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To wit: <ul> <li><a href="Surrounds.html">Oct, Hex and Round Surrounds</a> <li><a href="Cleverponics.html">Cleverponics</a> <li><a href="BarrelOven.html">Brick Barrel Oven</a> <li><a href="DomeForms.html">Dome Forms</a> <li><a href="MikeyBlockReefer.html">Mikey Block Reefer</a> </ul> </p> <div class="subheader" id="MiniReefer"> Mini Reefer</div> <p> Hi folks. The mini has been running for several days. Hi daytime temp, mid 80's. The little step will have pretend grass on it. Platform is 6 ft x 10 ft. Reefer is 6 x 8 ft. With siding and trim, about 75 inches wide. Most of the popular small trailers are 77 inches between rails. Nice snug fit. We will use a 14 ft long trailer. 2 ft space in front, and 2 ft in the back. Plenty of room for tables, generator, etc. <br /> <img src="images/NewProducts/minireefer.jpg" width="800px" border="1"> <br /> We have been maintaining 38&deg;F with < 2 kwh/day. </p> <div class="subheader"> Beans and Rice</div> Simple food. When things are bad --it's good. When things are good --it's still good. Simple. That's the philosophy that we at Mikey Block embrace. Plan your work and work your plan. Unfortunately, simple doesn't always work that way. <p> Two recent examples: Two architectural firms, each designed homes using Mikey Block. </p> <p> Customer #1 consulted with us and told the designer the methods we recommended. The architect drew it her way --then passed the buck to a structural engineer. Finally resolved through customer insistence. Right or wrong, "they" got paid. </p> <p> Customer #2's designers and engineers did not consult us. Had they done so, lots of time and money would have been saved. Why would "professionals" seek advice from "blue collar" types that are dirty by 9AM each day? Just one detail of #2's house: 30' of very high patio wall. Their way required 8.5 yards of concrete in the footing, plus 1850 pounds of reinforcing steel. Our way needed 2.3 yards of concrete and 320 pounds of steel. Sad. Cost #2 a bunch and "they" got paid. </p> <p> Sample test: Who should you ask about purchasing a dependable and affordable toilet? </p> <ol> <li>Someone at Home Depot</li> <li>An architect</li> <li>An engineer</li> <li>A plumber</li> </ol> <p> Remember - beans and rice, and that we at Mikey Block know a lot about our product. </p> <p> We invented it. </p> <div class="subheader"> Website Update</div> We've updated the home page of MikeyBlock.com to present news and information as it becomes available. After several years of trying to look professional we've figured out that just isn't who we are, so we've decided to go back to just being ourselves. What a relief for us. Just use the menubar above to access everything you never wanted to know about Mikey Block and on this page we'll provide content from real humans that we hope you'll find useful. Thanks for visiting! <div class="subheader"> Keep Is Simple: Make It Mikey Block</div> We just received the following testemonial from another satisfied Mikey Block homeowner, Bryce Reichardt. In fact, Bryce was also the home builder and he conveys some words of wisdom about building a comfortable, quiet and energy efficient home: <br /> <br /> <div class="letter"> After living in an adobe home for 20 years, I knew I didn t want another high-thermal-mass house. I investigated ICF s and found Mikey Block. It was the best choice because of a higher foam/lower concrete content, which meant better insulating value and lower cost. And it was the only ICF product that one individual could build by himself  no special bracing or tools required and the blocks were a lightweight, manageable size. So I built my house with Mikey Block and designed it with just a few key features to make it energy efficient: <ol> <li>Mikey Block for the exterior walls</li> <li>A Mikey Block stem wall, which gives me an insulated slab. My concrete floor never gets cold in the winter, and heat doesn t escape through the sides of the slab.</li> <li>Quality tight fitting windows and doors.</li> <li>An unvented attic, which is the most energy efficient method in our southwest climate. The insulation is sprayed foam on the underside of the roof deck, rather than fiberglass sitting on top of the ceiling. This makes the attic semi-conditioned space, which keeps ductwork and plumbing from temperature extremes. </li> </ol> My house is always comfortable: no hot or cold rooms, no walls that you have to stay away from because they re too hot or too cold. We live south of Tucson at 5100 elevation. Temperatures here have ranged from 4 degrees to 98 degrees. Our heat pump almost never runs during the day in winter. Our heating and cooling costs are so low that we were at first shocked. In our last house, in a warmer climate, the furnace came on and off, on and off, on and off. In this house it s off from around 9am and doesn t come back on until maybe 9pm on a typical winter day. <br /> <br /> During the winter of 2012-2013 we had at least 12 snow storms of 1-4". During the month of November, our electric bill was $68. In December it was $122, followed by $93 in January and $90 in February. The house is 2800 sq. ft, with 11' ceilings, so there's lots of space to heat. We do use our wood stove when we have the time, but the majority of the heating is from a heat pump. This is an all electric home that includes a well. The 3.5 hp pump must pump the water from a 360' depth to the