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Build Your Own Home, Issue #025, The End of the Home Building Project
August 28, 2007

Before I start with this month's Build Your Own Home Newsletter, I would like to share some exciting news. We now have setup Build Your Own Home with Web 2.0. This allows you to participate in adding your own personal, useful content to Build Your Own Home. 

Why is this so important? This allows YOU the readers of Build Your Own Home to submit web pages automatically and be published on Build Your Own Home. I have received literally hundreds of useful tips from people that I wish I had the time to insert on the site, but now we can do that, automatically!

This is very easy to do.... it is as simple as writing an email, or filling out a form. Most all of us have submitted opinions that are published on websites about products and services and they are automatically published on the site for everyone to read. This is Web 2.0 adding the power of interactive websites that allow YOU to contribute. Quite a few of you have asked me for this.

On several of the pages on Build Your Own Home there are submission forms that automatically allow YOU to add your Home Building experiences so others can benefit from your knowledge. You can also add pictures of your Home Building Projects! How cool is that!

No longer do you have to just listen to George (me) when you go to Build Your Own Home YOU can participate and contribute. This is a very powerful tool for us, the Home Building Revolutionaries, that want to Build Our Own Home.

We now can share our knowledge, experiences, resources and warnings about our home building projects with everyone. We can help each other by sharing more diverse knowledge, and we can all learn more in the process.

Simply go to the pages listed below and you will find a Click Here to share link in the first few paragraphs of whatever page you are on, and  that will take you to the bottom of the page for the submission form. Or, you can just scroll to the bottom and enter your submission.

I encourage you to go to the following pages and contribute:

Build Your Own Home Sitemap

New Home Construction

Home Construction Loans

Building Contractors

Home Building Cost

House Plans

OK.... now that I have shared my exciting news.... letís move on to the topic of our newsletter.

In this month's newsletter I want to take a little time to talk about the end of the Home Building project and a few things to watch out for.

The end of the Home building project is the time when you are anxious to get finished and you may be tempted to cut corners. This often is due to just wanting to get the house done, or the money running low in the budget, or a combination of the two.

The end of your home building project is when you are doing all your finishing work. This is often the most costly part of the project. It is easy to cut corners on some items that will bite you later. Let me give you some examples.

If you are putting in wood flooring and you are given a choice of adhesives to glue the floor to the slab. One has a lifetime warranty and the other doesnít, but is cheaper. It is tempting to go with the cheaper glue, but trust me in the long run it may not be. 

This actually happened to us when we built out home. We used Bruce flooring and also used their glue that has a lifetime warranty. Good thing we did because the glue let go in places and we are going to have to get it re-glued down. They will do it for free.

Another example is Ceramic tile. If you are putting down tile carefully consider what type of thin set you use. If you are installing your tile over a concrete floor consider using a thin set that is designed for the concrete to crack and not crack your tile. Concrete slabs develop small cracks over time these cracks transmit right thru your tile and they crack with the concrete slab. You can also use a membrane or a paint on product to put on top of the slab before putting down the tile. 

Most builders donít consider this because they know the cracks donít show up for several years. Then the problems are yours.

Make sure you use a concrete backer board in your showers. It is common practices to use greenboard (green sheetrock) in the bathrooms and in any wet areas. Please donít do this! A few years down the road you will regret it. If you have any leak at all in your shower (and you will over time) it will penetrate and soak the greenboard and you will have mold and the tile will let go from the wall over time. This is a costly mess. I was sent a sad e-mail about this.

It is also common practices to use greenboard under porches for the ceiling. Same rules here. Over time (especially in the south where the humidity is high) it will start to deform and let go. Use Hardie  Board , wood, or another product that is not subject to moisture. Another good thing about using a waterproof product is you can pressure wash it and keep it clean. I am really glad we used Hardie Board here also.

The Flatwork (sidewalks and driveways) around your home. Make sure you put steel (rebar) in it. It costs a little more, but when it cracks, it wonít fall apart. I am glad we did this too. (You can do a lot to head off future problems when you Build Your Own Home).

The list goes on and on. Just slow down a little at the end of the project, and make sure you consider the items that may bite you later.

And remember:

You Can Build Your Own Home

Happy Home Building,

George, from Build Your Own Home.

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