Michigan City, IN, US
I'm just a guy who's into learning new tips and methods on how to reengineer homes. I started out learning how to build cars and make them faster and stronger. Now, I'm getting into home repair and rebuilding. More than that, I'm getting really involved in learning the "science" of residential structure!!
I've been doing a bit of reading on Joseph Lstiburek's forensic engineering philosophy on building residential structures for strength, economics, and moisture control. Interestingly enough, I'm having to go back and literally redo a lot that I paid contractors to do because they seem to ignore science and build the way they were taught... 30+ years ago. It's a learning thing, but there is some serious satisfaction in doing it myself and knowing it's done right. Much like anything else, your contractor should be able to explain some of the science behind why he or she is doing it the way they're doing it. You'll come to see that many folks out there just don't know what they're talking about and are unable to support their assumptions with science.
One thing that I'm learning more and more is that you should take the time (weeks or months if need be) to plan your projects and try to account for conditions that will hamper, impede, or otherwise drive your mad (codes, material availability and cost, storage of materials, work space, time, etc.) BEFORE you spend a single dollar or pick up a tool. You'd be amazed at how things change (for the better) and how smoothly (relatively) your project goes.
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