference a week makes!  This shot is from the front bedrooms looking back toward the "master" suite.  Grade is laser level checked and plate compacted.  Plumbing "ground work" has begun.  We think its called "ground work" since in the best type of construction (slab on grade of course) the drains and sewer are really in the ground.  All drains and sewer exit the home through a 4" pipe under the side light porch door and this shot shows the drains from the "guest bath" angling off toward that location.  Windows have showed up and are being stashed against interior walls.

DCP02941.JPG (143924 bytes)    October 8, 2004 - Friday - This shot is taken from the Dining area toward the Master Suite.  The point where all drains and sewer exit the home can easily be seen in this photo below the side light porch door.

DCP02943.JPG (134065 bytes)    October 8, 2004 - Friday - Another of Mr. Bruton's famous "arm shots".  Are those rain drops on his hard hat?

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