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Barrel-Race7,158791630
TuesdayHouston, TX

Cobbler-Mountain-Hom...45100
MondayAlexandria, VA

Vilano-Beach--Water-...21,257391170
4/5/2014Saint Augustine, FL

HudsonHouse7,054300
4/2/2014Omaha, NE

Tanglewood87,0387862,22242
3/24/2014Colorado Springs, CO

697MarlinAustinArea1,23718910
3/15/2014Austin/McDade, TX

1860s-Texas-rehabnew...43,215441910
3/14/2014Boerne, TX

Bladenkirk566640
3/13/2014White Oak, NC

P-Wade-Crocker459100
3/12/2014Spring, TX

Shana538200
3/11/2014Chaffee, MO

OwensNewHome60,1131033810
2/2/2014Chandler, AZ

Du-Lock-Lane1,340200
2/1/2014Houston, TX

Family-Affair10,654440
1/31/2014Saint Petersburg, FL

TheCastle10,029270
1/23/2014Cheshire, CT

The-Last-Rodeo9,72227100
1/14/2014Angel Fire, NM

TheHoskensProject58,6271504333
12/31/2013Dome-ville, central, FL

NorthPoleHome30,309341330
12/29/2013North Pole, AK

navarre-village-buil...1,217100
12/26/2013Gulf Breeze, FL

Seven-Peaks-Faswall-...34,910483181
11/18/2013Graeagle, CA

The-Dailey-Project1,810100
10/27/2013Pompano Beach, FL

Beaver-Creek-Ranch30,361213210
10/15/2013Hayfork, CA

The-Cortes-Adventure17,724520
10/14/2013Snowflake, AZ

jeff3,918300
8/29/2013Jackson, MO

Miami-FL-country-hom...5,418320
7/30/2013Miami, FL

Brevard-County--Pt-S...2,592100
7/17/2013Rockledge, FL

Dream-Build-Austin-T...4,203300
4/17/2013Austin, TX

Eschete-Dome22,47130530
12/24/2012Lafayette, LA

ChapelHillNCBob5,607110
10/23/2012Chapel Hill, NC

The-Skimino-Bluff7,0283130
10/13/2012Williamsburg, VA

Octagon-in-Glencoe-C...48,897144110
10/8/2012Glencoe , CA

nateshomemtpeakview4,709100
9/29/2012

sherman20,121221560
9/27/2012Downers Grove, IL

Omaha9,236380
9/13/2012Omaha, NE

Holy-Hill-House16,56635530
8/27/2012Richfield, WI

Omega-CEO5,680110
8/13/2012Manassas, VA

JayHouse10,3757190
6/22/2012Sebastopol, CA

30233,47223770
5/20/2012Belfair, WA

SunburnStateHome6,354110
3/6/2012Charlotte County, FL

VICTOR-MONTANA8,153110
2/22/2012Victor, MT

Houston-720125966,836100
1/21/2012Houston, TX

Workshop15,646630
1/8/2012Florissant, CO

Our-simple-home11,871223080
12/5/2011LaPorte, IN

ICF-Construction19,459500
11/11/2011Elkridge, MD

Little-Help-from-my-...12,33111150
11/4/2011Rockwall, TX

YaNYca14,051810
10/29/2011Boston, MA

The-Man-Refuge10,895310
10/19/2011San Antonio, TX

mckernanmc11,199320
10/6/2011Amite, LA

Large-Family-Compoun...7,483200
9/23/2011Covington, GA

Woodchuck-Ridge10,358480
9/12/2011Akron, OH

Forever-Home-Sweet-H...21,03334310
8/24/2011Issaquah, WA

Clarksville-MD9,127200
8/22/2011Eldersburg, MD

steve-n-carolyn16,3774140
8/21/2011Sun City, CA

Old-York8,220200
7/27/2011Bridgewater, NJ

Carriage-House17,14920282
7/24/2011Ft. Collins, CO

DomeSweetDome22,41218291
6/4/2011Suffolk, VA

Goodpasture24,290562880
5/28/2011Westminster, CO

Marks-Log-Cabin13,977392210
5/12/2011Altoona, PA

