From $9.95



Syndication

Statistics

Users
Total: 32,900
Visited Last 30 days: 227
Forum Messages
Total: 20,966
Last 30 days: 7
Forum Evaluations
Total: 24,160
Last 30 days: 0
Journal Entries
Total: 5,400
Last 30 days: 10
Connections
Total: 15,247
Last 30 days: 4
Downloads
Total: 87,196

Journals

Name
NorthShoreBathrooms
7 Visits | 1 Posts | 2 Pix | 0 Videos
Tenants-Right-When-S... Maryland, MD
585 Visits | 5 Posts | 4 Pix | 0 Videos
furnacerepairon St Catharines, AL
27 Visits | 1 Posts | 9 Pix | 0 Videos
furnacemkm Markham, AL
29 Visits | 1 Posts | 7 Pix | 0 Videos
vallejocleaningservi... Vallejo , CA
25 Visits | 1 Posts | 1 Pix | 0 Videos
getpestcontrol Delhi, AL
33 Visits | 1 Posts | 1 Pix | 0 Videos
noithattrieugia tphcm, AL
49 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
httpownerbuilderbook...
115 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
Packers-and-Movers Delhi, AL
374 Visits | 2 Posts | 1 Pix | 0 Videos
Best-Access-Doors Jackson, AL
164 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
Concrete-Contractors...
225 Visits | 2 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
bird Springfield, MO
166 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
Tanglewood Colorado Springs, CO
120,364 Visits | 1,004 Posts | 2,581 Pix | 47 Videos
Drywall-Repair-Lehi
241 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
ianpundt
277 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
Magic-Of-The-SideSto... San Carlos, CA
604 Visits | 2 Posts | 2 Pix | 0 Videos
httpswwwfaxitfastcom... salt lake city, AL
249 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
Owning-My-First-Prop... Grand Rapids, MI
358 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
movers-and-packers Hyderabad, AL
349 Visits | 1 Posts | 1 Pix | 0 Videos
Investment-Propertie... Rochester, MN
400 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
See all journals...

Current Top-Rated Posters

RatingPosts
Lance in Buena Vista, CO0.002

We are planning to build within the next year. This will be the first of many if everything goes as well as expected. Your book and website keep me pumped; thanks again.
Patti in Salisbury, NC

Try one of our new Construction Bargain Strategies for free. Coupon code: CBS. One strategy could save you $1,000 or $10,000 or maybe $50,000 when you build or remodel.

Steven in Colorado Springs, CO's Journal Entries


Click here to create your own construction journal.

Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 6/2/2009

It's amazing how we haven't really even barely begun to start yet and already I've got some things I want to pass along to those who follow.  Listen and take heed, I plead thee:

  • Your tools will break.  It won't be because you failed to do proper maintenance or because you used your crescent wrench as a hammer, things just break.  It'll seem like everything you are using is suddenly falling apart.  Really it's not like that--you just notice it more because you're using them more. Take a deep breath and use it as an opportunity to buy more toys.

  • Sometimes when you fix something you end up uncovering a new problem with that same device.  This happens more with big, intricate things (like chippers or chainsaws) than it does with hammers, but don't be surprised either way.  Just view it as maintaining your investment or (if you really hate that particular tool) use it as an excuse to buy the one you really wanted anyway.

  • Along those lines, it pays to properly maintain your tools.  Trust me on this--you'll be happier and there will be fewer breakdowns along the way too. Put the shovel away at the end of the day or it'll get rained on sure as anything.  If you leave the marking tape out the wind and/or squirrels will find new ways to distribute it randomly around the construction area.  Park the ATV each night in a secure place that (preferably) is out of the rain. You'll never find those screws you set down right there until you run something with a tire over them, and then you'll know exactly where they are.  Etc.

  • Everything takes longer to do than you think it will. You might already know this because you're a hands-on kind of person (or you wouldn't be doing anything as crazy as building your own house!), but it's even more true once you're looking at a dozen trees to turn into firewood and it's two days before you break ground.  Ya just gotta plan for it and take any help you can get--otherwise you're going to go nuts (more than you are by building your own house, that is).

  • Anything you need to do will almost certainly require that you have something else that you left way over there.  If it's uphill from you and/or you've got to carry something heavy the odds of this double.  The only solution I know of is to carry a tool belt that has one of everything on it around with you all the time.

  • Nearly every task depends on something else that has to be done first. You can't cut the logs into firewood because the chainsaw needs a new chain, and you left those over in the back of the truck, and once you get those you realize that you're low on lube and chain oil, and why isn't that in the shed where we put it last week?  And so on, and so on.

  • Wood rolls downhill when you're cutting logs up into manageable sizes.  Don't be downhill when you're doing this.

  • Firewood doesn't stack nice and pretty like it does in the cartoons.  Most of you know this already.

  • You can flip your generator over end over end by yanking just a bit too hard on the extension cord while trying to get the knot out of the it. Ask me how I know.

  • I haven't even gotten to things utterly out of your control, like scheduling delays and soil test disputes.  Breathe deep and save the vein-popping for the arguments about wallpaper vs. paint or tiles vs. wood flooring.
But no matter what, remember that this fun!  We're building something designed by us the way we want it, and we're doing it with (mostly) our own sweat equity. 

And that makes it all worth while.


Steven in Colorado Springs

My Construction Website

Posted by Rachal in Janesville, CA on 6/2/2009

Rachal's Forum Posts: 79
Journal Entries: 31
Interview Answers: 62

Private Message


Image from Rachal's blog
6/2/2009
And I thought these things only happened to me!!
Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 6/3/2009

Steven's Forum Posts: 89
Journal Entries: 1004
Interview Answers: 255

Private Message

My Construction Website


Steven's Selected Image
6/3/2009
Hehehehehehheeh

Login to Reply




Login to comment...
Copyright 1997-2020 Consensus Group Inc.