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Our Vermont Home Project

Our Vermont Home Project

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This is the first gallery entry for the new home construction project my wife and I are working on in Plainfield, Vermont.  These are a few snapshots of our life & project to date.

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Very Cool Video of Concrete Screed

Very Cool Video of Concrete Screed

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Spin Screed concrete roller screeds use an electric angle grinder motor to power a screed bar up to 22ft long. This tool is perfect for screeding everything from driveways to concrete pads in basements.

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Keauhou mauka replacement deck

Keauhou mauka replacement deck

The finished replacement utility area/garden deck.  Note new, ABS plastic drain vent on wall behind reinstalled utility sink.  New, capped hollow tile wall protects deck and serves as low...

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Double Decker

Double Decker

The upper balcony was falling off of the house, and the downstairs bedroom had only a window to the outside.   We designed and built a deck that is twice the square footage of the...

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How to Set  Deck and Shed Footings with Plastic Piers

How to Set Deck and Shed Footings with Plastic Piers

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Plastic piers require no concrete or cinder blocks, and they can handle a load of 10,000 lb. as soon as the hole is backfilled.

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Theres a Better Way: Line-Level Storage

There's a Better Way: Line-Level Storage

This quick video tip teaches you how to keep track of those little line levels.

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Building Our First House: Floor Plan & Elevations Tour

Building Our First House: Floor Plan & Elevations Tour

After our house was featured in Fine Homebuilding (February) we've had requests to see our floor plan. For those interested this page shows the working plan - minus dimensions & notes - from...

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Top 10 Green Building Products

Top 10 Green Building Products

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BuildingGreen LLC, publisher of Environmental Building News and GreenSpec Directory, announced what they consider the 10 most exciting new products of the year.

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Footing Form On a Roll

Footing Form On a Roll

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I laughed when an architect recommended we try Fastfoot, a reinforced sheet-plastic footing form that is unrolled and installed in a light framework. When I stopped to consider that I routinely pour concrete into forms made of foam, Fastfoot no longer seemed so silly.

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Covered Deck

Covered Deck

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I built this deck on our house during the summer of 2008.  I had help from family and friends, but the bulk of the work was done on my own.  The framing for the deck is pressuretreated...

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Eliminate Concrete Cracks with a Well-Prepared Base

Eliminate Concrete Cracks with a Well-Prepared Base

Most concrete cracks can be minimized if the base is well prepared.

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Concentrating Solar Heating on purpose built shop

Concentrating Solar Heating on purpose built shop

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This Project has been 24 years in the making, however only the last 6 years in earnest.  As the concentrating solar thermal collector prototypes were tested in quick succession, this...

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Temporary shutdown, layoffs at Cemex plant in California

The Portland Cement Association forecasts a “significantly weak” market for cement over the next two years, in part because public construction, which accounts for about half the cement used nationwide, has slowed along with the rest of the economy.

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on the river

on the river

cutom home 300' from the big mo

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Craftsman Room Addition phase 1

Craftsman Room Addition phase 1

Drew, a handsome young college student with a 4.0 grade point average, was involved in a tragic accident that changed his world drastically, and left him wheelchair-bound. His bedroom was expanded...

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Kitchen

Kitchen

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A well appointed kitchen without the large expense.

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