Bill21,245100
5/4/2011Tucson, AZ

Mueller-Dream-Home8,850100
4/15/2011

Oklahoma-Steel10,798650
4/13/2011Minco, OK

DutchG8,467200
4/5/2011

HiddenInOhio10,3809130
4/1/2011Elyria, OH

MagnoliaHouse8,919100
3/29/2011Houston, TX

Buffaloader13,795200
1/11/2011Valley Center, KS

SouthernEcoHome27,92520210
1/9/2011Blacksburg, VA

Austrian-Chalet14,215780
1/2/2011Twin Lakes, CO

Vista-Ridge13,24621660
12/21/2010Swanton, OH

OurFarmstead28,546601890
12/10/2010Pennsylvania

AirparkHome-Remodel29,71522460
11/8/2010Hillsboro, OR

Holloway10,923200
11/7/2010Petersburg, VA

Building-Our-Lakefro...9,804110
11/5/2010Piscataway, NJ

SunburyGalena-Build9,072100
11/3/2010Galena, OH

BUILDING-OUR-GREEN-D...9,922800
11/2/2010Pattison, TX

RR-Homestead24,06731740
10/26/2010Janesville, CA

Casa-Paradiso-Vieque...9,882200
10/19/2010Chelsea, MA

Millerbuild11,1425110
10/1/2010Carstairs, AB

Delisledigs11,561300
9/16/2010Jacksonville, FL

h20dave11,393430
9/10/2010Waterloo, AL

Mountain-Idyl11,137900
9/9/2010Asheville, NC

High-over-Lake-Granb...14,62612230
9/8/2010Granbury, TX

Homestead36,01964850
9/8/2010Smithville, MO

philandjan13,000100
9/2/2010

Commons10,223200
8/21/2010Atascocita, TX

Our-First-OB-home10,615300
7/27/2010Gardner, KS

Louisiana-Mediterran...20,168311870
7/21/2010Sunset, LA

Crows-Nest9,891100
7/20/2010

Patterson-Project10,454400
7/16/2010John's Island, SC

Hidden-Meadow-Home12,4992100
7/13/2010Murrieta, CA

New-house-in-Selah-W...10,256140
7/4/2010Belfair, WA

Arnold-CA-Alpine-cha...20,98522100
7/2/2010Arnold, CA

Working-Wilton39,962343010
6/16/2010Wilton, NH

JJ-Residence9,668100
6/7/2010San Antonio, TX

Thompson-Valley-Home10,873330
6/6/2010Monticello, FL

Naperville-Webster-S...26,4542360
5/21/2010Naperville, IL

Gary--Suzi11,119100
5/7/2010

crystal-falls-home28,92120270
5/5/2010Cedar Park, TX

Kapoho-Retirement-Ho...10,945130
5/4/2010Santa Ana, CA

NC--New-Construction10,543100
5/3/2010

Collins-on-Cobblesto...11,54221910
4/30/2010Waynesville, NC

Dwight--Colleen-Hart...11,949130
4/30/2010Vaughn, WA

Riley32,91132950
4/29/2010Cave Creek, AZ

The-New-Ries-Homeste...14,95219980
4/21/2010Polk/Richfield/Erin/Hartford, WI

The-Season9,582130
4/10/2010Mount Airy, NC

The-Naas-Place10,091200
3/30/2010Pittsburg, CA

Phil-and-Lauras-home13,145400
3/20/2010Tulsa, OK

Southport-NC-Home17,612201281
3/18/2010Southport, NC

Loris25,089110
3/11/2010

Seaton-Station10,289140
3/10/2010Siloam Springs, AR

Backwoods-Project14,354390
3/4/2010Jeffersonville, GA

ICF-in-Ann-Arbor26,284293710
1/25/2010Dexter, MI

DancingPines11,037200
1/25/2010Clinton, LA

Log-Cabin10,637150
1/23/2010indianapolis, IN

The-Kinzel-House10,042100
1/21/2010New Orleans, LA

PahrumpProject17,1145390
1/17/2010Spokane, WA

TheBeachHouse14,68313200
1/16/2010Shoreline, WA

Artist-Haven-Home15,006970
1/13/2010Kansas City, MO

