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By Mike & Carolyn in Smithville, MO on 1/13/2007


Hello, I have have many books on being your own contractor/builder but am looking for something that simply lays things out in terms of what comes first, second etc.  Yes, I know this would be a very long list.  I have a high level understanding of some of the steps I need to get scheduled but have concerns over who comes first and second.  Does such a list simply laying out the order the trades work in exist? 

Specifically right now (since I am in the very early stages and have not broke ground)  my concern is regarding the plumbing.  Does the plumber need to do anything before the concrete walls go in?  I am aware that they need to be there before the concrete floors (what I now know is flatwork) to plumb the drains and some other things but did not know if the main water line would go through...or under the walls.  Or should I just ask the plumbers?


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By Kenneth in Lees Summit, MO on 1/15/2007


Carolyn,

There is no specific list of order, as this is highly variable and also many trades can be there at the same time.  In fact, the order is variable and doesn't have to be sequential.

As to your plumber being there before the concrete walls, I would say yes maybe.  You need to get water from outside the house to inside the house, and DWV (drain, waste, vent) from inside the house to outside the house.  If you know where they would wish to do this, you can simply have your concrete guys install sleeves for the plumber.  Now I would suggest that any sleeve in the concrete walls below grade level is a potential leak, so would recommend installing your water line under your footer, and your drain line should go under the footer simply be best practice anyway.

Another thing to think about with the plumber, is whether or not they have their own backhoe (some of them do).  If not, your excavator is already out there to excavate for footers, you might have them go ahead and excavate for water lines and drain lines and save them a trip.  However if you miss this opportunity this can always be done later too.


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