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DCP03093.JPG (83917 bytes)    January 19, 2005 - Wednesday - Anyone remember the "blow out" by the front door?  Maybe not.  Regardless, one of our two blow outs on the day we poured the walls occurred just to the left of the front door.  Eco-Block regional manager George Volker and staff member Mark Everson fixed this one just as they fixed the first one...while Jeffrey continued, nervously, to pour the walls.  Ancient history at this point.  This picture shows the area of this blow out.  Remember that fixing a blow out entails waiting for the concrete to pour out of the wall, cutting a piece of block (ICF block) to fit in the hole, covering the whole area by screwing a piece of plywood to the wall, and finally re-pouring the wall with concrete.  Sometimes in this process, the new piece of block used to cover the blow out doesn't fit flush with the rest of the wall...i.e. it may stick out a bit from the rest of the wall.  This was the case with this blow out "patch".  When it comes to putting siding over this area it is important to "shave" down the patch block so it is flush with the wall.  If we didn't do this, there would be a bulge in the siding.  Not good.  One way to shave this patch block flush with the wall is to use a "hot knife".  This is a tool especially made for work with ICFs and is basically a gun style tool to which you can attached different size and shape wire.  When you pull the trigger the wire gets hot and then you can easily cut out pieces of the foam by running the hot wire through the foam.  We'll get pictures of the hot knife in action some time in the future as there is much more work for it as the home proceeds.  Interesting to note that some of the hard plastic "webs" in the wall were damaged during the blow out and also stuck out from the rest of the wall.  These can easily be removed but then there is no place to screw the siding to the wall.  To rectify this situation we attach a board to the wall flush with the rest of the block.  This is done by using the hot knife to cut out a place for the board, and then we use our "power pin" gun to shoot nails through the board and into the concrete!  Now we have a place in that area of the wall where we can screw siding to the wall.  Interesting note is that we also use this technique of attaching boards to the ICF walls in the garage so the hardware for the garage door tracks can be screwed to the walls.

DCP03094.JPG (106986 bytes)    January 19, 2005 - Wednesday - Yesterday, Ed from Advanced Door came out and installed our garage door.  Jeff and Diane Dawson own Advanced Door.  Not only are they local (in fact just a couple blocks from the site), they are super nice folks.  We had to sheet rock the front, interior wall of the garage prior to putting on the garage door so we wouldn't have to take all the tracks down when it comes time to sheet rock.  We'll also wait to install a garage door opener until the ceiling sheet rock in the garage is completed.  Nice work Ed!  Thanks!

DCP03095.JPG (125168 bytes)    January 21, 2005 - Friday -Often these days, Jeffrey works outside on siding during the day light hours and then comes in and works on framing after dark.  Here is some of the framing progress he made last night.  This picture is taken from the great room looking toward the front door and the front bedrooms.

DCP03097.JPG (126890 bytes)    January 21, 2005 - Friday -Jeffrey continues siding and this time is working on the front of the garage.  Notice there is still space at the bottom of the walls to install decorative rock of some kind.  You can also see the places on either side of the garage door where lights will be installed.

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