SOPHIA--SAMUELDELAWA...17,47911310
12/2/2009Smyrna, DE

Plant-City-Craftsman16,8854100
11/22/2009Plant City, FL

WestermanFarm11,501130
11/10/2009Dickson, TN

Shane22,588600
10/31/2009San Antonio, TX

ADCountryHome12,9151130
10/31/2009Fort Worth, TX

ICF-Keller-Tx51,275321220
10/6/2009Roanoke, TX

digs24,317100
9/30/2009Tracy City, TN

threegables21,470201340
9/29/2009Hartland, WI

LittleLakeCorner73,0451016040
9/29/2009Groveland, FL

Utah-Casa11,643200
9/28/2009Saratoga Springs, UT

Tornado-Reconstructi...11,090800
9/24/2009Port Neches, TX

toolehouse50,386891450
9/20/2009Reno, NV

Bobs-Blog53,070614140
9/16/2009New Florence, PA

Blessings10,251100
9/11/2009farmville, NC

Schrammelot16,0517900
9/11/2009Pierson, FL

PennsmithLostValleyT...35,943552150
9/9/2009Dripping Springs, TX

River-House10,688220
9/7/2009Clinton, NJ

SantaFe-in-AJ10,438100
8/28/2009Apache Junction, AZ

Dennis-Dream-Home30,145385050
8/27/2009Readington Twp, NJ

Massive-Undertaking11,5931100
8/26/2009Wimauma, FL

Lafayette10,348200
8/11/2009Cramerton, NC

Dream-site-on-the-La...11,133200
8/5/2009La Porte, TX

Williams-New-Home-Si...10,392110
8/2/2009Windsor, NC

Cobblestone-Lane10,475100
7/30/2009Great Falls, MT

PensacolaBeachHouse10,276110
6/22/2009Gulf Breeze, FL

12YEARSINTHEPLANNING10,930120
6/16/2009LADSON, SC

Steinys-Hideaway10,896200
6/9/2009Venice, CA

DreamHome29,553261900
6/7/2009Orlando, FL

CastleHeims20,81721590
6/5/2009Cedar Rapids, IA

Utah-Warehouse10,156220
5/20/2009Fairview, UT

Where-to-start12,494610
5/16/2009Lemoore, CA

Castle-Rock-Lakehous...16,41010840
4/27/2009Necedah, WI

Oleg26,065360
4/22/2009San Diego, CA

MoeCompound10,319340
4/9/2009Camano Island, WA

Huckleberry-Home10,387200
4/8/2009Williamstown, NJ

Vonk24,337100
4/7/2009Zeeland, MI

Small-Timber-Frame14,737110
4/2/2009Central Mass, MA

EatonLoch-Haven11,179110
4/1/2009Roanoke, VA

windowsnsiding10,249110
3/28/2009Long Island, NY

Arkansas-First-Timer25,96439880
3/27/2009Trumann, AR

Back-Home-In-Crisp12,472111510
3/22/2009Ennis, TX

Victor--Susan-0820,390211210
3/17/2009Ruckersville, VA

Rick-and-Tinas-dream...11,712120
3/14/2009Auburndale, FL

Keener-Road13,1064100
3/11/2009Elizabethtown, PA

NC-Newbie11,015100
3/10/2009Boone, NC

MadisonGA11,2211130
2/26/2009Madison, GA

Techbuilt-Scammed12,669100
2/25/2009Rebew, LA

choanne83110,268100
2/9/2009charlotte, NC

WilliamsinVegas34,074301190
1/29/2009Henderson, NV

PhilesBryant12,114260
1/20/2009graham, WA

MortgageSmart10,484100
1/19/2009Cocoa, FL

QuarterlyHouse58,028136990
1/12/2009Orlando, FL

RabbitRun19,837311690
1/11/2009Afton, VA

Sonave-Sunsets10,586120
1/9/2009Yucca, AZ

Heart-of-PA16,1959160
1/6/2009Lewistown, PA

Krusehome11,663200
12/27/2008Lake City, FL

BrunkHouseAlmaKansas15,684260
12/26/2008Garden Grove, CA

Raider-Bills-Tenn-Ho...14,6936320
12/22/2008Largo, FL

Andel-Ranch28,372334020
