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  1. Did contractor bid by skimping on bundles or just make mistake?

    Looking to replaces a shingle roof on a home and taking multiple bid. The roof is 3,126 sq. ft with eight hips, four ridges, 4 valleys, one chimney, a dozen box vents and a moderate slope, mainly 7/12. Planning to use a laminate shingle that needs three bundles per square. Several bids came in...
  2. Price and Estimates

    General DIY Discussions
    DangerMouse placed a nice sticky and yet there are many who would like to get a ball-park number when faced with repairs or maintenance projects. I thought that I would provide a link that has helped me a lot in the last two years. The website is called and here is the...
  3. What's funny about the Homeowners' naivete?

    General DIY Discussions
    Hello, I happened across a lengthy discussion on the contractors' side about the seemingly idiotic assumptions homeowners make when they try to get a "ballpark estimate" over the phone. Could it be we're not greedy or moronic, but just naive?:( I got that there are a zillion variables, and...
  4. 1300 sq ft addition help

    Building & Construction
    I'm looking to add a approx 1300 sq ft addition to a 888 sq ft existing home shell only for now. This addition is main level with second story i would hire foundation done, crawl space no basement and do as much of the deconstruction, framing,siding,windows that I'm equipped to do. could anyone...
  5. Attached Garage Construction in Northern Virginia

    Building & Construction
    I've been reviewing the message board, and I can't believe I didn't find this sooner! This is my first post, so please excuse me if I am missing a previous post that has the information I'm looking for... I currently have an attached 2 car carport LXW 25X22. The carport is structurally...