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Monday, September 10, 2012

Do not use MoneyPak to Purchase Supplies for your Shed

I know I am off topic on my sheds, but I came across a rather frustrating subject that frustrated both me and my customer. We wanted to do a simple instant transfer of funds from my paypal account to his, so we decided to try something called moneypak and this is our miserable story.
On the 7th of September I ordered a simple money pack card that is shown in the photo below. I deposited money on this card at a Walgreens, activated it through their phone service, and planned on depositing money onto my paypal account.
When I attempted to deposit money on my paypal account with MoneyPak, my card was not accepted due to insufficient funds, but there was over $350 in the account.
I called moneypak to try and resolve the issue, but non of the representative spoke good English, which means the company is outsourcing American jobs, plus I talked to over 3-5 representatives that could not resolve my concern about simply depositing this money into paypal.
What concerns me about dangerous companies like these are enteracting with companies we more commonly use such as paypal and paypal actually trusts them.
I would like to list the issues that I faced with this company that will probably will never be resolved, because I already sent an email to them about this issue, but they still have not resolved it.
- Nobody speaks good english
- Non of them resolved my concern and told me to use the VISA which I did not order. Now I have to wait 14 days for this stinking VISA card when the original card I purchased was suppose to be used for paypal.
- You will have to wait on average 10-16 minutes to speak to a representative
- Nobody even knows how deposit money in these cards at walgreens because the walgreens associates took about 5-10 minutes to figure it out.
- When the representatives cannot figure out the issue, they give up and tell you to talk to paypal, which is stupid because paypal is not MoneyPak.
- Finally if you don't believe me that my card is not a VISA, let us compare the photos of the card I bought and the card that suppose to be accepted on PayPal.

 If this looks like a VISA, than something may be wrong with you. MoneyPak, you suck.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

How big should your dog house shed be?

Building a dog house shed can be simple or complex, depending on the style of a dog house that you want. Building your dog house should be at least 3 times the size of your dog in order to make him or her live comfortably.
How big should a dog house be.


You must also take into consideration what else may be taking up room in your dog house such as dog pads or blankets, doggy bowls for food, or even dog toys.
Once you calculate the excess materials needed to place in the dog house, then calculate how much extra room is needed to make your dog house 3 times the size of your actual dog.
One last pointer for making space in a dog house is the roof. Two reasons why you want the roof bigger is that you want enough room for the dog to sit, plus if you have a little heater, you can mount it in the peak of the roof while still giving the dog room to sit up.
Hope this helps you out, if you need more ideas on building a dog house, you can visit my website at www.uppervalleybuilders.biz.

Thanks

Mike

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Why own a small playhouse?

When owning a small playhouse that has small enough dimensions to fit into a corner of a room. The following playhouse shown below is a 3ftx3.5ft playhouse that can be placed inside and outside.
Many wonder why you want to do this. Well once winter season comes, your children may want to still play in their playhouse, but it may be too cold for them to play outside. That is why you can have the opportunity to get a simple playhouse inside and outside.
Here are some pointers what is needed to make this a great playhouse for your kids:
- If it is made out of wood, make sure it is sanded well to prevent slivers
- To prevent slivers have smooth laminate flooring and smooth factory made interior sheathing.
- Roofing may be made of shingles but not recommended if playhouse is always inside.
- You can insulate it but not recommended if your child is not going to sleep in it at night.
- Make sure the foundation is treated if it is going to be outside.

There are many things to look out for to have a playhouse inside or outside. Let me know if you have any questions, or feel free to check out my website to see all playhouse models at www.uppervalleybuilders.biz.


Monday, September 3, 2012

How to Calculate Material List for Shed

Every shed is different so I have rounded up some calculation you can use to figure how much materials are needed to build your shed. When looking at these calculations, I have also added in a 10% waste factor.

Foundation Calculations:
- Floor Joists 16" o.c: Length x 12 / 16 + 1 (Roundup) = ?
- This does not include the rim joists needed. But just add two rim joists according to sheds length.
- Floor Sheathing:  Length x Width / 32 (Roundup) = ?

Wall Calculations:
- Amount of Studs: Length + Length + Width + Width x 12 / 16 = ? x .1 + Last Answer = ?
- Amount of 4x8 Siding for 8' Wall: Length + Length + Width + Width / 4 = ?
- Top and Bottom Plates: You will need three 2x4's for each side according to each sides length.

Roof Calculations:
Each truss is different, but this calculation will have 3 2x4's needed for a typical truss.
- Truss Calculation: Length x 12 / 16 + 3 x 2 = ?
- Roof 4x8 Sheet Calculation: Truss Width from fascia to peak x Length of Shed x 2 / 32 = ?
- Shingle Calculation: Truss Width from fascia to peak x Length of Shed x 2 / 30 = ?  x .1 + Last Answer = ?
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Well these are pretty typical calculations for the standard features needed on the shed, let me know if you have any questions concerning help with your shed building experience.
You may also visit my website at www.uppervalleybuilders.biz to get my easy to read shed plans that have a wide variety of shed sizes to choose from.