12/17/2008Rogers, TX

Elijahs-Home11,848460
12/6/2008Vero Beach, FL

ranch-house10,488100
11/25/2008springfield, IL

Howard-Georgia-Retir...16,138670
11/9/2008Harlem, GA

The-Woods-Journal11,359110
11/6/2008Doraville, GA

StansTLH16,1001090
11/1/2008Tehachapi, CA

Kevin--Kerrys-Dream11,629350
10/17/2008Northvale, NJ

Katabatic-Wind12,234470
10/16/2008Huntsville, AL

Elmhurst-Modern13,682120
10/14/2008elmhurst, IL

Accessible-House11,6603100
10/14/2008Munford, TN

Cherry-Valley-Vista10,713120
10/5/2008Duvall, WA

Jon-and-Mollys-House18,341150
9/25/2008Ellicott City, MD

Proctor-ICF11,790110
9/25/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Hawaiian-Bungalo18,127111020
9/23/2008Holualoa, HI

Pete--Rhiannon12,791430
9/19/2008Springfield, MO

2008-Cedar-Ln17,63314350
9/19/2008Seaville, NJ

dmaceld20,83814880
9/16/2008Nampa, ID

Help-with-Goulds-and...12,957100
9/16/2008tampa, FL

Consulting10,356100
9/2/2008Orlando, FL

AlaskaICFREMOTEHouse16,80319380
8/17/2008Wasilla, AK

NC-Pond-House11,823320
8/4/2008Wilmington, NC

MargaritaVilla11,444240
8/4/2008Raleigh, NC

Latest-update12,7258100
8/4/2008Sierra Vista, AZ

ANDREA11,329400
8/2/2008Dallas, TX

The-Ridges14,10411130
7/31/2008Logan, UT

Avenida-Del-Sol15,22513520
7/31/2008Peoria, AZ

dream-home-ohio11,383600
7/30/2008Zanesville, OH

Penetang-Craftsman11,021360
7/27/2008Penetanguishene, ON

Tristan--11,468600
7/25/2008Lebanon, NJ

Dreamy-Design-in-Glo...16,776100
7/9/2008Clifton, VA

need-help-Jim11,952110
7/8/2008Bandon, OR

deltona-fl-custom-ho...12,5464140
7/6/2008Deltona Beach, FL

Ingraham-House-Chape...11,794200
6/29/2008Cary, NC

famborgie10,704100
6/26/2008Lockhart, TX

95821-Addition21,9677140
6/24/2008Sacramento, CA

Cajun-Homestead19,11712930
6/22/2008Lafayette, LA

West-Texas-Ranch-Hou...12,908110
6/18/2008Andrews, TX

Quail-Bluff-Pasco12,7109290
6/10/2008Pasco, WA

Spyders-Web10,618100
6/10/2008Norman, OK

mike-and-tori-darnle...13,160510
6/2/2008Rainbow, CA

Lin-Washington10,644100
5/29/2008Fresno, CA

Capernall-House11,493420
5/15/2008Belleville, MI

Hidden-Valley-Texas10,783100
5/7/2008Southlake, TX

cosdreamhome41,459731470
5/5/2008Colorado Springs, CO

Sowle-Family-House13,285590
4/29/2008South Burlington, VT

Cyberdoc-Residence11,000200
4/25/2008San Diego, CA

Fortune-House11,010100
4/17/2008Mooresville, NC

Joeb28,887400
4/15/2008Oakland, FL

Alvin-House11,268200
4/14/2008LaPorte, TX

Thomas-Home--Raintre...21,327271800
4/9/2008Lee's Summit, MO

Greg--Kathys-New-Hou...12,255200
4/3/2008Barryton, MI

Where-is-Waldo28,38844830
4/2/2008Marion, OH

Nimmerrichters-Fores...10,107100
4/2/2008Waldorf, MD

Mayfield-House10,720100
3/31/2008Mayfield, UT

beamanhouse10,789100
3/27/2008Manistique, MI

Kanak-ICF--Virginia15,548900
3/26/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Sheldon-St15,399300
3/21/2008Orlando, FL

