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Mar. 16th, 2009 @ 08:55 am

I swear this isn't spam, I just thought this might be helpful to a community such as this one, especially since it hasn't been updated in awhile. I was reading my dad's blog this morning, thinking how cool it is that my dad has a blog, and also thinking about how I was enjoying reading his post about raised slab foundation, even though I'm not very knowledgeable about building at all. Just your average apartment-renter. My dad gets traffic to his blog and website as it is, but since I'm a livejournaler at heart, I thought I might make a syndicated RSS account for his blog and tell some people about it.

The syndicated account is here: buildahouse So you can add that to your friends list.

Or if you prefer another blog reader, his blog url is http://buildorremodelyourownhouse.blogspot.com/

He's a super-knowledgeable guy about homebuilding, cost estimating, and contractors. His main website, http://www.byoh.com, is also really interesting to read and thorough. Everything on it is free, like cost estimating software and eBooks and tons of articles.

Okay, so there's my plug for my dad - Hope someone finds this useful!

Construction Contract Jan. 27th, 2008 @ 12:15 am
I entered into a construction contract back on August 17, 2007 with a contractor.

I asked specifically before signing if clean up was included in the contract and was told "yes, I'll clean up daily and I'll get a dumpster to take away all of the waste."

Here we are, 21 weeks after start date (estimated at 6 weeks) and there's no dumpster and no intentions of getting a dumpster. He swears now that he never said that. I know I should have gotten this in writing but I didn't...silly me. Anyone out there know if I've got a leg to stand on against him?

Hello? Jan. 20th, 2008 @ 04:03 pm
Was wondering if anyone reads this community anymore? I haven't seen a post in ages. Recently made a bed, fixed my "laundry closet", and also am in the process of creating a new reptile "aquarium". Nothing special but wanted to post some pics.

Of course it's a waste of time if no one is out there.

I'm also a carpenter. Anyone want to see retail buildings getting made?

whatever, I'm bored.

Win a DeWalt Heavy-Duty Reciprocating Saw Dec. 11th, 2007 @ 03:37 pm


I'd like to let you know about this New Years Resolution Home Improvement contest:

You just have to write your home improvement resolutions for the new year and you could win a DeWalt Heavy-Duty Reciprocating Saw, variable speed, product #DW303.

It is very easy to enter. No purchase necessary and it is open to US and Canada. Ends January 14, 2008

The contest is here:


Help me get rid of this stuff... Mar. 27th, 2007 @ 02:33 pm
Hi, my husband (an electrician and pack rat extraordinare) has stored in his garage hundreds of 15A and 20A duplex receptacles.  We have over 200 of each color: ivory, grey, and brown.  They are primarily spec grade Pass & Seymour and Hubbel, and not all of them come with mounting screws.  They are all in good used condition and he wants me to post them on eBay.  Now, being that we have so many of them, I suggested I post in here instead to see if anyone needs any larger lots of receptacles for projects (garages, barns, basements, etc).  We would be asking 25 cents for the 15A receptacles and 50 cents for the 20A receptacles.  Shipping would be calculated by weight and location.  We would only charge actual shipping costs - no mark ups.  I'd like to avoid all the eBay work involved and the fees incurred by posting these, so would anyone like to take some off our hands?  If you contact me (cimmerayn@hotmail.com), it would be first-come, first-serve as far as if you'd prefer a particular brand, amperage, and color.  I am pretty quick to respond to emails, and I would ship immediately.  I just want these out of our garage!  Payment by Paypal would be preferred.

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» Cleaning out my husband's garage
My husband is an construction electrician and big DIY guy - he just finished remodeling our whole house and works on flippers from time to time.  Well, he is going through his garage and shop and getting rid of some things that he has no use for anymore.  Instead of just letting him throw them away, I am starting to post them on eEbay to see if anyone else can get good use out of them.   The first set of auctions are posted and I'm sure there will be a lot more stuff over the next few months.  It may take me a while to post all of the stuff, because there is so much of it, also because I am due to have our son in the next few weeks.

The auctions are listed
NOTE to mods: if this is at all inappropriate for this community, please delete this posting and let me know, as I will have other auctions at later dates that I will want to let people know about.  Thanks!

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I am trying to add trim to my hallway, I wanted something substantial so I have cut really hardy good wood at 1 inch thick and about 6 inches wide... so i just dont know how to attach the trim to my drywall. Any suggestions? Screws would be really ugly.. nails wont stick.. glue doesnt seem secure enough, HELP!!
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ok are there any CAD nerds out there???

i need to convert from dwg to plt file in a real bad way. i have no plotter. i do have autocad lite and i downloaded this acme cad file converter thing that doesn't seem to do anything.

my blueprinter charges me 7.50 PER FILE to do it and i have 60 files that update weekly
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So Im in my sophmore year of Civil Engineering and I got an internship with CondonJohnson, a geotechnical company in LA. (I'm in Oregon).
The pay is decent ($680/wk). I'm wondering what everyone thinks I should expect. How did your internships go? What were you expected to know/ do? What kind of questions should I ask before sealing the deal? Thanks!
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today is one of those days when you just don't want to go to work.

i'm about 3 hours late now. Leaving... better late than never i guess.
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