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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