Saturday, September 1, 2012

How to save 10% or more on building your Shed

When building a shed most or all people are always looking for a way to save as much money as possible on their shed building materials. So here are a few pointers on how yo save some money on your shed materials.
Here is a list of resources to save money on your shed:
- Go to Lowe's and if you have a free account from them, you can automatically save 5% off on your order.
- Home depot offers you a variety of discounts on your order if you have a home depot card, but without a home depot card, you can save anywhere from 8-12% off on materials on orders of $2,500 or more.
- There is a place called "Restore" from Habitat for Humanity, they salvage paint, cabinets, carpet, laminate flooring, and other materials and selling these products for a fraction of the cost of other building materials. Whatever they have in stock will vary.
- Craigslist or other Community ads. If you look at these ad resources many people sell extra materials from remodeling their homes, or other commercial construction companies may advertize selling extra materials left form a job.
- Finally look at local sales from lumber stores that may be selling lumber that may be overstocked, damaged, or anything else.
Hope this helps, if you are also looking for plans that are needed build a shed, we offer a wide variety of shed plans that are available.
You can visit our website at www.uppervalleybuilders.biz.


Friday, August 31, 2012

What to avoid when purchasing a shed?

The biggest problem that my customers encounter with contractors is honesty. It saddens me that contractors rather stab their customer in the back with unexpected fees, features that they say are not included and should have been in included on the job, or do not finish the job and run with the money.
Here are some pointers that I would recommend you to lookout for when hiring a contractor to build your shed or any other project in at your home.
- Have a signed contract between both parties with exchanged information such as name address, contractor license number and etc. Make sure both you and contractor have a copy before job begins.
- Make sure the contract shows the bid cost and final cost unless you add changes to the job which may require a change order.
- If contractor wishes to raise the bid substantially, do not pay him unless their is a reason for you to pay him more if you have added more unexpected features to your job without a change order.
- If a contractor says a permit may not be required to have a permit for a job, make sure there is permit required by simply calling the city building department to avoid penalties for not having a permit.
- Finally check your contractors reputation. Ask him for references on past work that he has done and visit some of his customers for feedback on his work.
Following these steps will not only get the job done right, but will save you a ton of money in the long run. If you wish to find reliable work that is needed for your home, feel free to contract me or visit my website at www.uppervalleybuilders.biz.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

How to build a $50 Chicken Coop?

Many or most of my customers are on a very low budge and are seeking for an affordable chicken coop that can hold a few chickens to help them get started.
I have built a chicken coop on a very low budget that makes it look appealing and effective.
1 sheet of smart siding: $22
4 2x4x8 studs ripped in half: $8
Chicken Wire: $10
4x8 OSB: $7.50
Floor Mat Stripping for Ridge Cap: $2
The tools I use are a staple gun, screw gun, hammer, and a saw. For an experienced builder like me, it only took about 2 hours to make it, for an inexperienced builder, it would take about 4-5 hours possibly. 
The main structure is 3ftx3ft and the run is 1.5ft away from the structure and the structure is about 2.5 feet high. 
It will take some work, but it can be built. 

Good Luck.




How to Deal with Inspectors When Building a Shed

If there is one thing I would recommend you to do to deal with city inspectors involving your shed is to be their best friend. I have dealt with some pretty picky inspectors and the best thing I have learned is as long as you do everything he says and to keep a smile on his face, you are good to go.
I hear that Las Vegas inspectors are one of the hardest inspectors in the US to pass inspections due to lawsuits that have been made to so many contractors for not finishing every detail on the blueprints.
I was building a structure for a customer in Vegas with railing and the blueprints specified that the railing needed to be redwood and not pine, but the customer wanted to change the railing to pine. Because of this minor change in detail, I failed inspection due to not following the blueprints.
What I am getting at here is that as long as your sheds plans are approved by the city and that you follow every detail shown, you will not fail inspection. Plus as long as you keep the inspector happy, he may give you some pointers to help you with your building process.
Hope this helps, but I know how nerve racking it can be but building sheds may not be as hard as it seems as long as you can build it exactly as it is planned.
If you need shed plans or kits, you can view them on my website at www.uppervalleybuilders.biz.

Thanks

Mike

925-324-8461

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

How to build a shed with no experience?