Bert-26,031310
3/20/2008Southern, CA

Our-Ohio-ICF-home22,06420270
3/20/2008Mansfield, OH

ericdc11,260310
3/8/2008Uniontown, PA

EurekaHouse-ICF15,1465150
3/6/2008Berkeley, CA

Superstition-Views15,462281600
3/6/2008Mesa, AZ

Blue-Springs-Project12,9478230
2/24/2008Broken Arrow, OK

Our-House10,615100
2/24/2008Miami, FL

httpownerbuilderbook...13,369830
2/19/2008Clayton, NY

JourneyBackHome10,450100
2/3/2008Oviedo, FL

Collier-Home12,910110
2/1/2008Little Rock, AR

DDs-ICF12,463330
1/27/2008New Smyrna Bch, FL

EurekaMT-Timberframe12,0731430
1/24/2008Augusta, MI

The-Larnerd-House13,5605210
1/21/2008Newport News, VA

Casa-Bella11,396100
1/14/2008Pueblo West, CO

Gordon-Lake-House15,42517510
1/3/2008Oakland, IA

STEPHANIES-DREAM12,59717570
12/30/2007Lower Burrell, PA

Florida-Waterfront-C...15,008310
12/29/2007PB, FL

6158-in-Montgomery-T...11,344410
12/23/2007Conroe, TX

ClearwaterHills13,764260
12/14/2007Paradise Valley, AZ

BobDonna10,035100
12/12/2007Sacramento, CA

AboveTheAppleTree10,010100
12/8/2007La Farge, WI

Casa-Nostra12,272230
12/2/2007Bangor, PA

Building-the-Dream-i...13,817700
11/29/2007Gladstone, OR

Ingram-Fleming-ICF-H...16,434480
11/29/2007Plant City, FL

inniagara9,506100
11/24/2007Niagara Falls, ON

SchnabelEstate10,634240
11/16/2007Avon, IN

WeAreBuildingAgain21,48827560
11/15/2007Orlando, FL

Lake-Pleasant10,594210
11/14/2007Erie, PA

Green-for-Dean10,602100
11/10/2007San Jose, CA

The-Ponderosa12,3798220
11/4/2007Perry, OK

FlagholeRoad10,673260
10/25/2007Franklin, NH

Beckynray11,837300
10/24/2007Powhatan, VA

Spicewood-TX12,321330
10/20/2007Austin, TX

Powderhorn24,235481760
10/4/2007Florida

Luray-VA-1stTimeBuil...14,901730
10/4/2007Luray, VA

kittyfhughesnet10,382250
9/27/2007Noblesville, IN

Scott-Family10,961100
9/25/2007Trinity, AL

Taking-the-Plunge13,4606180
9/18/2007Springfield, OH

RozBuildingAdventure10,832100
9/14/2007San Pablo, CA

Helpful-Tips11,934200
9/13/2007Encinitas, CA

Poplar-Creek-Farm13,8925250
9/10/2007Oakland Park, FL

TheWillemsHome21,6111750
9/10/2007Galloway Township, NJ

ComfortHome11,408200
8/30/2007Dublin, OH

10000-sq-feet36,40322260
8/26/2007La Habra Heights, CA

Bird-house12,5413400
8/22/2007Ithaca, NY

Circle-S_ICF_House35,875462640
8/21/2007Sparta, IL

New-England-Saltbox10,811100
8/16/2007Columbia, SC

RamblewoodatJeterFar...11,6296330
8/10/2007Kansas City, MO

Kraemer-Collinwood-H...11,232200
7/21/2007Delano, MN

BigOakBuilderTX14,855270
7/20/2007Wharton, TX

Johnson-Family-Dream11,073100
7/20/2007Normal, IL

19225-ROBERTSON-ST17,77214250
7/12/2007Orlando, FL

Thattle-Dew-Farm11,030220
7/12/2007Halls Harbour, NS

WindyJ15,00611260
7/2/2007Knoxville, TN

Vistoso-Green-Home12,326310
6/28/2007Tucson, AZ

Lewis-Chapel-House16,543200
6/25/2007Dunlap, TN

father-daughter10,575200
6/25/2007Loveland, CO

davewhite11,560100
6/24/2007Nanaimo, BC

NutmegWedgefieldOrla...12,544600
6/22/2007Orlando, FL

