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Old 12-13-2013, 01:59 PM   #16
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I prefer to ask for quality answers from people who are experianced rather than asking a website crawler that will pull up anything with the words "how to build a house" in it.
I think it's clear enough at this point you're legit, and I have no problem admitting when I'm wrong. Here's a legit opinion:

The following book is the most comprehensive one in my arsenal. It has a tremendous amount of carpentry detail but also a large amount of information on the logistics side of homebuilding. The downside is that it was written in 1986, so it's a bit behind the times. Still, much of it is still relevant.

Of course, there's topics not covered by the book which are as critical to homebuilding as carpentry: electrical, plumbing, HVAC.

http://www.amazon.com/Handbook-Const...on+contracting

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Volunteer at a Habitat for Humanity site.
Take some classes at your local Tec school.
Work for someone that builds houses.
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Old 12-13-2013, 05:12 PM   #18
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If you hardly have experience with carpentry how would you get a job?
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Work cheap
Cracked me up one time when I was looking for help.
I was checking out Craigs List and there was other ads that read "must have no pending court dates, must have valid license, must be able to pass drug test" no mention of experience, having to have tools.
Willing to show up on time, do what your told to do, leaving your Damm cell phone in your vehicle, not showing up hung over, not having your pants hanging down to your ankles and you would be a valued employee in the real contractors world.
In most cases I would rather have a new guy that did not already have bad habits he learned from someone that just did not care about how his work came out and only cared of the customers check cleared.
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Cracked me up one time when I was looking for help.
I was checking out Craigs List and there was other ads that read "must have no pending court dates, must have valid license, must be able to pass drug test" no mention of experience, having to have tools.
Willing to show up on time, do what your told to do, leaving your Damm cell phone in your vehicle, not showing up hung over, not having your pants hanging down to your ankles and you would be a valued employee in the real contractors world.
In most cases I would rather have a new guy that did not already have bad habits he learned from someone that just did not care about how his work came out and only cared of the customers check cleared.

Hahaha well I can fit all those guidelines. Poor guy must have had a bad experience with crappy employees.
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Old 12-13-2013, 05:42 PM   #21
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You are already going about building a house right, you are researching a good while before building. There is much you will need to know, formulas, set backs on the property, type of soil you are building on. The weather in your area will determine how you must build, how deep your footings will need to be, how much rebar you will need, earthquake/hurricane code, snow load, flood zone etc.

You will need to know how to layout the foundation which is very important because if your foundation is off everything else in the house will be also.

You will need to decide if you are going to build conventional or on a slab. If a slab are you going monolithic or on a curtain wall with backfill. If conventional, you will need to know how many and where the piers go and how to build the piers to correct height.

You will need to know how to figure how much concrete you will need for the footings and piers, if slab on a curtain wall you will need to know how to figure how many blocks, how much masonry sand, how much portland. You will need to know how much and what kind of backfill, how much rebar/ rewire, 6mil poly, how the post holes must be spaced and how deep. How much termite treat or hire a pest control to spray. How many J bolts and how far to space them.

Are you going to stain the concrete or seal it before hand (if you put a sealer on your concrete you will not be able to stain it later). Are you going to want stamped concrete, scored or as mentioned stained.

You will need to know how to figure how many yards of concrete for the footings, piers, and slab. If you go conventional floor, what dimensional lumber to use for floor joists, girders, mud seals, bands. Don't forget a termite shield. What you will need for decking and how to figure how much.

This just for the foundation and this is just skimmed over, not detailed. We aren't try to discourage you, we are just trying encouraging you to research, research and if you can build with a contractor for a year or two you will be that much further ahead. If you are a vet they have a course that you can take for building and it covers it pretty well.

This is just a start, you will need to know how to build corners, Ts, headers and what the specs are for the spam for a header. You will been to know how to build a window and door buck, how to figure and cut rafters and the list goes on and on. We will be here to help when you get cranked up (I hope)
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Thanks, all of you. I've already got someone who wanted help on fixing walls and some floors. Already an opportunity to learn
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Hahaha well I can fit all those guidelines. Poor guy must have had a bad experience with crappy employees.
In your wildest dreams you wouldn't believe some of the people who tried out, just unreal is a mild way to put it. I had one guy who said he was 36 years old with 40 years experience. I just had to hire him, he showed up with a new square, new hammer, new nail apron and all were from the dollar store, didn't last a day.

Don't lie, it is too easy to be found out.
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In your wildest dreams you wouldn't believe some of the people who tried out, just unreal is a mild way to put it. I had one guy who said he was 36 years old with 40 years experience. I just had to hire him, he showed up with a new square, new hammer, new nail apron and all were from the dollar store, didn't last a day.

Don't lie, it is too easy to be found out.
Oh wow, I would have hired him too just to see something funny That's hilarious. Who in the world would get a hammer from a dollar store you'll be striking stuff with that thing. If the handle broke it could really hurt you.
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In your wildest dreams you wouldn't believe some of the people who tried out, just unreal is a mild way to put it. I had one guy who said he was 36 years old with 40 years experience. I just had to hire him, he showed up with a new square, new hammer, new nail apron and all were from the dollar store, didn't last a day.

Don't lie, it is too easy to be found out.
Too bad you're down the road too far. I'd work for you. I would tell you right out the gate that I have done it all.....not right maybe but I done it.
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Too bad you're down the road too far. I'd work for you. I would tell you right out the gate that I have done it all.....not right maybe but I done it.
well at least you would be straight up. My working days are gone, lot of houses and construction behind me now.
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well at least you would be straight up. My working days are gone, lot of houses and construction behind me now.
what kind of stuff you work on? Other than houses lol.

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what kind of stuff you work on? Other than houses lol.
Restoration of antique homes, building antique reproduction homes, stairs, casework, millwork. Several years of hospital furniture and case work with a lot of HPL (Formica) work. And lots of big homes.
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Nice wish u were in WV and taught classes lol
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Nice wish u were in WV and taught classes lol
Where in WV are you? I live near Harpers Ferry.

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