Monthly Archives November 2014

Research, Recommendations Needed

November 25, 2014 Technical Decisions and Plans  No comments

We are currently researching and need to buy the following.  If anyone has any input or recommendations please respond to this post.

Mini Split Ductless AC / Heater / Heat Pump (Yurt is approx. 930 sq ft with 17 ft ceiling)

Thermocore
36000 btu 18.5 SEER  12k 12k 12k
2421.45
2542.45 free shipping
Stack-able Washer and Dryer
http://www.sears.com/lg-4.3-cu-ft-ultra-large-turbowash-washer/p-026CO77996612B
Induction Cooktop
http://www.ajmadison...
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Roof Insulation – Open Cell Spray Foam

November 19, 2014 Blog  No comments

The day has come.  After acquiring bids, meeting with salesmen, comparing schedules, waiting on the arctic cold front to back off.  The Insulator is coming.  We have decided to do the insulation in 2 phases.  First, we will spray the insulation directly on the outside of the ceiling.  This required caulking all the edge joints in each piece of tongue and groove and putting metal air conditioning tape over the knots to prevent bleeding of the insulation through the ceiling.  We went over the ceiling twice to try to make sure there were no leaks.  But, In the end the foam show us where we missed…   We had about 6 or 7 bleeds.  But overall, the guy doing the spraying said it was remarkably prep-ed.

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Ceiling Done

November 14, 2014 Blog  One comment

Well, the ceiling is finally done.  This week  has been absolutely UNBEARABLE.  14 degrees and a 7 – 10 MPH wind.  There was no flex in the schedule due to a very small window of temperate weather with no rain.  This was needed to schedule the foam insulation.  They can not work if the temperature is below 40 degrees.  Note to self, build in September, not in November.  In any case we got it done with the help of Jose and Vincente.  The Yurt was tarped Friday 1 hour before the rain and snow began to fall.  Now we wait for Wednesday when the forecast is for 0% chance of rain and a high of 55…..

Fully Complete Roof

Fully Complete Roof

Fully Tarped Yurt

Fully Tarped Yurt

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Ceiling (Not Included)

November 10, 2014 Blog  No comments

Starting the 5th of 40 rings between 54 rafters

Starting the 5th of 40 rings between 54 rafters

One teensy weensy over site on my part was the fact that the beautiful ceilings on most of the yurts in the gallery on smiling woods yurts is not included.  On further inspection, it is stated on the website and in the manual… I have no idea how I could have missed that.  As a result, we were scrambling to come up with suitable wood for the ceiling.  After about 2 days we found a hardware store that had enough supply and would deliver.  Once the wood is delivered, we have the joy of making about 5000 cuts and painstakingly fitting, tacking and caulking each piece.

End Of Day one (of 6)

End Of Day one (of 6)

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Construction Continues – Rafters and Eves

November 6, 2014 Blog  2 comments

Well, the walls are up.  It took a full day, but they are up, and I am feeling good about the progress and the quality.  Next step, the most intimidating step so far, float the compression ring and install the rafters.  In order to “float” the compression ring, we had to make some calculations for the height of the compression  ring.  Once done, we used several stories of scaffolding and built a stand for the compression ring to rest.  Then we used a rope to hoist the extremely heavy ring to the top of the scaffolding.  Once the ring was in place, we started attaching the rafters one at a time in opposing locations to compress the ring in opposite directions.

Terry Preping the Scaffold

Terry Preping the Scaffold

Completing The Ring Stand

Completing The Ring Stand

Scaffolding Erection

Scaffolding Erection

Preparing to lift the compression ring

Preparing to lift the compression ring

After Ring Hoist. Positioning the Ring Stand

After Ring H...

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Initial Construction

November 6, 2014 Blog  No comments

Over the weekend, two of my life-long friends (J.B. Conant and Terry “T-Man” Wilson) joined me, Bob (GC) and Luis (Bob’s Assistant) in Eureka Springs to help on the initial contruction phase.  Over the next 5 days we poured over the construction manual and pictures.  Below is a progression of the build.

Adding the decking

Adding the decking

Attaching the first wall

Attaching the first wall

Attaching the first wall

5 Walls

More Walls

More Walls

Finishing The 5 Windows In The Living RoomFinishing The 5 Windows In The Living Room

Finishing The 5 Windows In The Living Room

Finishing The 5 Windows In The Living Room

Taking A Break In The Skylight

All 27 Walls

All 27 Walls

First Rafters Going Up

First Rafters Going Up

More Rafters

More Rafters

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