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Recycled Rigid Foam Insulation - Correct Use? 3/29/2010 3 4.5
Salvage Materials before Demolition of House 3/18/2010 8 3.8
Lumber package and drywall bid 3/14/2010 12 2.0
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Where are the Window Bargains? 5/31/2009 31
unlicensed subs 3/5/2009 3 4.3
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Panelized vs Stick-Built 2/7/2009 83 3.3
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Central Texas Survey 7/28/2008 2 4.0
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Cheap trees 3/7/2007 1 5.0
600 Posts 3/3/2007 5 4.1
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Building Material Surplus Outlets 2/21/2007 5 4.8
Best Bargain Methods 2/12/2007 2 4.7
Light fixture bargains 11/10/2006 9 3.9
GC license 11/1/2006 14 4.0
Lumber Liquidator Laminate 10/16/2006 3 4.0
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Using UBuildIt 8/15/2006 23
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Cheap Granite Slabs 7/27/2006 11 3.8
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Worker's Comp Insurance 4/27/2006 11
HVAC Dilemma 4/20/2006 14 3.9
ICF Second Story Wall Issue 4/19/2006 21 3.8
HVAC Calculation Software 3/29/2006 2 2.0
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Direct Buy 3/1/2006 30 4.3
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Waterproofing ICF 2/23/2006 4
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Learning ICF 2/6/2006 3
ICF vs. CMU 1/25/2006 9 4.1
Foundation 1/21/2006 4 4.0
Panelized territorial 1/18/2006 4 4.0
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Leaving one wall up 1/15/2006 7 3.7
Great website 1/15/2006 9 4.6
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Missouri architect and homeplans 1/12/2006 4
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Pool built and left without cover 1/9/2006 2
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Ryan Home's Owner-Builder Program 12/29/2005 4
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84 LUMBER packages 11/14/2005 9 4.3
Counter site 11/11/2005 1 5.0
Alternative materials 11/9/2005 12 5.0
International Builder's Show in Orlando, FL 10/30/2005 17 4.0
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Closeout and Surplus Construction Materials 9/1/2005 12 4.3
OSB price falls 8/29/2005 8
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Fireplaces on the internet 8/23/2005 1 4.0
Curved Stairs 8/22/2005 15 5.0
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Good Appliances website 8/19/2005 3 4.3
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Concrete Countertops DIY 8/16/2005 19 3.5
tile shower floor 8/16/2005 16 2.1
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Land !?!?! need help. 8/11/2005 20
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Windows 7/20/2005 23 1.0
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Construction Magazines - Free 7/11/2005 3 4.0
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ICF curtainrods and picture hangers 7/5/2005 15 4.1
South-facing house 7/4/2005 2 4.5
Bargains at what cost? 6/29/2005 6 3.8
New to the forum, moneysaving idea, will it work? 6/21/2005 4 4.7
Construction Bargain Strategies 6/5/2005 9 2.0
Owner-Building deconstruction (read: stress) 6/4/2005 17 3.8
Tile Heating 6/2/2005 4
Menards deals 5/26/2005 2 4.5
Example Budget 5/12/2005 11 3.8
Thinking like a Spec Builder 5/3/2005 18 3.9
Can I mix fill dirt with wood chips? 5/2/2005 4
Front entry doors 5/2/2005 2
Value Engineering and Profit 4/30/2005 7 4.3
Pouring your own ICF walls 4/28/2005 13 3.6
Question - ICF with Steel Interior Wall/Panels 4/26/2005 4
Building Material at Builder Cost 4/25/2005 3
Peak Auctions - Check out the Savings 4/15/2005 6 4.5
LOGIX vs. PolySteel 4/12/2005 5
Another Cabinet Outlet 4/11/2005 16 4.2
Rough-Cut Lumber 4/8/2005 7 2.0
Window World 4/6/2005 1
Alternate Locations - Material and Subcontractors 4/5/2005 1 5.0
Blueprints from home software? 4/4/2005 10
Moldings 4/4/2005 6 3.3
ICF Brand comparisons... Foam thickness/ R-Value 3/31/2005 6 2.0
Window Coverings 3/30/2005 3 4.0
Lumber/Plumbing/Electrical/Drywall/Shingles..etc. 3/29/2005 16 3.9
