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Old 02-20-2012, 01:31 PM   #16
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I live in upstate NY and if you plan on building over this way, I can point out who to hire.

While it is possible to build a house for 100k or less, you have to realize it will not be fancy.


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Old 02-20-2012, 01:38 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by kayak View Post
this is unrelated to the 100k question, but:

In the event that I would not for some reason be working with the crew, are you a believer in being there every day to check up on work? And does that mean checking in once a day or being there in person all day?
I just would check in once a day or twice a day once at start time and once at the end. reason for that if if you have any question on why something is the way it is you can ask and if you find something after the crew is gone asking first thing in the morning is best. Also don't hover over the crew. let them do their work.
On a earlier post some said to leave siding and windows to the pro's hanging windows and doors in new construction is easy any one can do it. as for siding If your using lap siding like Hardi plank it is so easy to hang. If yo have the right tools it is a one and a half man job. Here is a link for for the right tools for siding.http://www.pactool.us/geckogauge/index.htm
Hope that helps. Also hanging sheet rock is easy too if you have the right tools. I will hang it myself the higher a sheetrocker to tape and texture it for me.
Hey Good luck you guys can do it!

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Old 02-20-2012, 01:51 PM   #18
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If you don't know what you're looking at, what good is it for you standing around overseeing the crew? If you want to be there all day, put on a tool bag.
Visiting once a day is fine. If you have a change order, it's easier to fix/change
before the other trades move in.

A couple more items to be considered: a well and septic tank or tapping into the city line. Both cost money.


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