I know if may seem nerve racking to try and figure out how to build something that may seem simple, but for some people it may be a huge obsticle.
When a framer first frames a house, he will need to start just like anyone else. They will have to learn how to use a hammer properly, how to measure, and how to cut.
So you are not alone and building a shed will take time, but it will be rewarding. So let me give you a bunch of steps on how to start building a shed yourself.
When I first taught myself how to build I actually started with youtube. Yes that is right I with no building experience jumped on the computer and watched dozens of videos on YouTube teaching how to frame a wall, how to read blue prints, how to do drywall, and etc.
I am more of a visual person became pretty good at learning to build from these simple videos that I am now owning a shed building company.
If you are more of a hands on person, you can go to free seminars at places like home depot. They generally have classes every weekend teaching how to do every day projects around the house. They generally have a bulletin telling the times of their free classes.
Next find a friend that is a builder and see if he would have time to help you build your shed and teach you his professional skills on how to properly build a shed.
Finally I would also recommend checking into any type of literature. Yes just google search the skill you would like to learn and there is millions of resources to help you with your project.
It may sound hard to build a shed, but it does not have to be if you find the right resources to teach you.
I invite you to check out my easy to read guides on how to build  a shed. I make sure my plans do not look like complicating blueprints, but an easy to read guide for any leveled builder.
Visit my site at www.uppervalleybuilders.biz

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Portable Mini Cabin Frame

I have just bought a 26' trailer frame for a portable mini cabin for $275. It is a killer deal because it is a used frame off of another camper trailer. We are going to convert this into a frame that will be strong enough to hold a wooden mobile mini cabin. Updates will be coming in later on this.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Build a 3x3 Chicken Coop for Under $50

Many or most of my customers are on a very low budge and are seeking for an affordable chicken coop that can hold a few chickens to help them get started.
I have built a chicken coop on a very low budget that makes it look appealing and effective.
1 sheet of smart siding: $22
4 2x4x8 studs ripped in half: $8
Chicken Wire: $10
4x8 OSB: $7.50
Floor Mat Stripping for Ridge Cap: $2
The tools I use are a staple gun, screw gun, hammer, and a saw. For an experienced builder like me, it only took about 2 hours to make it, for an inexperienced builder, it would take about 4-5 hours possibly. 
The main structure is 3ftx3ft and the run is 1.5ft away from the structure and the structure is about 2.5 feet high. 
It will take some work, but it can be built. 

Good Luck.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Love Seat Adirondack Chair

My wife and I don't ever want to separate ourselves when it comes to chairs or anything else. That is why I built an Adirondack Chair as a love seat so we can both fit on it. We can also put some padding on it pull it next to our fire pit, and have a relaxing evening together.
 
If an Adirondack Love Seat is what you want I can modify this chair become wider or thinner. Once you are in this chair with your sweetheart, you will not want to be in any other outdoor chair.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

How to Maintain a Compose Bin

I just built this compose bin that is ready to gather all the compose I need to maintain my garden. I thought I might give some pointers on how to maintain a compose bin and what to put in it.

The fist type of ingredient we need is Greens. Greens can be anything from vegetable scraps, grass clippings, weeds, animal manure, and egg shells.
The other type of ingredient is Browns. This includes shredded newspapers, cardboard toilet paper tubes, twigs, and sawdust.
Sometimes people just expect to use just grass, leaves, and other yard compose. That is good and all, but if you are lacking those resources and if you are bid into recycling, than these materials will help you big time. 
How to mix Greens and Browns? The average garden produces more greens and browns. This will take time and discipline, but when it is done right, you will have a very healthy garden.
The first thing you need to make sure you maintain is turning your compose weekly. Every week get out there and turn the compose so you can add aeration and mix the content more.
The next thing to do is to make sure that you are balancing the moisture content. If the pile is too wet, don't ad as many greens, but add shredded newspapers or fall leaves and mix as you go. If moisture continues to me an issue, cover the pile with a tarp.
If the pile is too dry, just give it a spray with a hose until it is moist enough. It is best to mix the contents as you spray with water.
If you think you may be adding too much compose to your garden, you are not. Gardens love compose and make as much as you like.
Hope this information helps and feel free to click on my compose bid photo to see it's details on my website.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

How Many Square Feet Per Chicken for a Chicken Coop

I have seen this question come around quite a bit, so I am going to write this up really quick. You should have a minimum of 2 square feet per chicken in your coop.
So that means that if you have a 4x4 chicken coop such as this one shown, you can have up to 8 chickens.
Also be aware that you need to also have perches for your chickens. The perches are pieces of wood that are mounted about 6 inches off  the ground so the chickens can perch on it. The more perches you have the more chickens you can store.
Here is a second photo showing my perches.
Good Luck on Your Coops Building Experience



Monday, June 18, 2012

Chicken Coop Materials

Studs: It depends on what size of a coop you are building. If you plan to build larger than a 4x4 coop, than I would recommend building with 2x4's. But if it is smaller than that, you can build with 2x2s.

Siding: I always use smart siding, the type of siding that is always used on sheds. This siding is engineered to be used on homes and other structures so it is tough and durable.

