Jump to content

westhemann

Moderator
  • Content count

    16,981
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    82

Everything posted by westhemann

  1. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    Yup. Shit sinks. I added more blocks so shit will sink less. Also going to bury part of my underpinning a foot underground so the edges won't sink again. The soil won't make a ball you can throw. It flies apart in the air unless you dampen it a little. The topsoil is basically just a hair harder than actual sand. I had to put plates under all my jacks. I used old brake rotors. On dry soil they don't sink at all, if the soil gets wet they sink like hell.
  2. Thought I would start 11 a bit early because I wanted to ask about something and didn't want it cut off short. So Elon Musk.That guy is really impressing me.How many people can be as dedicated as that to moving towards the future?I have never seen another man in my lifetime so willing to put it all on the line for something so many(foolish people) think is folly. That guy IMO is what every man should be.If we had a dozen more like him I would wager my entire life's earnings that we would be well on our way to spreading through the Solar System within this century.
  3. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    I managed to get plastic around all four sides of the house and weighted down. Just in time, too. 90% chance of rain tomorrow, and off and on Monday and Tuesday as well. I need to start clearing all the old stuff out of the house now( I've been using it for storage.). I may have to actually buy a storage shed or something.
  4. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    Yeah, drive down the road behind Mcdade and it turns red as hell with the red clay about six inches down. I have no idea why it's brown here and red everywhere else.
  5. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clay# The picture of the brown clay down the page a little is what it looks like at my house.
  6. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    I only know there's clay under there because when I was a kid I wanted play-do and my Mom told me clay was better, so I dug it up. Plus, when I set my electric pole I had to get through it with post hole diggers.
  7. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    Oh, house is level now, btw.
  8. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    My advice to everyone is to watch your kids when you tell them to clean the yard. My Mom didn't watch me, and now I'm surfing through 30 year old buckets and pans.
  9. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    Some pics of my hell.
  10. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    My Mom always called it sandy loam. I don't really know if that's a real thing though.
  11. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    It's either silt or loam I think. There is a lot of sand on top, but as soon as you dig the earth that comes up is medium brown, and gets darker about 8" -12" down. The clay line is about 2-3' down, and in that spot is brown clay for some reason. Mcdade is mostly sand and red clay, but somehow it's different right here. It's stable when dry,but cracks form during droughts. If it gets wet it sinks.
  12. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    I got all the sides of the house level now. Tomorrow I have to put up plastic to protect my work from possible rain this weekend. Then I have to do the hard part. I have to crawl under the middle of the house and put extra supports under there. Think I'm going to make a sled to pull behind me with blocks on it.
  13. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    I didn't euphemise it...it died naturally.
  14. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    I had a cat once that refused to eat until I stirred his food with my finger.
  15. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    Yeah well, she moved to Florida. Poor me. Lol
  16. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    My back felt really good today, so I got a lot done on the second side of the house. Unfortunately, the bill always comes due. So I guess I'll be sitting on my couch with the muscle relaxers for the rest of the day.
  17. You know what I started doing a while back? I wrap the entire truss rod in just a couple of layers of saran wrap. I forget who suggested it to me, but it really seems to make sure no glue ever fouls the rod, while allowing you to glue the entire surface without worrying about squeeze out. Those blue rods are already wrapped, so I never do that on them, but the exposed ones are quite common and sometimes I find a deal on a group of them.
  18. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    Only a couple of spots dropped a half inch, and no rain for a couple of weeks forecasted, so I'll be back in business tomorrow.
  19. I use a small piece of masking tape right there just to keep the glue out .
  20. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    Well, this sucks. All the snow is melting and soaking the ground under where I levelled that house. Now I have to wait for it to dry and see if it shifted. I guess when I do that I better prioritize getting the underpinning back in so that won't happen again.
  21. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    I have a snowball in the freezer.
  22. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    It's totally melted now.
  23. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    It's already melting though.
  24. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    Man. This is just unbelievablefor here.
×