4600SF-Dream-Home-in...14,631410
6/19/2007Mooresville, NC

Coeur-dAlene-Idaho-H...12,408240
6/13/2007Coeur d Alene, ID

Tampa-Bay13,999490
6/10/2007Ruskin, FL

Dream-In-Progress14,433540
6/7/2007Shawnee, KS

todd-in-tullahoma10,943100
6/4/2007tullahoma, TN

TheOwens11,724300
6/1/2007Dickson, TN

Country-Cleaver11,856140
5/29/2007Springfield, IL

South-Dakota-Lake-Ho...12,1166110
5/23/2007Sioux Falls, SD

Gods-Home11,255200
5/18/2007Eustis, FL

hammock11,115110
5/14/2007Martinez, GA

Grove-St-Rocklin11,196300
5/13/2007Orangevale, CA

Gardeners-Delight12,026330
5/13/2007Norristown, PA

Newman-Family12,049100
4/26/2007oralndo, FL

do-over-house12,716200
4/25/2007Roseville, CA

Mountain-Building11,431370
4/21/2007Hiawassee, GA

Alaskan-Log-Home12,755120
4/15/2007Tok, AK

Warner-Dream12,950600
4/11/2007Astatula, FL

RehmannSchreiner13,94118150
4/2/2007Maple Grove, MN

outspokenbikeguy13,5824140
3/29/2007Sanford, FL

SmelltheForest35,884471480
3/23/2007Colorado Springs, CO

PolkCityProject15,2387110
3/21/2007Norcross, GA

DwaynePam12,093200
3/21/2007Normal, IL

cypressknoll11,148100
3/20/2007Palm Coast, FL

candlepower19,184241550
3/20/2007Lansing, IA

Team-Rosa12,019200
3/19/2007Springfield, VA

GLOUCESTER11,696120
3/17/2007Newport News, VA

Ohiodreamhome12,0804140
3/16/2007Reynoldsburg, OH

Gypsy-Love12,572110
3/12/2007Highland, NY

Forrest-Towne11,760220
3/10/2007Brinnon, WA

Dreams-Come-True11,026100
3/8/2007Glen St Mary, FL

Almost-A-Country-Gir...11,052100
3/7/2007Addison Township, MI

BrandonBuildingBlog11,815100
3/4/2007Layton, UT

SafecreteHouse13,084300
3/4/2007Raleigh, NC

newbie-12,197100
2/21/2007North Plains, OR

BuzzardsNest14,430310
2/14/2007Saint Lucie, FL

woodfamilyhome12,540200
2/10/2007Keno, OR

vegascastle11,860100
2/3/2007Henderson, NV

newsteel17,829100
1/28/2007Florence, SC

Dream-Home-200712,371100
1/27/2007Gwynn Oak, MD

DelgadosAdobeAbode12,755200
1/18/2007San Diego, CA

bobindeltona14,996250
1/14/2007Deltona, FL

Highland6412,477300
1/8/2007New Orleans, LA

SmallProjectSilverSp...17,8531020
1/7/2007Silver Springs, NV

BeehlerHome22,75611640
1/3/2007Kalamazoo, MI

eveningshade12,070110
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Colorado  >  Looking for an Excavator in Colorado Springs Area

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By Cheryl in Ft. Collins, CO on 4/18/2010

Hi Mike,

I found the Official Government County site to be helpful in regards to finding excavators in my county, Larimer. Pueblo has a nice site too. The listing for licensed septic installers is a good resource and starting point to find your competent excavator, since a lot of septic installers are excavators.  co.pueblo.co.us/pcchd/environmental

See attached .pdf I downloaded from your county site. Some are builders, and some are strictly septic, but also many excavators and I bet one is your local experienced guy that will give you a good deal. Good luck!



