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Old 09-02-2015, 10:21 AM   #1
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Didnt know how much went into building a house, I wont ever build another one....my blood pressure has went through the roof and we are just getting started .....oh well at least it will be everything we want in a house
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gonna be a nice view off the back porch
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Did that once...Never again!!

Nice lot you have and I guess you know that the house will look larger as the walls go up.

Good luck. You will love when it is over.
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Did that once...Never again!!

Nice lot you have and I guess you know that the house will look larger as the walls go up.

Good luck. You will love when it is over.
I sure as hell hope so....I told her,honey we need to build bigger and then my mother said she said the same when her and dad built theirs....
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Looks drafty



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4 ft shallow end 22 ft deep end
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That is the strangest way to pour a footing I have ever seen.

Congrats on the project kickoff
whats strange?
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My last and pretty much only physical altercation as an adult was with my builder... I will never build a semi-custom home again.

10 months past schedule, everything was a fight - daily, builder was late or missing from every meeting, subs would up and walk out on him, he didn't pay his bills, we had leans from the subs to deal with...

At month 22 of the build, we were 98% complete and he wouldn't sign the C.O. without the 100% payout from the bank, the bank wouldn't payout with without a C.O. signed and dated by him - an agreement that is standard in the industry.

He threatened to sue.

I let him know about the 10 months of extra rent/storage/loan interest and misc bills and told him to expect a counter suit.

He stood up and pushed me...

The next week I had a signed C.O., extra finish trim around the entire house and landscape package I didn't ask for - all on him.

Good luck...
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shot grade with laser level, have string stretched on top of footer, pull measurement from string to concrete keep same measurement all the way around (im sure theres more to it than that)....thats how they do it..closest neighbor just had his done the same way
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My last and pretty much only physical altercation as an adult was with my builder... I will never build a semi-custom home again.

10 months past schedule, everything was a fight - daily, builder was late or missing from every meeting, subs would up and walk out on him, he didn't pay his bills, we had leans from the subs to deal with...

At month 22 of the build, we were 98% complete and he wouldn't sign the C.O. without the 100% payout from the bank, the bank wouldn't payout with without a C.O. signed and dated by him - an agreement that is standard in the industry.

He threatened to sue.

I let him know about the 10 months of extra rent/storage/loan interest and misc bills and told him to expect a counter suit.

He stood up and pushed me...

The next week I had a signed C.O., extra finish trim around the entire house and landscape package I didn't ask for - all on him.

Good luck...
I got a guy that does good work and is on-time...every time...should you just so happen to be back in that position again.
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No forms. How the heck do you level the footing? Probably a regional thing, just never seen one done that way.
Looks typical for around here (NC).


How the heck do you level the footing? If concrete is soupy enough...gravity.

I've got a concrete contractor buddy who poured/blocked my garage foundation. I never saw a level come out til block was being laid. Some people have a good eye for level. You do know they put a layer of mortor down as bedding for the block??? If the footing is a 1/4" out of level or has low spots the motor will fill nicely.


Oh yeah, I do remember seeing strings. They were probably shot with a laser. I wasn't out there continuously.
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Always stay ahead of the money game by more than what it would cost to bring someone else in to finish the task and always get waiver of liens
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As an aside, what are you paying for concrete up there? Assuming that is 3,000 PSI?
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we are at 96 a yard
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That's pretty cheap...we are selling it (retail) for $110/yd. Going up another $10 or so Jan 1, 2016
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they sell it for 106, but I have a connection .....they buy alot of groceries from us to feed the employees and I always discount for them.....
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they sell it for 106, but I have a connection .....they buy alot of groceries from us to feed the employees and I always discount for them.....
Ahhh...y'all aren't too far off from us, then. The market is HOT here and prices keep going up.
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Its called a trench footing, They have used this method for years. Your right you dont see it that often in the north.
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Its called a trench footing, They have used this method for years. Your right you dont see it that often in the north.
its how we rednecks gitter done
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For those that said "never again".....is it that you would not build a house again or you would build, but do things differently.

I am not long for building a river house. I have builder I plan to use though he is a bit over year out. Primarily because he only builds a couple at a time and is on the job site everyday with his own crew and minimal subcontracting. I have never heard a bad thing about him.

I have been VERY reluctant to build just to avoid the headache but the property I have is wonderful and I would like to live there (St.Marys river, deep, clean and fresh)
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