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Old 10-17-2010, 03:30 PM   #31
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Beenthere--That is exactly the things we can help with---Glad you dropped in.

Even an avid DIY needs to have subs come to a job for HVAC--electrical and other items--

Choosing a sub that is a good fit--preparing the site for their arrival--knowing what additional work will remain after they are finished--

Often HOs are shocked to find out that a drywall outfit doesn't clean up---that's a 'scrappers' work.

The foundation backfilling is not included in the cost of excavation---The list goes on--

I do believe we could be of help in this area-----Mike---


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Old 10-17-2010, 04:19 PM   #32
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I'd say stay away from it totally. Even with disclaimers the liability issues are huge. Keep it as it is.

It doesn't hurt to answer questions in departmental fashion but to hold yourself out to be a one-size-fits-all advice board for General Contracting suggests some serious exposure and peril.

Contracting in general is one thing, General Contracting is a totally different animal and not necessarily for the novice.
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Old 10-18-2010, 10:58 AM   #33
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There's a lot of sensitivity around this issue because there are a lot of contractors who help out homeowners here. When projects get to deep they feel like they should be hiring a pro and often they are right. However, unless it's a code issue or someone doing something really dangerous it's allowed to be discussed on this site. A lot of homeowners act as their own GC. It often doesn't go well but that's their issue.

What we don't allow here though is a contractor bashing. This isn't Angie's List or the place to vent about someone. If you have a question that's fine though.

Not sure when I said otherwise.

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Old 10-18-2010, 09:20 PM   #34
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I wouldn't attempt to do my own general contracting but I did subcontract some of my DIY work out on my current ongoing project Jim's downstairs bathroom project on the fly.

Fortunately, I have a second bathroom to use while I feel my way through this first major project of mine. I won't have that luxury with my kitchen though and hiring it done soup to nuts isn't a viable financial option either. So I do need figure out what to hire done and at what stage.
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Old 10-18-2010, 10:37 PM   #35
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I have had bad experiences with General Contractors. I would just as soon work for a homeowner.


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