surface, then another 500' to the house with 75' of elevation lift. <br /> <br /> Add to this a house that is very quiet and very solid, and Mikey Block was the obvious choice for me. <br /> <br /> -Bryce Reichardt </div> <div class="subheader"> A Tale of Two Cities</div> This came in from Dave awhile ago. It's really kind of charming the way he writes, so we left it as is, but added notations you can mouse over for translation or clarification. <br /> <br /> <span class="davetext">Comfort revolves around heating and cooling degree days. Safe to assume, Phoenix is dramatically different than Duluth. Phx. June, July, Aug avg. temp = 92 <span class="annotation">d f<span class="tooltip">degrees Farenheit</span></span>. Duluth Dec, Jan, Feb avg temp = 22 d f. Comfort zone, anywhere, is between 65 d to 75 d. We'll use 70 d. <br /> Phx is hotter than comfort for 3 months by 22 d. Duluth is colder than comfort by 48 d for 3 months. @ 92 d, with water and shade, you can survive. @ 22 d, without appropriate clothing, you are history. My point? Thermal mass is significant. 90 days of extremes, and that magic thermal mass the rep from <span class="annotation"> brand x <span class="tooltip">any flat panel ICF brand</span></span> tried to explain, goes the way of <span class="annotation">break dancing<span class="tooltip">something they did in the '80s.</span></span>. Brand x flat panel wears for external armor a <span class="annotation">2.5 in x 1.5 d eps jacket<span class="tooltip">1.5 pounds/cubic foot density encapsulated polystyrene (EPS) @ 2.5" thickness</span></span>. R value of <span class="annotation">2.5 x 4.1 = 10.25 <span class="tooltip">2.5in. x 4.1 R-value/in. for 1.5 pounds/cubic foot EPS</span></span> +- Sooner or later, that concrete interior will be affected by the outside avg. temp. Now, the next barrier is the <span class="annotation">int <span class="tooltip">interior</span></span> panel of the same. Total collective R = 10.25 x 2 = <span class="annotation">20.5 R<span class="tooltip">sum of the R-value for the exterior and interior 2.5" panels</span></span>. <span class="annotation">Never forget the high dollar ice chest your family takes to the lake<span class="tooltip">reference to the fact that after several day all the ice will melt, no matter how expensive the ice chest</span></span>. Mikey Block has a static R value of <span class="annotation">28<span class="tooltip">not a simple R/in x thickness because of the complex shape</span></span>. In some <span class="annotation"> areas, same as brand x<span class="tooltip">hollow portions of the block</span></span>, in others, 10.5 in x 4.1 = <span class="annotation">R43<span class="tooltip">portions of the block that are 10.5" eps</span></span>. Perhaps <span class="annotation">27% <span class="tooltip">28 is 27% more than 20.5</span></span> better. In cold climates, <span class="annotation">30% <span class="tooltip">R-value is inversely proportional to temperature?</span></span> better. My next e mail will involve value, <span class="annotation">vs a vs <span class="tooltip">vis-a-vis</span></span> cost in place and cost per R value. </span> <div class="subheader"> A Tale of Two Cities Continued</div> <span class="davetext">Assumptions. <span class="annotation">Re bar <span class="tooltip"> structural steel, aka rebar</span></span> same for both. Grout @ <span class="annotation"> $135.00/yd3<span class="tooltip">$135 per cubic yard</span></span>. Wall is 100 ft x 10 ft = 1,000 sq ft. All <span class="annotation">fob<span class="tooltip">free on board, meaning not including shipping costs</span></span>. <br /> <br /> <span class="annotation">6 in <span class="tooltip">6" = thickness of concrete between the eps panels</span></span> brand x panel @ $3.30/ft2 1,000 x 3.30 = $3,300.00 <br /> grout = 1,000/ <span class="annotation">55 <span class="tooltip">each square foot requires .5 cubic feet of grout. 27 cu ft/cu yard divided by .5 = 55</span></span> = 18.5 yd3 x $135.00 = $2,500.00 <br /> total $5,800.00 <br /> <br /> <span class="annotation">MB panels <span class="tooltip">Mikey Blocks (it's 17 d f below zero and he's spending too much time panelizing Mikey Block)</span></span>. @ $3.75/sq ft = $3,750.00 <br /> grout = 1,000/ <span class="annotation">91 <span class="tooltip">one cubic yard of grout will fill 91 suare feet of Mikey Block</span></span> = 11 yd3 x $135.00 = $1,500.00 <br /> total $5,250.00 <br /> <br /> Cost per R value/ in place <br /> Brand x 1 R = <span class="annotation">27.6 cents<span class="tooltip">$5250/1000/20.5</span></span> <br /> MB x 1 R = <span class="annotation">18.75 cents<span class="tooltip">$3750/1000/28</span></span> <br /> <br /> <span class="annotation">Pretend 7th grade was good.<span class="tooltip">Because you learned math?