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By Cheryl in Ft. Collins, CO on 4/19/2010

I believe most do work by the hour and should include their hourly rate in their quotes. Knowing their hourly rate is important, because you never know if it will go smoothly or if they will run into an underground boulder and need extra time. Also though it will be important to hire the guy with the right equipment to power through the job quickly. Get plenty of quotes and compare.



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By Cheryl in Ft. Collins, CO on 4/20/2010

Mike, I am just going out with my first excavation requests for quotes for my driveway, septic and garage. Not even close to ready for the house, but when I do, it will also have a walkout basement like yours. I am in a very rocky wide-open area and am making sure the work is done with full-size excavating equipment as opposed to mini-excavators (front loaders and backhoes), which are great for tight, small jobs in town and cost a lot less to operate, but take a lot longer and most definitely would not get through the job on my land. So it all depends on your soil and location to determine the right equipment. I also need a heavy-duty trencher to trench the power/cable in. I am having my potential excavators visit my build site so it is taking some time. I'll have to post quote details, as I really don't know what I'll get back. 

Christian, I like the spec-sheet idea also, will incorporate that into my project.


Building Phase  >  What to include in the planning dream notebook

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By Cheryl in Ft. Collins, CO on 3/10/2010

In doing a lot of research for my dream build, I accumulated a lot of info on best practices for green/sustainable methods and materials that I keep as a separate file. New products are continually coming on the market and some are truly new, innovative, and sustainable, while others have changed nothing but their marketing campaign. Anyway, might be a good one for you to add if that is part of your goal.


Green Building  >  Slipform Construction

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By Cheryl in Ft. Collins, CO on 9/23/2009

I am seriously considering a modified slipform construction technique for the walls of my carriage house project, which is 24x42 with a small apartment above near Ft. Collins, CO.  I have a lot of stone on on the property that is block-like rubble that would be utilized. The walls would best be described as steel-reinforced concrete with a rock face.  Would love to hear from anyone who has real knowledge of this technique and get advice on how to do it green, strong and as economically as possible. My two strong sons, 23 and 24 yrs. think we can do most of the labor ourselves. My Dad will help with the electrical, and I will learn how to install PEX. So this is a real owner-builder project.   

The slipform information I have is from a book I ordered on slipform construction called "Living Homes Integrated Design & Construction" by Thomas J. Elpel.

Read this:

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Here are some excerpts:

"Slip forming using beadboard panels is similar to traditional slip forming. The footings are built the same, except extra width is necessary for the beadboard panels. Advanced Foam Plastics offers a 5 1/2" polystyrene beadboard attached to 1/2" of oriented strand board (OSB). Slip forms measure 2'x8' plus a couple of small fill-in forms.

The cement and rock portion of the wall is 9" thick, and the insulated panels add another 6", so the total wall is 15" wide. That 15" wall needs an additional 4" for the slip form on the outside, and an additional 4" ledge for the beadboard panels on the inside. This brings the total width of the footing to 23".

The space between the beadboard panel and my exterior slip form was 9". Spacers cut to this length made tightening the forms much easier. With rebar and spacers in place, and the first beadboard panels in place, you are ready to wire-tie the slip forms to the panels. Stones are placed inside the forms with a good face against the plywood, and concrete is poured behind them.

It was my experience, that in the fall, with moderate temperatures, the concrete and rock combination set up sufficiently in 5 hours. At that time, we carefully removed the forms and chipped out what cement was not desired, then left the cement alone to continue to cure overnight.

The next day another form is supported in place on top and the whole process starts over. "

As to snow loads and wind, I know that the property is at 7,050 feet so needs to withstand 40 psi and 130-140 mph wind.

My other big concern is to make the whole structure as fireproof as possible. So, looking at steel joists and trusses and some kind of fire-resistant green shingles. I am very open to your suggestions concerning smarter, more efficient, less expensive, environmentally friendly etc. design and material. This is my "learning project" before I build the house.


