Archive | August 2017

Starting the Connector

view to N with bathroom window opening ready and connector panels

The extended forklift is waiting for the equipment rental store to send someone to pick it up (but my rental charges are ended). The crew has been working on the connector hallway between old and new domes. Since I’m putting sheet vinyl down in the kitchen and spare room (old dome) and hardwood in the new, they are making sure the floor is one smooth transition. This is requiring some adjustments on the first row of panels.

view from current front door with bottom panels – there will be a door to each side at these openings

With the hurricane remnants bringing rain our way this week, I think they’d like to get it enclosed as much as possible so they aren’t splashing around in puddles. The hallway has been collecting deep puddles every time it rains much, because there is a row of concrete blocks to elevate the walls, and no place for runoff. The doors and windows are some of the last items to be installed, and the crew needs the ventilation now, so there will be rain blown in. At least the weather is a lot cooler than last week, 10 to 20 degrees.

view to SE with start of connector walls

I’ve been busy spending money online to order things they might need before I get back from a trip I’m taking. My siblings, their spouses, and I have rented a house near Madison WI for a small reunion. We like to get together every year or two like this, and VRBO has been a great place to find homes big enough. The location was selected because my brother is entered in another Ironman race. I am looking forward to seeing all of them, after spending the past year recovering from injury, then surgery on the rotator cuff. This will test my recovery to drive so far, but I’m stopping halfway overnight and the hotel has a hot tub. Sounds good.


Eclipse Week

crescents from colander holes

We were directly under the totality path, and it was great! I only took one picture, was too busy looking up at the corona and the 360 degree sunset for the 2 1/2 minutes. Besides, I did not have a zoom lens that would have done enough for a good pic. It was worth standing out in the heat.

view to SE, with another load of sand,

This week they are finishing off the seams and as you see in the picture, the solar tube (22 inches in diameter) will go in the living room ceiling. They will cut the hole tomorrow.

view to N, bathroom window prepared

The bathroom window is about ready for the actual window (a much later add-on). In the front of this picture you can see the beautyberry bush in fruit. It was a new plant to me when I moved farther south to SC. It is so pretty.

Next is the connector hallway, then flooring, with heating system installed.


Didn’t make it through to the end

it mixed a lot of concrete

Got the bright yellow mixer for building the first dome. I guess this larger dome was just too much for it. It reached the end of its usefulness and has been replaced. Of course, I was hoping (and expecting it) to make it through without another expense, but not my luck on this addition. There is still quite a bit of concrete to mix and apply, so the new black and blue model will take over.

let’s see what this model can do

Just a quick note and pictures

view to SE dome completed, although needs additional coats on seams

Today the crew got the last tier in place and the first coat of concrete on the seams! Now to add more concrete and to install the connector between domes.

view to E, completed through top tier. This is the least muddy view, away from the actual construction.

Cooler Weather, More Work

Rainy day, a lot more completed – view to East

End of the week and the crew has the next-to-last tier of triangles set in place. Still have the clamping together of the mesh, then application of concrete in the seams, but it is really shaping up. A couple of the guys plan to work on Saturday to complete the concrete on this tier. The cooler and rainy weather has really helped. It has not been too wet to allow the concrete to set, so things went quite a bit faster this week.

View to SE – one tier to go

view to NW, rather muddy jobsite

View to west, mud everywhere from past week of rain.

This leaves one more tier of 5 triangles at the top and the hallway connector before the shell is up. A final coat of concrete will be added to the seams, making it smoother and looking good. Once it is fully cured, the support framework can be removed. After that is putting in a floor, inbound plumbing, and the heating system. Then the interior walls go up and electrical and air conditioning stuff will be run. I sure hope having all the foam makes it more comfortable to work in the heat. There is still a lot to do.

More Pictures

view to west with work on entryways

The crew has had some trouble getting the entryways put together properly, really slow going. One thing that needed to be done was a concrete lip around the edge of the overhang to divert rain. I expect the rest of the panels will go a lot faster, maybe until they reach the connector. It is not the geodesic shape, but it is made from foam and then covered with reinforcing steel mesh and concrete.

We’ve gotten a week of rainy weather, humid but a bit cooler. They are completing setting the next tier in place today. Of course then an application of concrete in the seams, and when it is set, the fourth tier will be set in place. But, I was just told it may be next week for concrete if the rain stays as heavy as it has been.

Not a lot to say today, so I’ll just show pictures, the first three from last week when sunny.

view to north, can see framing for bathroom window

view to SE as another tier is set in place

view from old front door showing another tier in place

View to east, can see all 3 domes: small one with the window at front of this picture is the bath/laundry room, then existing dome, and then new with the beginning of the next tier of panels. My back door is on the right of the picture, with the canopy over the patio.