So much has happened since I last wrote, I know it's been a while. I had a post all lined up to boast to you about how we formed the huge concrete wall using panels constructed by affixing HardiPlank siding of varying heights to sheets of plywood.
The concrete crew neglected to use form release oil, but several experts since have offered that even form release oil couldn't have prevented the disaster that resulted from all the HardiPlank forms being permanently and very stubbornly stuck to what is meant to be the single resounding architectural element of the entire project, our giant concrete front wall.
The lesson? If someone on your project claims to have invented a new wheel, ask a lot of questions. Ask other people in the field, suppliers, vendors, and reps. Go to the forums and ask people who do this all the time what potential trouble you might run into with a new process. I love finding better ways to build, but I hope you all can learn from my mistake on this one.