Plumbing Before the Slab is Poured, December, 2003

Here is a story that many contractors would tell you, about why no one should be their own contractor. I chose a close friend of mine to do the plumbing. I did not know that he was exremely busy and could not do the work himself. He did not want to hurt my feelings by telling me he counldn't help me. So, he hired a relative who was not aware of the requirements for plumbing in our county.

Several times my plumber friend thought the plumbing was ready for inspection, but each time it failed. We finally found out that a pressure guage needed to be set up on the water lines and the waste lines, to pressure check them for leaks. Well, the plumbing lines had a lot of leaks. My plumber friend came out and worked many cold nights trying to find them all. After six weeks, we both realized this was a futile battle. He and I both agreed that our friendship was more important than this job, so now I am waiting for a price from a new plumber. So far this has caused another seven weeks delay in the project and an expensive fine with the building inspection department. This guage has leaked from 90 to 37PSI.

In dealing with so many people, it is impossible to build a home without problems. Fortunately my friend and I were able to settle this without hard feelings.

Plumbing Passes Inspection, January, 2004

We found another plumber who is well known by the inspectors. He knew just what to do to make them happy. We passed the inspection and are waiting for the next step, preparing for pouring the slab.

(These will be updated throughout the project).
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Step 1, Purchasing the Land
Step 2, Designing Our Own Home
Step 3, Our Septic Permit
Step 4, Our Insulated Wall System
Step 5, Cutting Lumber from Our Own Trees
Step 6, Plumbing Before the Slab is Poured
Step 7, Pouring the Concrete Floors
Step 8, Pouring Concrete in the ICF Walls
Step 9, Framing the Wood Walls, Floors, and Roof
Step 10, Installing the Windows
Step 11, Roughing in Plumbing and Electrical
Step 12, Insulation
Step 13, Roofing Our Home
Step 14, Finishing the Cabin

I have friends in the construction industry who are very interested in this home. In appreciation for their assistance, I would like to give them credit for their help, and give you the opportunity to contact them. The following list will be updated regularly:

-Bonnie our helpful realtor can be contacted by EMAIL or by phoning her at 800-871-1910
-Tony of A&L Construction did the clearing, excavating, and sawed lumber from our trees. He can be reached at 828-835-9926.
-Pete is a very good part time carpenter. You can phone him at 828-479-9458.

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