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19 Nov 2020 05:02 PM
With the zuckles, I would use shorter 2x's. If you need to adjust the wall the 2x's of that length will bend. It looks like a 8' would have been better. Also did you leave the footing forms in place?
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23 Nov 2020 01:43 PM
Posted By smartwall on 19 Nov 2020 05:02 PM
With the zuckles, I would use shorter 2x's. If you need to adjust the wall the 2x's of that length will bend. It looks like a 8' would have been better. Also did you leave the footing forms in place?

Thank you for the suggestion. I have only just now made it far enough along to begin adjusting the walls plumb. They did fine, but to your point with the concrete they will probably bend.

I reached out to the GC that I've contracted to do the first ICF pour and he feels confident they will be fine (he does ICFs for a living). 

I'll be sure to have some 2x on hand to brace the long turnbucks in the middle if they begin to bough.
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23 Nov 2020 05:15 PM
Not obvious to me from photos, but I trust you have placed chases for all your required electrical and plumbing penetrations. It isn't easy to make penetrations after the pour...
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24 Nov 2020 05:27 PM
Posted By sailawayrb on 23 Nov 2020 05:15 PM
Not obvious to me from photos, but I trust you have placed chases for all your required electrical and plumbing penetrations. It isn't easy to make penetrations after the pour...

I would hope they aren't obvious - they aren't there. On the to-do list, I just mapped them out this past weekend and will be setting them in in a few more days.
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22 Dec 2020 02:39 AM
Pour went great!!! 

The Zonts/Zuckles worked better than I had hoped, the windlocked screws held in the bucks just fine, and the 14' 2x4s didn't budge.

There were two issues:
1) Little oozing at one section at the bottom row of one block - not sure why, but no lifting
2) The Bucking material is a little smaller than the openings of the blocks so when you screw the bucks in - it "pinches" the foam a bit. Caused an issue where there were two windows 9' apart that looks to have a slight bow.

Lessons Learned:
1) Potentially use some shims or spray foam around the bucks to not pinch the foam to the bucks?
2) Despite the 14' turnbuckles handling the pressure - I agree with smartwall and will be cutting them down to increase their rigidity on the next pour.







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22 Dec 2020 02:48 AM

Still kind of on cloud nine - this has taken a long time to get concrete in the forms and feel like the Earth isn't trying to swallow up the build.

Next Steps:
  1. Take down and store bracing.
  2. Water membrane.
  3. Dimple fabric/drainage membrane.
  4. Curtain/French Drain
  5. Crawl space pour and pillar pour
  6. LVL and Joist Installation
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26 May 2021 01:48 AM


Moving along with the below grade water proofing.



Odd feeling having a crew do the pour but super thankful - couldn't have done this on my own at all.  Only piece I had to worry about was the vapor barrier.

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26 May 2021 01:58 AM
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21 Jun 2021 05:57 PM
Trying to pick up the pace - found a contractor to do the i-joists and subfloor.  Just have to complete a punch list:

  • Install LVLs
  • Install Girder Supports
  • Install Girders

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21 Jun 2021 06:04 PM
Built Girder Supports for the Termination of Each Girder out of Rectangular Steel Tubing





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21 Jun 2021 06:11 PM
Okay so a couple of Lessons Learned for ICFs and Simpson ties
  1. I did drill out the mounting locations in the LVL (per some installers recommendations)
  2. No matter what you do - you WILL break screws (about 1.5 per mounting surface)
  3. Start at the lower holes and work your way up, don't jump around causes the LVL to snap and increases the change for a screw break
  4. LVLs are heavy - don't do this alone... any of this.... just ... don't be an idiot... like me






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22 Jun 2021 01:48 PM
Try bracing from the outside for a foundation or crawl space. It's easier and you could have done the floor when you poured the walls. Also I switched to Watkins and Burmon hangers. The Simpson hangers were great when they came out 15 years ago but like all things the other two are better, especially the Burmon. No ledger needed just cast the hangers into the wall and hang the joist from them.
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22 Jun 2021 03:22 PM
Yes, a couple of things I would have done differently
  • Monopour foundation and crawlspace wall
  • Not used Simpson ties

Thank you for the suggestion on Watkins - I think I've seen these and leaning toward their mounts. 

I haven't seen Burmon - I'll definitely take a look.
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22 Jun 2021 03:43 PM
The Burmon are an improvement over the Watkins. Both are far superior to the Simpson. The Zonts and Zuckles are the reason I pour the footing, wall and floor in one pour. You can easily set up your bracing outside. It's hard to get people to think of a better way when it's always been done one way.
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27 Oct 2021 02:24 AM
Hired a sub to put in the ijoists - didn't trust myself


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27 Oct 2021 02:25 AM
I did glue and screw in the subfloor.


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30 Oct 2021 05:04 PM
Finished the subfloor.






Worked on the foundation drain to get ready to backfill the garage.






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30 Oct 2021 05:11 PM
Finishing up the backfill








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30 Oct 2021 05:12 PM
Crazy what the Gov makes you get a permit for - less than 10' of pipe - had to get a plumbing permit.  For the dog wash and washing machine.


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30 Oct 2021 05:17 PM
Got the same crew that did the crawlspace to do the garage slab.




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