</span></span>. </span> <div class="subheader"> Finally, Dave Morse</div> Dave Morse is an excellent builder who is highly respected by those that know his work. He's also a Mikey Block proponent and has been for many years. We just got this testemonial from him: <br /> <br /> <div class="letter"> To: Mr. Dave Taggett <br /> Mikey Block <br /> <br /> I am sending you this note regarding your product. I have built 3 large custom homes in the past using your product. Not only is it an easy method of construction, its thermal qualities are incredible. I built my own 4100+ sq. ft. home, with an additional 1000 sq. ft. wood shop. I am all electric. My last year's electric bills averaged out to $276 per month. I used to own a 2000 sq. ft. house built of masonry. The power bills were about the same as my 4100 sq. ft. Mikey Block house. I will always recommend your product to my clients. If I ever sell my home, I will build another Mikey Block house. <br /> <br /> David Morse <br /> </div> <div class="subheader"> Blast! We Have a Complaint</div> Very rare --we thought we'd share. This is from Rosecrants Construction in Tennesee. <br /> <br /> <div class="letter"> Dear Mikey Block, We had to write you a letter after we had our first complaint about your product. Yes, that's right we actually have a huge complaint! Our house was too warm for our guests this Christmas Holiday! When it was below 27F outside, inside was a balmy 80F with the heat off, we had a few friends over for our annual holiday celebration and we actually had to open some windows and the sliding glass door because your product is fantastic! Now how about that for a complaint? We are over the top impressed with Mikey Block and couldn't recommend a better product. We also happen to be custom home builders in Tennessee and have some pretty picky clients. Our customers are extremely pleased with Mikey Block and how energy efficient it is, keeping them warm and saving them money. Not only is your product great, your staff is friendly, helpful and always available if you have a question. Thank you again for giving us something to complain about, being too warm in our Mikey Block house this Winter! <br /> <br /> Warmest Regards, <br /> <br /> Tom and Kristin Rosecrants <br /> Owners of Rosecrants Construction <br /> <br /> </div> <div class="subheader"> Enlightenment</div> Here are links to two very informative articles that may surprise you. The first takes you to a study conducted by the ICFA that measured the point of failure by several different methods of walls constructed of each of the three types of ICFs as well as one constructed of wood frame. As expected, all of the ICFs blow away the frame construction. What we really found satisfying is the similairity in performance between the screen grid (Mikey Block) and the solid panel ICFs. <p align="center"> <a href="http://www.forms.org/index.cfm/durabilitystrength" target="_new"> <img src="images/CTL1.jpg" height="200px"> <img src="images/CTL2.jpg" height="200px"> <img src="images/CTL3.jpg" height="200px"> <h4> ICFA Strength & Durability Study</h4> </a> </p> <p> The second link takes you to a study conducted to compare the moisture absorbtion of EPS and XPS foam. It is commonly thought that the more expenisive XPS has superior insulating properties to EPS. Quoted R-Values for one pound density foam are typically 3.6 for EPS and 5.0 for XPS, giving it an apparent 39% advantage. This study, however, measured a 15-year real world side-by-side application of the two. What the researchers found was for long term exposure, XPS is prone to much higher moisture absorbtion rates. Moisture absorbtion is the kiss of death for insulation and the study found that after 15 years in the ground, the XPS had lost 48% of its R-value (2.6), while the EPS lost just 6% (3.3). Thus, when used below grade or other environments exposed to moisture, it looks like good old EPS is the better choice. And an even better choice is Mikey Block, which is made from 1.5 pound density foam, having an R-value of 4.1 per inch. </p> <h4> <a href="http://www.achfoam.com/PressReleaseFoamFaceOff.aspx" target="_new">EPS/XPS Foam Face-off</a></h4> <div class="subheader"> Another Recent Mikey Block House</div> <img alt="Docis House" src="images/docis.jpg" height="300px;"> <br /> <div class="smallfont"> "We recently finished our Mikey Block house and we LOVE it." <br /> --Matt Docis, Owner <br /> --Architect, Richard Jost <br /> <br /> </div> <div class="subheader"> CHOOSING AN ICF: MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION</div> When it comes to choosing an ICF, you have dozens to select from. How do you know if you are making the right choice? There are a number of factors you'll want to look for: <br /> <br /> 1. <b><i>Insulating Value</i></b><i><b>: </b></i>If your ICF home doesn't insulate the way you had hoped, you'll be disappointed in the whole process. Remember, R-value is achieved through the use of EPS Foam. Concrete adds thermal mass and has an effect on R-value, but excess concrete can actually make your home perform less well. More foam means more insulation and Mikey Block has more foam than any other ICF <br /> <br /> 2. <i><b>Labor Cost:</b></i>Most ICF systems require specialized equipment, trained crews, and extensive bracing equipment. Not so with Mikey Block. We've had customers install all of their Mikey Block walls themselves, with help only at grouting time! <br /> <br /> 3.<i><b>Being Really Green:</b></i> If you want to have as little effect on the environment as possible, choose an ICF that uses less concrete. The manufacture of portland cement and the production of concrete are extremely energy-intensive processes. Mikey Block uses <i>half </i>the concrete of most flat panel systems. <br /> <br /> 4. <i><b>Factory Support: </b></i>When you call us with a question, you'll talk to Mikey Block people---the ones who've designed the system and have built with it. We know the product and have the answers. We're available 5 days a week, and you can even email us on weekends. 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