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By Cheryl in Ft. Collins, CO on 11/1/2009

Faye, Your countertops look fantastic! How did you stain it to get that pattern? Thank you for the inspiration; now I will definitely have to try this. I like the idea of a countertop in the pantry too, I have never had a large pantry, so I hadn't really thought of a counter in there but it sure would be useful. I would imagine the two-part epoxy would make a very durable surface. How did you mix and apply it to avoid bubbles?


Florida  >  Looking for framers in North Florida

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By Cheryl in Ft. Collins, CO on 11/20/2009

Here's a radical idea. Give your time, advice, or whatever you have freely, expect nothing in return. Isn't that what this site is all about? 

It is such a shame that usury is even legal at ANY percentage. If at all possible get out of debt and free yourselves, debt will drag you down and for what? To increase the wealth of moneylenders? It's going to be hard but if you save (saving and THEN buying is a new concept for me) even for the big things in life like a house, then you won't get pulled under by the moneylenders who become more and more ruthless anytime there is trouble. And there will be trouble, that is what life is all about, just EXPECT it.  

I recommend daveramsey.com for everyone even thinking about increasing your debt and taking on an O-B project, because it will absolutely require complete understanding of how to effectively manage your finances. There is no "kickback" to me, just really wanted to share a good thing that could help. 

Proverbs 22:7  "The poor are ruled by the rich, and those who borrow are slaves of moneylenders."


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By Cheryl in Ft. Collins, CO on 9/26/2009

Hi Jeff,

I updated my construction Journal yesterday but today the link to my entry does not show in my blog. But here is the funny thing, if you hit the Construction Journal link at the top of the page where you can see all the recently updated journals it shows up there. I guess I could copy and paste it back into another entry but then it would be in your DB twice and could cause problems. Like getting reposted in the recently updated construction Journal list. I'm sure it's just a matter of a missing link to it, because it's hanging out in your DB like it should. So can you put my journal entry link back into my journal for my last post? 

Thanks, Cheryl



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By Cheryl in Ft. Collins, CO on 9/26/2009

On second thought I think I somehow have two construction journals. I thought the account was keyed off my email address but in both of the journals my email address is the same. I did make my journal entry from a different computer yesterday as I was at work and maybe this has caused the problem. Thing is my first journal entry was there when I went to add a second so I know I was in the construction journal I originally started. Something just isn't sync├ęd up. 



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By Cheryl in Ft. Collins, CO on 9/28/2009

Thanks Jeff,  please combine into the MSN address.


Planning Phase  >  Electrical Service Meter/Water Service/Energy Code

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By Cheryl in Ft. Collins, CO on 11/30/2009

Thanks, Faye.

Wow, $10,000 for underground would be too much for me too! I'll have to break down the cost of the whole operation to see where I can possibly save. I really want it underground to preserve my view. I got a ballpark figure from the electric company of $3,500 to install the meter at the driveway entrance if I need a transformer, and I think I do. I will get a solid estimate when I go out in March. I can rent a good riding Ditch Witch for $300 a day, so even if it takes three days that will be OK with me.

I will cost out the power cable and conduit and then I think the trick will be to find a good licensed electrician who is willing to work with me and make all the connections. In my Navy job I set up power from our generators to our Mobile Communications tents and make all the connections, but I'm sure things are quite different in the civilian world. I'll keep researching and working out the details. The guy at the power company is turning out to be a good resource too, so I'll call him again with more questions.



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By Cheryl in Ft. Collins, CO on 11/29/2009

I am in the planning stage and am looking for advice on where to place the meter for my house. I have a long driveway, about 500 ft, and have a power pole near the entrance of the drive that I can take power from. I want to take it underground following alongside the driveway to the house. The power company said they can put the meter at the entrance of the drive and I can get the trench dug and have my own electrician hook up power from the meter to a temporary power box for the build (and then permanent breaker box when ready) as this is a lot cheaper than having the power company run the line to the house.

I am wondering though, what are the long-term costs and drawbacks or saving and benefit to having a meter that far away from the house? Is the power loss along the drive negligible? Are there security concerns? Can I install some kind of gadget up to the meter to monitor my power usage from inside the house, maybe from my computer? What do most people with long drives do? Also I want to run my communications lines in the same trench and need advice on how to do that so power lines do not interfere with the communications lines.



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