Building house in Chile the "gringo" way

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Re: Building house in Chile the "gringo" way

Post by KDnR » Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:10 pm

The ugliest part of all was to screw all of those roof pieces together. Often in a very uncomfortable position, had to drive a bunch of screws in. Boxes of screws going into this house. Had to go and buy more recently, a box of 10 000 screws were gone in a few days.
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Re: Building house in Chile the "gringo" way

Post by KDnR » Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:21 pm

It was a nice cool day. We made a mistake making these rooftop walls too big and it was a challenge to get it up there. Next time would use much smaller sections.
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Post by KDnR » Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:33 pm

Finishing up the roof
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Post by KDnR » Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:43 pm

All walls are in place. Lots of bracing, strapping, hurricane clips and little nonsense work ahead. My best two guys, one of them is my son are proud to get the job done up to this point.
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Post by KDnR » Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:54 pm

It is hard to find a good variety of Simpson straps here in Chile. Have to be creative to secure some of the spots
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Post by KDnR » Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:20 pm

Last few days of the last year we connected sewer pipes from the houses to the septic tanks, tanks to the leach field, rain drain to water collection/geothermal tank. Water is a rare commodity in the area and we are going to collect it and heat the house using that water. Water could be used to water the plants around the house later. Connected geothermal pipes that will collect temperature from the septic tanks, we have 2 of 3.5 cubic meter tanks. We can use that also.

Plus, we connected geothermal pipes between houses, insulated hot pipe for geothermal and hot water. Gas pipes, electrical, all the stuff that takes time.

Well, now it's over, waiting for excavator to show up and do a backfill.
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Re: Building house in Chile the "gringo" way

Post by ctroxell » Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:09 pm

That ground looks hard! Appreciate your posts.

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Post by KDnR » Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:48 am

ctroxell wrote:
Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:09 pm
That ground looks hard! Appreciate your posts.
Thanks, glad there are some people who follow this. It’s a bit too quiet here, seems like I’m talking to myself only. Appreciate that I have your response. Some critics were supposed to show up but there are busy doing something else. Boring...

The ground is hard. We had tranches dugout with excavator but still, in some places had to work with shovels. Plus had to backfill under the pipes to be ready for excavator. Into New Year went with a lots of blisters on my hands.

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Re: Building house in Chile the "gringo" way

Post by KDnR » Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:16 am

Moved to the new job site. Just finished stakeout for the house. Kind of complicated to do it on the lot that is not square. And to wait for a Chilean surveyor does not look appealing. That may take days for him to show up. Hope I can get excavator here, so far he was delaying.
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Re: Building house in Chile the "gringo" way

Post by gregf » Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:45 pm

I am also enjoying this and following the thread, just not posting as I have nothing to add or to ask :) appreciate you sharing this.

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Post by Zenth » Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:34 pm

Ditto!

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Re: Building house in Chile the "gringo" way

Post by 41southchile » Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:08 pm

Yeah anyone that tries to build in Chile deserves respect. Relying on anyone in Chile is a gamble, sometimes you get lucky, more often than not you end up going grey and developing an ulcer. Looking good, very interesting to follow your progress .
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science. - Darwin

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