Roof Sheathing: I use 7/16 osb which is a standard grade I use on my sheds. Especially for a coop, you will have not problems with snow load.

Roofing: Either use galvanized metal roofing and 30 year shingles. Either of these will work great, but metal roofing will last you a heck of a lot longer than shingles.

Chicken run: I used treated lumber as my studs and rafters due to the moisture exposure that it will have and i like to add a roof to the chicken run with 7/16 osb and metal roofing. It would not hurt to make sure you use 2x4 rafters to hold the weight of the chicken feeders as well.

Chicken Perches: I use 2x2 pine wood for the perches which will be more than enough support to hold a chicken as long as it is less than 3 feet long. If any longer, I would recommend 2x4's.
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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Vintage Style Wooden Toys

We have decided to start building vintage style wooded toys. We have found that vintage toys are more likely to last longer than the average toy that is built today.
That is why we have started building our vintage style toys out of solid wood so it will last longer than the new toys you buy today.
What is nice about vintage toys is that they are simple, solid, and not as noisy compared to other toys. So this has been a huge plus for many parents. I welcome you to view these toys on my site.

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Monday, June 4, 2012

What Does Your Chicken Coop Need

There are a variety of features that are required to make a productive chicken coop.
The first thing that you will need is a structure that will have 2 square feet per chicken available. Such as a 4'x4' coop can hold 8 chickens.
The next thing needed will be your nesting boxes. You will not need 8 nesting boxes for 8 chickens, but sometimes those 8 chickens will fight over 2 or 3 nesting boxes. About 4 nesting boxes would be enough for your chickens.
You will then need some perches so your chickens can have a place to hang out or sleep. I hear these perches should be 6 to 8 inches apart so so it is easy for them to climb up the perch. The higher the perch the more your chickens will enjoy it.
Next is an easy access door for you to easily access the coop and maintain anything needed to work with your chickens. Sometimes it is best to have the door open up one whole side of the coop to make it really easy to get in.
Now you will need a chicken door that will be roughly 8 inches x 10 inches high. You will want this door to be able to open and close if desired.
What I have just described are minimal requirements to have a standard coop, but if you want to have some additional features to better care for your chickens than here are a few other thoughts.
Build a chicken run that is about 4'x8' long if you are building a 4'x4' coop as I have described before. Building this run will let your chickens run out and enjoy the weather and if your coop is raised off the ground, the chickens can go under you coop so they can be in the shade in the winter.
Hope this information helps and hope you enjoy your chicken coop building experience.
You can visit my website to see all chicken coop models and pricing if you desire to build one of my easy cute coops.
http://www.uppervalleybuilders.biz/Chicken-Coops.html





Thursday, May 31, 2012

We Now Build Custom Wooden Playhouses

We are happy to announce our new 4x8 playhouse that we have built and are ready to take new nationwide orders. I usually build sheds, but I really enjoy putting more and more detail into these cute little custom wooden playhouses.
This playhouse comes with everything needed to give your child some excitement into his life and the life of their friends and family.
This is what our wooden playhouse includes:
- 2' Front Porch
- Hand Crafted Railing
- Custom Shed Windows
- 4 foot loft
- Paint
- Shutters
- Light Fixture

I am so excited to share this new product with our customers and look forward to letting more and more people know what our company can do to have more attraction into their yard.

Here is a little video showing how the wooden playhouse is built.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

How to Build a Shed Window

How to build a shed window. Many wonder how to build a shed window. It is really not all that hard to build one.
All it takes is to have a simple compressor, a staple gun with 1-1/2" staples, 1"x4" pieces of wood and 1/4 inch glass.
Here is a video showing an example on how to build a shed window from scratch.
 
This was a rather large shed window, but you can see that all it takes is a little cutting and pre cutting work. If you have any questions regarding my windows, feel free to contact me.

Thanks

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

How to Get a Free Shed

There is a way to get a free shed, but it takes much time and effort on your part do it. First I must say that you must educate yourself to know how to frame, set shingles, hang a door, and etc.
You can find out how to do this on You Tube. That's right, when I first started my business, I was taught how to do most of my skills through You Tube.
You can also go online and find some free shed plans available that may have minimal information about how a shed is built, but at least you can see the basic concept on how it is built.
Next you need the tools and materials. You can go around the neighborhood to neighbors and friends you know and see if they have any tools you can borrow to build your shed. Or check your garage to see if you have any tools useful to start building your shed.
Finally how can you get the materials. Well there are lumber mills, hardware stores, or local ads of people who may be giving away scrap wood, paint, or shingles. You may need to make some calls to these places to see if they have this scrap lumber. Most of the time, they may tell you that you will have to dumpster dive to dig through their dumpster for any reasonable types of lumber.
It takes a lot of work on your part, but if you consistently look for building materials that people don't want, and gather enough for your shed, then you have just got yourself a free shed.