In construction, we start by digging a hole to pour our foundation. Once the hole is big enough, you put re-bar in to make the foundation even stronger and bond together. The cement truck says it will be there at 1:00 PM, so you are making sure you computed your "rise and run" properly for your steps. You then pour concrete into the hole and start to smooth your foundation out using a "bull-float". This is a grueling and extensive process to do by yourself or with a few people, but hard work tends to look a lot like success in the end.
The Frame Work
I am sure I am going to miss some steps but the picture will be painted more visibly in more modern day football terms in a minute. Putting up the frame work is just that, your piecing together 2x4's and other cut wood and building your way up! You than our able to run your ELECTRIC AND PLUMBING.
The Electric and Plumbing
I have ran wire, but would normally sub-contract that out due to the unknown potential of electrocuting myself. Though installing (NEW/rough) plumbing was always fun to me, it was like a big puzzle that easily linked together and water ran through it! Sounds like Mario and Luigi until you end up "gutting" out beach houses down the jersey shore and poop busts all over your face in a very tight space in the floor. Being covered in excrament kinda changed my perspective on working smarter and not as dirty in life. If all goes right, you will be flushing toilets, doing dishes, washing laundry and watering your lawn in no time!
The interior Design
Well, I missed the sheet rock, I think carrying this stuff is what made me an outstanding linebacker, but we will get into that another day. I also looked like a ghost half of the time or some sort of extremely white creature from another planet when covered in this stuff. It also made me sneeze quite often, but as I said, if you wanna be a great linebacker go pick up panels of sheet-rock and/or toss FULL trusses up to your 5'6 father who you believe might fall off the roof. I guess when your life is at risk, certain instincts kick in or they don't and you're--well--dead and gone. I hate laying and tearing up carpet when these dumb-asses put too many staples in the carpet. It's not going anywhere, it's being stepped on. I could do a novel on laying Tile, as you must make precise cuts using a "wet saw" and use exact calculations to ensure your overall quality.
Putting a roof on a house is not an easy task, as I had to work for some of the most knuckle-head roofing contractors of all-time. Maybe they were considered decent in their area in ONE expertise, but I watched the G.O.A.T. Dave Trout do it all, no one even came close. I remember people bothering him, but they were never unsatisfied when the job was complete and usually paid a very high rate for the top end work he did. But tossing those dag gum trusses up to him, built my shoulders into actual concrete, along with carrying "TONS" of busted up concrete. Do I miss it, no. Did I learn something everyday and not even realize it until much further down the road, YES! Carrying bundle, after bundle of shingles cut my skin, hardened my soul in 100 degree weather and turned my legs into actual jackhammers themselves. Now that your roof is on, it's time to BUILD A LIFE in that home.
Whats your Foundation?
The frame work to the next level
What are you wired for? Is your plumbing running down the right drain?
Merf Trout - Owner Scout Trout Elite LLC