Any recommendations on Heating and cooling systems 3/23/2005 6 3.2
Bargaining with subs? 3/22/2005 3
Finding a Builder in your area? 3/21/2005 3
Plans purchased from a magazine? 3/18/2005 4 4.0
Does a good deal on wood windows EXIST??? 3/17/2005 8 4.3
PB Auctions? 3/16/2005 3 4.0
Empire 3/15/2005 1
HVAC 3/14/2005 11
ICF's adapted to custom plans? 3/10/2005 9 3.4
Architect/Res Designer 3/10/2005 4 4.0
materials--tile in shower 3/10/2005 3 3.0
Kitchen design ideas 3/7/2005 3 4.3
Sending out Plans/Blueprints 3/7/2005 8
A Good Turn of Events....?? 3/7/2005 2
Is it OK to change something on plans?? 3/7/2005 5 3.5
Direct vent fireplaces, any bargains? 3/7/2005 1
Avoid This Website 3/3/2005 6 3.0
Cheap Tile web sites 3/2/2005 2
Property Appraisals 3/2/2005 2 3.0
Idea on cost to build in Seattle, WA area 3/1/2005 4 2.8
PEX 3/1/2005 1
Floor joists? 2/28/2005 4
Stick Frame: 2x4 or 2x6 walls? 2/28/2005 4
Flipping a plan 2/27/2005 4 3.7
Engineered floor trusses?? 2/27/2005 4
Best way to learn to read grading plans? 2/25/2005 1
New and a little unsure 2/24/2005 4
Lower costs by NOT getting SCAMMED! 2/23/2005 1
Why must you own the land free and clear? 2/22/2005 5 4.5
Hiring an independent building inspector? 2/22/2005 4 3.2
Help for a newbie? 2/22/2005 1
Bridge Loan Option... 2/22/2005 1 3.0
Specification / Material Lists 2/21/2005 2 2.5
Direct Buy, Is this horse dead yet? Simple..... 2/17/2005 3 4.0
James Hardie raising prices 2/13/2005 11 3.1
Soil Bearing Report 2/11/2005 13 3.6
Experience with veneer stone? 2/11/2005 10 4.1
Well water 2/10/2005 4 3.8
Obtaining business license 2/9/2005 3
flipside planning and engineers 2/8/2005 2
How do I get a great deal on trusses? 2/7/2005 3
UBuildIt 2/6/2005 27 4.0
Looks like they won't let us build on our property 2/5/2005 14
"detailed landscaping plan" 2/2/2005 7 4.3
Stick Framing vs. Trusses 2/1/2005 13 3.0
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House Type vs. Build Difficulty 1/31/2005 2 3.7
New Guy 1/31/2005 12 4.5
8/12 vs. 12/12 cost difference 1/30/2005 9 4.0
ICF Financing 1/29/2005 2
Free help for Roofing and Heating 1/29/2005 1
Home Depot "Contractor Appreciation Days" 1/25/2005 11
Where to get logs for log home? 1/25/2005 2 3.0
Hardwood Plank Flooring 4" + 1/25/2005 2 3.0
What's next? 1/25/2005 5
One-hour fire rating on recessed cans 1/25/2005 5
Discrepancies in quantities with 2 lumber bids 1/24/2005 4
Looking for bids 1/24/2005 5 3.0
ICF's on eBay 1/21/2005 1
Time for an update: 1/19/2005 1 3.0
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Material List for Lumber 1/13/2005 4 3.0
TO S incorporate or LLC 1/11/2005 5
Partnerships 1/10/2005 3
Lighting bargains 1/9/2005 5
ICF vs. masonry blocks 1/9/2005 7 4.3
Discover Card cash back 1/8/2005 5 4.3
HVAC Suggestions 1/7/2005 16 4.5
Replacement Windows 1/6/2005 1 3.0
Spreadsheet? 1/5/2005 4
Purchasing plans online 1/3/2005 14
CONSTRUCTION LOANS 12/31/2004 2
Granite wholesale supplier 12/30/2004 2
Stucco Pricing 12/14/2004 5
Lumber Liquidators for Hardwood Flooring? 12/8/2004 7 3.7
Suggestions on where to shop? 12/6/2004 6
Lighting specials 12/6/2004 4
Absolutely shocked! 12/5/2004 15
Garage doors/Flush-mounted/Disappearing walls 12/2/2004 2
Construction Loans w/ low Credit Scores 11/30/2004 2
Here we go! 11/26/2004 13
Bidding Out-Include Supplies? 11/18/2004 7
How to save 20% at Home Depot, Lowe's, and Sears 11/17/2004 4 4.7
Paying Unlicensed Subs 11/17/2004 6 4.5
Neighborhood Networking 11/8/2004 1 5.0
Kohler Factory 11/4/2004 3
Shingles - Bargain Price? 10/30/2004 4
Huge Retaining Wall Options 10/22/2004 9
Getting subs to compete 10/21/2004 7
Saving on Material 10/6/2004 5 4.4
Stair Parts? 9/30/2004 2
Using Software to Save $$ on House Plans 9/25/2004 6 4.7
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Tech Block 5/26/2004 3 4.0
ReStore bargain materials 5/17/2004 6 4.8
Help Me Locate Websites of Panelized Companies 4/21/2004 5
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Polished Cement Floors 2/19/2004 3
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Extras thrown in... 11/15/2003 1
Sheathing inside walls? 8/4/2003 4
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