off the wall

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Last few photos of our day as bricklayers.
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Anja did a short (and well deserved) break on “the balcony”! She relaxed a little in our old wheelbarrow!
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I love this picture so much! Anja is such a powerful gal! She’s a true live wire … compared to the old lady on the right! (This photo was taken at 6 pm.. and I was really really exhausted by then! but we decided to finish the walls …and thats what we did…)
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Luckily Ray showed up with some cold drinks and a smile for everybody… seeing some new faces on the site keeps you from going nuts! Thanks Ray!
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It got darker and darker and we had to switch on the “lights” (site spotlights) … It looked truely beautiful from outside… what a change to see a house illuminated by night! looking forward to that…
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Jantschy and Anja testing the wall to see if they’re strong enough to lean on…
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Ray teased Anja a little … while she made a power-rest in our attic.
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my mum and dad showed up to see if we’d accidently immured ourselfs because we didn’t showed up at home and it was almost 11pm.
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Last block cut to the right size.
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and put into its final position.
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off the wall

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Here we go with the 2nd part of the ACC-wall-building for beginners. It was suuuuch a long day (did I mention this already!?) and after the first few rows 2 teams emerged from all the people left on the site. (the core-workers on this saturday were: Martin, Anja, Schorsch, Jantschy and me)

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First Schorsch and Anja teamed up. They had such a good time (Anja hit her head on a hammer handle while she was laughing so hard at Schorsch’s dance moves) but they didn’t only had the hell of a good time but have been also really fast and careful builders.
Second team was Martin and Jantschy. Also a dreamteam, as they know each other for such a long time and get on pretty well together. (they are both super exact and accurate – I called it the MONK-Team).
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As for myself it crystallized that I’m more the casual laborer… I pepared the blocks, measured and cut them to the right size. (after that day my forearms looked like I’d tried to kill myself with Ytong.. they have some pretty rough edges – I’ll tell ya!)
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Jantschy got creative with finding some possible ladders… we don’t call him “the professor” for nothing!
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It got pretty sweaty dealing with all the heavy blocks..
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Thank you Anja for those beautiful photos you snapped every once in a while during the day! (love the one of Jantschy glimpsing over the wall! just perfect!)

 

off the wall

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Last weekend we tried ourselfs on brick laying. As we are all newbies to this field (I think I watched a million video tutorials the week before) we decided to go with ACC blocks (Ytong) instead of normal red-bricks; as Ytong is easier to work with (you can cut it by hand using a special saw, and we “glued” it together with tile adhesive). But as I mentioned before I TOTALLY underestimated the time it takes to built the walls! (I thought its more like playing with Lego… yes, I know sometimes I tend think a little too positive naive!)
We started with the expertise of captain Codo who gave us a litte crash-course in “how to built a ACC wall”.
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It was a little tricky, because we built two walls and wanted to mesh these two together. I think the hardest part was to measure everything carefully and make some final decisions about where to go with doors and walls and stuff like this.
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Anja was superfast – one can tell that her grandpa was a bricklayer she really got it in her DNA. 
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The professor helped us and one more time he was such a trooper! After midday he was in charge and our teamleader and I think he liked it because he did a awesome job! Thanks Jantschy!
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Martin measuring and cutting the blocks…
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…and always bringing in some new blocks.
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some more photos still to come…