Living with permafrost in Fairbanks, Alaska, can really be a buzz kill. Just when you think you’re getting ahead you realize your house is sinking. There’s always something (“we got so robbed with summer this year”).
Straight Ahead Construction has a fairly innovative method for adjusting foundations and we have clients who would be glad to tell you about it.
When the addition was put on this house the builder did not put any gravel or insulation under the post and pads, therefore this part of the house continues to sink.
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1. Clean everything from the area where you are installing. Move anything that you can. Sometimes you will need to move everything to one side of the room where you re starting and then stop and move it to the side where you have installed. SWEEPING IS NOT ENOUGH! Run a sweep before you start but also vacuum. The smallest bits of debris can cause creaking and crunching noises that are permanent. Continuously sweep as you go because you will be tracking dirt while you work.
2. READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. I am sure many of you do but I can’t emphasize the importance. Even though it seems like this should be straight forward, methods vary by brand. I have installed countless floors and I still read directions because when I was impatient and did not, I had to do things twice. Like doing things twice?
3. OK well the instructions might suck so the next most important thing is to consider your layout before you start clicking the tiles together. A general rule of thumb for any surface installation is to now where you are in the field at all times. Measure the length and width of your tiles (they should be the same as they are squares) to get the exact number. The box may say twelve inch tiles but the tiles are actually 11 3/4 inches. Now measure the length and width of the area to be covered. Do some math on how many tiles it will take to fill the length or width so you can see whether you want to start with a cut piece or not. In another article I wrote about how to install decorative bathroom tiles this is described in greater detail.
4. Start slowly, take your time. Reading the instructions thoroughly and figuring out layout will make the process more fluid. After you have done this you can physically layout a few tiles to check your math and familiarize yourself with how to connect the tiles.
Between this instructional and the tiling tips on this site you should be able to install your floor no problem. Hope this helps.
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Can I get a witness!!!
I told them they could stay home when we woke of to freezing rain but they wanted to push on.
That’s some hard working men.
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The guys are keeping in good spirits despite the cold temperature. After numerous delays, the trusses arrived, were installed, and now the meticulous process of the associated framing is going on.
This is the first time any of us have done a roof like this. I give full credit to the crew and homeowner, George, because it’s tough enough to spend the entire day working with steel outside at 10F and they have dealt with this while I have been out of town
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This is progress on the home we started framing in Fairbanks nearly one month ago. There was a mix up with the truss order so the project has been idle for the last few weeks.
The roof is actually going on right now. I’ll get some pics up soon.
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October is actually one of my favorite times to be working outside in Fairbanks, Alaska. Generally, for the last few years, the first two weeks of October have been stellar weather. So far, it’s true.
Well, on day two we had some snow. See how the thickened slab below the lines we snapped stayed warmer and melted the snow.
Bruce and George check variation in the concrete slab while I shoot the laser.
Furred out walls in front of concrete block complete, now for interior walls.
Now the stair well is obvious as is the opening for the support where the masonry stove will rest.
Straight Ahead Construction,llc is a full service general contracting operation with a residential endorsement. We specialize in home renovations, additions, kitchens, baths, and new homes in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Roof removal, rafter furring, and shingling for Fairbanks home
Curbless shower for a non conforming bathroom space
Building a 16X20″ camera!
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Here are a couple pics from our trip to the flats from September 10-18 on the flats. On the second day there were 13 cow moose and 5 calves on the lake.
Winter came quickly.
My camera was acting up so I only got a few good shots.
Here are some related articles from my Alaska:
Moose hunting on the North Slope of Alaska
Thanksgiving moose ribs!
Traveling north on the Alaska pipeline
Smoking and canning Copper River Red Salmon
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