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    lol, nah he was a member first.

    lol, nah he was a member first.
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    Thank you all for the kind words. We were worried...

    Thank you all for the kind words. We were worried that she was going to be bothersome, but was really good. She loves books and learning. And since my husband attended in 2011, we had an "extra" book...
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    After 11 very hard days (3 days after the class...

    After 11 very hard days (3 days after the class was over, I gave birth to our stillborn son) this brought tears of joys to my eyes. Thank you for the kind words. We try. On the plane ride home she...
  4. Thread: Sold!

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    Sold!

    My wife and I sold our crummy stick frame house in June 2015. We enjoyed an extended vacation in NYC and now we have returned to MI. We have a place to live and basic transportation now while we save...
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    I have a friend who used to do stick frame...

    I have a friend who used to do stick frame construction. My new rule with these people is to never ever talk to them about log homes. It can get ugly.

    As far as why I'm taking the class again: 1)...
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    Determined, I went to the 11/11 class. Long...

    Determined,
    I went to the 11/11 class. Long before my wife and I were married, long before we were engaged, long before there was enough money for both of us to go…
    We'll be there in 02/16!!! All...
  7. I happen to have a relative who, despite being...

    I happen to have a relative who, despite being retired now, does a lot of work with machines, electricity, magnets (he worked in aviation maintenance and airplane construction) and I asked his...
  8. Any Quantum Physicists on here? (off grid power)

    Ummmmm . . .
    Would this work for off grid power? I'm not informed at all on this kind of stuff, so taking a shot in the dark by throwing this out there....
  9. Do they heat the concrete evenly? It seems like...

    Do they heat the concrete evenly? It seems like there would be thin stripes of heat and wider stripes of cool concrete.
    Btw, a most definitely on ICF.
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    Had the wife take a look at masonry heaters. She...

    Had the wife take a look at masonry heaters. She likes! It may be a go! :cool:
  11. PEX radiant sub-floor heating under basement floor

    Does anyone have any experience with this? Problems/issues? Benefits (other than not having to hear a jet engine start up when the heating system kicks on)? Cost? How long do they last in the real...
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    From looking at some of Maine's images it seems...

    From looking at some of Maine's images it seems as though masonry heaters, when centrally located relative to the floor plan, would be much better in smaller homes than larger homes, particularly if...
  13. I live in Michigan. I took the class in Fall of...

    I live in Michigan. I took the class in Fall of 2011 while I was also attending Oakland Community College. That semester, I was taking Anatomy and Physiology 1, US History to 1877, American...
  14. Thread: Dam it!!!

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    'Bout fell outta my chair laughing!

    'Bout fell outta my chair laughing!
  15. Thread: Dam it!!!

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    You're a riot! That's funny!

    You're a riot! That's funny!
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    I'm going to have to remember that. I'll stock up...

    I'm going to have to remember that. I'll stock up on Calcium Chloride and... pantyhose? *cough *cough
    Yep.
  17. Thread: Dam it!!!

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    Today, I spent the better part of the day on a...

    Today, I spent the better part of the day on a ladder and some more on the roof with a framing hammer breaking off chunks of the ice with the claw end of the hammer. I must have been successful in...
  18. Thread: Dam it!!!

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    At first, I thought you were saying how much...

    At first, I thought you were saying how much you'd love to have ice dams, then I re-read what you posted. I suppose I can be glad this is happening while I'm 29 and not 59.
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    Dam it!!!

    Okay, just bought this stick frame house in November. Moved in in December. Was gone the entire month of January (during which time it was so cold that ice cubes were starting warming fires). During...
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    Perhaps we'll look at NC as well as SC! Both...

    Perhaps we'll look at NC as well as SC! Both sound like wonderful places to live and raise a family!
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    Oldtrapper, thank you for the link! I'll...

    Oldtrapper, thank you for the link! I'll definitely check it out!

    The UP is a very beautiful place! As mentioned, the only issue I have with it is the short growing season. That's one of at least...
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    I think I may have made the whole "red - blue"...

    I think I may have made the whole "red - blue" thing sound more important to me than it actually is. The reason I brought it up in the first place is because it can be a very good indicator of where...
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    Thanks, all, for the advice. I realize politics...

    Thanks, all, for the advice.
    I realize politics has no place on the forums so if my original post offended anyone, I apologize.
    As far as codes, are they statewide in most places or determined by...
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    Need Help Finding Land

    I live in Michigan's Southern Peninsula.
    I'm looking for a state that's a little less "blue", with soil that's rich (as opposed to Michigan's mixture of clay and sand) so that I can grow a garden,...
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    Happyquilter, that's the idea! He'll need a...

    Happyquilter, that's the idea!
    He'll need a double barreled break action shotgun. Remind him to "double-tap" and do plenty of "cardio," for you Zombieland watchers.
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