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Old 04-26-2013, 01:21 PM   #61
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:16 PM   #62
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:33 PM   #63
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I wish I could get that book but I don't have any money. I take it my explanation on the last post was incorrect....
If you dont have $4.50 you have a bigger problem than worrying about how houses are built.
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If you dont have $4.50 you have a bigger problem than worrying about how houses are built.
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Let me be honest with you guys. I apologize for all the questions. It's just that over the past year or so I have been trying to learn everything construction related and I am very hard of myself. I try to learn everything. Maybe that is just not realistic. So, I come on here and ask tons of questions. I get overwhelmed then I get down on myself. Any words of advice?
There's something to be said for grasping the limits of your abilities, both physical and mental. It's one thing to tackle remodeling a room, or even a whole level. Jobs like that have a lot of leeway in the time you can take to do them. But when you start talking about ripping open the roof you need to have a good grasp of the schedule and know you'll stick to it. This is where when you're over your head it's often a good idea to bring in some pros to handle the big or important stuff. Then do the rest of the work yourself.

There's certainly no shame in using contractors when the scope of the work exceeds your abilities. Managing that is a whole other issue though.
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There's something to be said for grasping the limits of your abilities, both physical and mental. It's one thing to tackle remodeling a room, or even a whole level. Jobs like that have a lot of leeway in the time you can take to do them. But when you start talking about ripping open the roof you need to have a good grasp of the schedule and know you'll stick to it. This is where when you're over your head it's often a good idea to bring in some pros to handle the big or important stuff. Then do the rest of the work yourself.

There's certainly no shame in using contractors when the scope of the work exceeds your abilities. Managing that is a whole other issue though.
This is very true. There are also jobs that a professional contractor can do cheaper than it costs you to buy the material.

Insulating is one of these things. Insulation contractors buy insulation by the truckload. They can install it on a large job for less than you can buy the materials.

Another can be drywall. If you hang drywall wrong and have a pro tape and mud it, it will often cost more to tape and mud than it would have cost the pro to do the whole job. Many many years ago I suffered this one. I finished a large attic space. Put in two bedrooms and a bathroom. Large attic with collar beams. I built kneewalls, Bathroom, tile etc. When I hung the drywall I did not float the rock on the low rafters so the drywall followed a serpentine route where it followed the rafter/collar beam interface. I had a pro that I did previous work with come in and mud it. After all was said and done he says to me: Too bad you didnt call me first, I would have charged you the same thing to hang and tape it as I had to charge you to tape and mud it, because I had to use three times the amount of mud I usually use to fix what you did.

I learned on that one, and I thought I was doing it right.
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:32 AM   #67
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I just had my addition insulated....$1300....done in one day....included insulating the joists between the 1st & 2nd floors....upstairs is all vaulted....addition is a little over 1000 sq ft. Done in one day....and I didn't itch at all from the insulation.....

I figure material costs alone was over $500....3 guys at $150/day each.....company has to make a small profit.....

Yea....not worth my time to do it....

Now to find some drywall guys....
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quick question...

When you have your end gable soffit j channel that holds in the soffit against the gable wall and lets say you want to add vinyl siding or vinyl shake siding underneath for the end gable wall. Below the soffit J channel do you just "but up" another piece of j channel for the siding or should you have a piece of flashing between the two pieces of j channel? Reason I am asking is because if you have the two pieces of j channel up against each other wouldn't that be a spot for water to get in?

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