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Old 01-16-2005, 01:34 AM
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That is the exact reason why I worked construction building new high end houses...I wanted to learn how to build correctly. Anyone can build something, but to do it right is another story. I added an addition onto the back of my house 3 years ago, it took me a couple of hours to frame, sheet and stand the walls. I had the entire room enclosed and under roof within 2 days.
I would say that after the concrete work is done, I could have a garage built in less than a week. There is a lot of hints,tips, and shortcuts to make building easier on yourself.
If you need any help or pointers, shoot me a PM and I will do the best that I can to help out.

On a side note, you are pretty lucky to even get a contractor to actually show up to give you an estimate. Most of the time they either A) don't even show up for the estimate or B) give you an estimate but never show to do the work or C) Price gouge, do shoddy work and take about 10x longer to finish than what they say.

I would looooove to get into a business of my own building garages and sheds only. If I could figure out how to go about starting it, I'd be in like Flynn.

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The last garage that I built of my own took 30 days from the day I got the permit until the final inspection. That was including the electric, and all done by myself, except that I had a friend help me put the last sheet of plywood on the roof.

I have someone lined up to do the concrete for me. He says that it will be 2 to 3 weeks before he can do it, but the temp has to be aleast 34 deg. I had hoped to have this done before now to avoid the temp problems.

They have made a few changes to the building codes in the last few years. Mainly in the area of storm strengthening, like anchor bolts and nailing sheeting. Nothing to justify the high costs that the contractors are quoting. Once the concrete work is done, it should take me about 2-3 days to get it weather tight, except for the shingles. I have a brother that said that he would take care of them.

If I was about 20 years younger, I would start a business building garages. I could build them for 1/2 the cost that these people are quoting and still make big bucks.
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Old 01-23-2005, 12:51 AM
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Re: Wrong career

Don't forget advertising ( I pay 700+/mth) Insurance ( $107/mth) vehicle costs, office expenses, workmans comp ( I have paid up to $12.60/hr for each hour an employee works ) .

You can make a good living but it is not free $$.
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Spring for trusses, they save a lot of work, time, and are stronger than site built rafters. Be sure to tell the guy you are ordering from that you want to put a ceiling under them. If there is an option like 25 Lb per sq. ft, vs 30 lb/sq ft, go for the heavy ones, the difference is only a couple bucks each, I do mean like $2 or $3.
When you put the decking on, use twist shank nails--they just plain do not back out--period. A tornado came and lifted my roof off in one piece. Hired a crane to come and put it back on after I built new walls.
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