5 Great Summer or Dry Season, Do Your Own House Construction Project

5 Great Summer or Dry Season, Do Your Own House Construction Project

Panama finally came out of a very long and rainy rainy season, and North America had a very difficult winter. But spring is near and that means it’s time to start thinking about your summer home repair and construction project.

Every winter, or rainy season depending on where you live, your home is battered by rain, snow, wind and more. Some years are much worse than others. And this means, that when things finally dry out, you are going to have some construction or building projects that you need to deal with.

Home repair comes before new projects. Or at least it should. And the first part of good home repair is a thorough inspection. One you have determined the damage, you can begin to repair it.

1. Roof Repair

There is not a lot of point to fixing a damaged interior if your roof is still leaking. Get up on top and make sure that you have no missing or cracked tiles or shingles. If you have metal roofing, make sure that all seams are still well sealed and in good repair.

2. Fix Stained Ceilings

If your roof did leak through the winter or rainy season it is very likely you will have to repair your ceilings. This could mean removing all dry wall. Or in the case of concrete or plaster, scraping the paint and allowing everything to dry. Once the old damaged material is removed and / or cleaned and dried you can start the repair.

3. Walls

Similar to ceilings, walls will need to be fixed up if any water has gotten in. In the case of walls, water damage is more likely to come from windows than from ceilings. Any damage around the windows could have come from leaks, or it could have come from condensation. Especially in cold and extremely humid locations.

4. Windows and Doors

Windows and doors are meant to keep the outside on the outside. Sometimes during dry season or summer it is easy to ignore your windows and doors because it is dry. But fixing a leak when it is cold or rainy outside is miserable. Deal with it now.

5. Gutters, Downspouts and Standing Water

Dry season or summer is a great time to deal with your gutters and downspouts in preparation for the next wet season downpours or snow. Also you should inspect low lying areas in and around your home for any standing water. Standing water can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes which spread disease like West Nile virus, Malaria and Dengue fever. Here in Panama, you can be fined for standing water because of this threat.

These 5 projects may not be that glamorous, or even fun. But, they are necessary areas that you have to deal with in the dry season. And they should be taken care of before you start working on all the fun summer projects you have planned.

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5 Kit Home Owner-Builder Mistakes

5 Kit Home Owner-Builder Mistakes

The home-builder kit makes many construction mistakes; some minor, some quite large. Kit houses are designed to be built by amateurs, but not all are straight as they seem. Project design, selection and management errors are numerous, but mistakes that often occur to building owners revolve around the basics of construction. Registered are 5 common builder owner home kit mistakes and tips for avoiding them.

Mistake 1: Starting the installation of amateur metal roofing, installing wall plates and dry wall plates.

Tip: These three tasks are usually carried out by experienced professionals. Don’t try them without prior experience or prior technology learning. Upgrade skills in this field first or take out your wallet.

Mistake 2: Forgot to stick to the floor covering.

Tip: Nailing and even screwing the tongue floor and grooves on the raised floor system will not stop the floor squeaking. Apply builder level glue under all sheets to all beams and tighten.

Mistake 3: Have all the concrete pier holes poured all at once.

Tip: A concrete truck will pour 21 pier holes with concrete in one hour. It’s okay if you have 5 helpers, but if not, have a third poured every day. New kit builders have to pay extra and not have a heart attack trying to get every dock set and leveled and concrete finished and vaulted.

Error 4: Failed to dive into a jammed door.

Tip: Interior prefabricated frames arrive pretty well, but when they are pushed up and nailed they can be fine, making the door hang as an experiment. And just because the king’s buttons are vertical, it doesn’t mean the trimmers and lintel trimmers are flat.

Mistake 5: Not enough protectors on the wall frame.

Tip: Solid supports ensure the wall frame stays upright during the roofing process. The weight of the roof truss will easily slide the top plate of the wall frame when it is moved into position and fastened. Use adequate exterior and internal props and don’t remove them until the roof is finished.

For new kit home makers, mistakes are guaranteed. Limiting the impact of lack of experience is the answer, so read and reread the manual, get advice, continue to improve your skills and use professionals with large tasks.… READ MORE

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