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Build Your Own Home, Issue #018, Do You Have What it Takes to Build Your Own Home?
April 06, 2006
Do I have what it takes to Build My Own Home?
I get hundreds of emails every month and a large number of them are people who are questioning their qualifications to build a home. It is very wise to really consider what is involved in building your home as the Owner Builder. The focus of this newsletter will be what it really takes to build your own home, and how do you know you have the right stuff… so to speak.
So what do I consider the right stuff for home building?
Oh, yes it may help you having knowledge of home building and if you are an engineer you will know more about reading drawings (plans).
But, what do you really need to be your own builder?
Let me sum up:
If your are in a rural setting here is a tip for youI want to share one last thing. I know many of you have built you home in a rural area or will be doing so. One thing that is always a challenge in a rural setting is high speed Internet (broadband Internet).
When we first built our home I installed a one-way broadband satellite Internet system. It was relatively cheap and ran about 50 dollars a month. At the time it was the only thing that was available that was reasonable. We have no DSL or Cable, just dialup Internet out here.
The company that owned the one-way satellite service was sold first to one company, and then another and became so unreliable and slow that I had to find an alternative. You see I telecommute from home at least 2 days a week because it is so far to my office in town. But like everyone else, I need my job to live. Dependable high speed Internet is important to me.
The one way satellite utilized dialup for the uplink portion of the internet (or the request for a page) and satellite for the downlink portion. At the time we purchased the equipment and the service it was by far cheaper than Starband and DirecWay satellite two way service.
To make a long story short, I had no choice but to revisit my options and got a pleasant surprise. Direcway got cheaper and now it can be networked without special software or a stand-alone (dedicated) computer. The new Direcway system has a stand alone modem that you simply plug a ethernet cable into, and you’re in business. All you have to do to share your connection (network) is install a router that is hardwired or wireless. I run both and it is a breeze to maintain. Direcway handles all software updates directly to the modem. It has been great having dependable internet! The only time it is down (which is rare) is in a very heavy downpour of rain. Even then, it’s back up quickly! I am thrilled!
I purchased the system through Allsat on the Internet. They set an appointment and installed the system in a couple of hours. My upload speed runs around 490K and my download runs 760K. This is the average speed measured using speed tests on BroadbandReports.com . If you are interested in the service click the Allsat link and look for the High Speed Intenet button on their home page for more information.
I did not want to go all geeky on you but I have been so pleased that I want to save you some headaches (and money) if you want high-speed satellite Internet. Of course I would encourage you as always to do your research and get the best deal. I just could not find a better one than at Allsat. All the Direcway dealers sell for the same price and monthly fees. I wanted to make sure I went with one that had a good track record.
Oh, one last note. Starband filled bankruptcy a couple of years ago so that is why I shied away from them. I wanted to make sure I did not get left holding the bag again. They also charge more for as system that is capable of networking. I’ve got three people using computers at my house, so simple networking was important to share my internet connection.
Happy Home Building,
George, from Build Your Own Home.
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