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The learning should never stop. When you think you know it all, watch out, because, soon you are going to get your butt handed to you. I think in order to consider yourself a professional (in any trade) you should always be a student . Always willing to listen and learn from others. And to sharpen the skills that you already have. Many times I have seen people left out because they were not willing to change, overcome or adapted to certain situations in there lives.
I have worked in homes from the late 1800's early 1900's. I am still amazed at the skill level of the carpenters back then. No power tools, all hand made. With tight miters, tight seams you can't even see. Meanwhile carpenters today are using a thousand dollar miter saw with air nailers and still cannot make a simple 90 degree miter. Makes you wonder!!
Sounds great. Now if I can only get the roofers to use the step flashing in the first place. To many times I have seen the roofers install the 30 lb. felt (ok) and then install the ice shield on the roof and then up the side wall (great). And then nothing, the siding goes on next. What? I say, no step flashing.? The roofer will say. No, that's what the ice shield is for.
I don't know but am I missing something? I don't get it.
With all this bs about contractors being licensed, there should be some basic testing in their field of trade. At least they should have a basic knowledge and understand of the job that they will be performing.
Please.............really............... illegal. Give me a break, don't give big bro any more ideas. Sometimes when you say things it comes true. So you better watch out for what you say. I am not going to repeat what Amish and Mark said. Which by the way is dead on. But, I thought this was Fine Homebuilding. You know, to build things nice, how to repair things to work better. I didn't think it was about how to impose more restrictions in our lives.
You want to make suggestions on how to make that crawl space work better, be my guest. But, stop with the suggestions of more laws and regulations. If it wasn't your intentions it sure came out that way. Maybe we are a little more sensitive with more laws coming out of the EPA.
I am all for working clean and cautious. I have always vacuumed during and after the project is completed. I didn't need for it to become a law. To be punished with a fine and potentially put out of business for not filling out a form or leaving a paint chip under a radiator or something. It is very frustrating to work and to keep compliant. I am trying to understand the whole punishment side of the regulation. I understand that with breaking of a law that there is punishment. But, where does the money go ? Most contractors that I know of are small 1-10 man operations. A $37,000. fine will put them out of business. So whats the point ? Does that money go back into the community, does it create jobs for the local people ? How does fining a company help?
There was a county near by that was fined 1.2 mil by the epa for a sewage problem a few years back. Today that same county is nearly bankrupt, the problem still persist and the epa has 1.2 mil. This has to stop. This doesn't make any sense. It is doing more harm then good. It may look good on paper, and the "intentions" are meaningful and understood. But, the repercussions are just now coming in view. And it does not look good for the local contractors or home owners.
The post work dust wipe test will not" prevent" a client from suing a contractor. Nothing will "prevent" a lawsuit from being filed. I don't understand how this brings peace of mind to a contractor. The contractor will still be dragged into court, guilty before proven innocent. He/she will still need to be represented to prove that all and I do mean all of the requirements was followed. It is still left to the judge or jury to decide the outcome.
This is just another hoop for the contractor to jump though. Another item that can be analyzed by the suits to find a mistake. If anything, this gives a false sense of security ,but in the end, it's the contractor who is held responsible. I hope that this doesn't go into affect. But, like I mentioned before, I am out of the pre 78's. And for those of you that choose to be in, God bless you, and prosper.
Open your eyes and wake up already. Government has stepped in or should I say stepped on (us) for a loooooong time now.. It's the Gov.. lousy foreign policies over the past 30 yrs and its anti free trade practices including policies that aloud our manufacturing and industry to shift over seas. Crappy monitory policies which brought us to the point where we are today. I see that the Gov.. is setting all of us up to fail. Weather by design or by pure incompetence it is here.
I can see that within 10 to 20 years, if nothing changes, the american dream that everyone loves to talk about will be just that.............a dream. It will be unattainable for the majority of the population to afford to buy, maintain and live in todays homes, without a major compromise In size and restrictions. Thanks to our wonderful caring politician who are slowly and surly taking what made this country great and gutting it. JMO
Here's my 2 cents. Yes, thing certainly change, nothing last forever. When I built my house in the mid 90's., I was younger, with less aches and pains, and had more money in my pocket. Work was abundant, so why not build and I guess I built big according to this article. Things where cheaper back then, now close to 20 years later the property tax more then doubled, heat oil has quadrupled and I am less motivated to take care of this house. I am not earning nearly has much as I did in the 90's. And everything in life has become extremely more expensive.
Why did I just say all those things? Because going green or becoming one with the earth has nothing to do with the following statement.
I would love to move into a small lot with a 1300sq ft house with the most energy efficient everything. Perhaps all solar power, maybe off the grid if possible. Just so I can turn around and give the finger to all the utility company's. And maybe write a check for property taxes without a comma.
Perhaps the young ones reading these comments will make better choices for their future.
After a year plus of these regulations in place. I tried, I am certified and my firm is certified. I tried but, I am now close to deciding that I will not do work on pre 78's. It has nothing to do with money and yes, it cost a lot for the supplies and for the time to preform the task needed to comply. It has nothing to do with the paper work. I have done four small to mid size projects. I kept all the paper work up to date and coupled with the regulations. Of a matter of fact, the paperwork was the easy part.
It has everything to do with this cloud of uncertainness floating over my head every second of every minute of every hour that I am doing the work.
Did I cover the outlet?
Did I tape the plastic enough?
Did I put enough plastic down, what if a big gust of wind comes?
Will The epa come by and find something wrong?
Will my client get sick, even if I do everything right?
Will I get sued three years from now?
These questions and a thousand more are streaming though my head while I am working. To the point that I am more concerned about the lead then the quality of my work. The epa has the contractor on the hook and being liable for 60 years plus, of neglect by the very agency responsible for this mess in the first place.
I am just saying, Yes work smart and clean. Be aware that lead is no good for anyone. But WHY HOLD THE CONTRACTOR responsible. I guess I just don't have the stomach for this type of stress. I can run 3 crews, several jobs at once, millions of dollars in renovation jobs (not lately) thats no problem. But, being fined because no one noticed the warning signs blew away. Or being sued that the three old of your client just got sick because I was the last contractor to work on their home. I am sorry, I think I am out. I guess this is what the epa wants. Make it so threatening to contractors to work on pre 78's. That no one will want to touch one. So all the lead stays where it is and the industry falls apart. Did any of you pencil pushers figure out that maybe part of the reason why the construction industry is failing is because of these regulations.
Hey 316, the plans call out for a block foundation 42" below grade. So, between excavation, footings, block, backfill, and slab. That was 8 days. I framed with roof, siding and windows in another 3 days. So, by the third week everyone was happy until the owner pulls his car in. You know, if it wasn't for the fact that it was my job, it was almost laughable. But it wasn't. The architect doesn't have anything to say, the owner is pissed, and I'm left with a 3K outstanding balance.
On a personal note: But staying with the ethical issue. I was handed a set of plans to build a 10X16 one car garage. Plans were drawn by an architect, approved by the town, permit issued and contract signed. So, I constructed the garage as per plan and contract. Turns out that the clients car doesn't fit. Who's to blame, and who should have "within reason" done what.
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