My wife was always funny about that stuff. She was a builder and had
drywall guys working for her so drywall was never a thing. She had an
inspector screw with her one day about putting up the rock before he
signed off on the FEPA/C for that wall. She said "What do you want to
He said something about something in a wall. She walked over and
grabbed a hammer from a framer and just started wailing on the wall,
hooking it with the claw and ripping out big chunks.
"Let me know when you have seen what you need to see".
He closed up his clipboard box and signed the permit.
In alt.home.repair, on Mon, 14 Dec 2020 14:36:07 -0600, Jim Joyce
Unrelated, political, but I found it after clicking Next a few times
On December 14, 2020, during an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper,
Mitchell announced he will no longer continue as a member of the
Republican Party and would serve out the rest of his term in Congress as
an independent. [Unfortunately, that's January 2nd, so he won't
have much effect, but his words are good. And it shows that at least
one politician got sick when watching the Republican after-election
On Mon, 14 Dec 2020 21:24:29 -0500, micky email@example.com
She started in the contract department of Centex, writing change
orders and moved over to the building side. After a couple of years
they let her bring her own community out of the ground. (100 houses).
When she started on that community, they had just taken over from land
development, building with no water, power or roads. She was building
them 16 at a time and "closing" houses for other field managers who
had difficult customers. She was rated #4 in the whole Southeast
Region of Centex before the crash. (balanced performance, On time, on
budget, customer sat)
Good for her. Not an easy thing to do. I see the housing going up
around me and it really is quite a project to turn acres of dirt into a
community with all the utilities, roads, EPA regulations needed.
What still amazed me coming from semi-rural part of New England is the
amount of sidewalk. There is a Del Webb development going in about 10
miles from me and so far, they have done a bit of grading where roads
will be, dropped some of the sewer piping on site, but a half mile of
sidewalk is already in by the road.
Back in the "go go OO"s it was all about getting the houses built.
Utilities and the roads came in after a significant number of houses
were built up to the final. They were bringing water in on buffalos
although some of the stucco was done using lake water. The land
development guy's house was one of the early ones and I suggested
stuccoing a frog in near his front door to try to speed the water
project along. I used to joke with them that the Romans had paved
roads and running water 2000 years ago. They had a bunch of houses
done and waiting for water/sewer to get a CO.
I was amazed at how much material was wasted. It was all about speed.
They did not bother to move unused materials to the next house. It
just got thrown in the dumpster. That was good for me tho. They called
me Fred Sanford because I looked in the dumpsters before I said hi.
I did get a lot of cool stuff. One of my favorites was 2x12 rough sawn
western red cedar. There were always pieces in there 6-10 feet long
and occasionally I found a whole 16' stick. There is a lot of cedar
stuff around here ;-)
I got all the block and steel I needed for my addition and gave away 8
cubes. I got enough pavers to cover my shed, the wall behind the bar,
a fireplace and few other things. I had 10 boxes of "El dorado"
cultured stone like you see at Perkins. We used it for flower bed
edging. (set in a concrete barrier)
I wouldn't use that crap anywhere you could get a good look at it.
In alt.home.repair, on Tue, 15 Dec 2020 12:51:39 -0500,
Very impressive. So what does a dynamic woman like her want with you?
I would think sidewalks go in last.
I've been told my house was built illegally. The new sewer line had
not been finished? when the house was started, and building permits were
not supposed to have been issued. I do think the sewer was completed
before anyone moved in. :-0
That's a lot of great stuff.
I've not gotten building materials, but I used to climb in the dumpster
at the Black & Decker store and retrieve tools. Some they broked a hole
in the case before throwing them away, to thwart people like me, but
some were in one piece and still worked fine. The weed wackers they
bent the aluminum tube but I bought some aluminum tubing and made
replacements for two.
At the apartment building near me someone threw away in 2 or 3 big
garbage bags loads of clothes, some other stuff and about 30 pairs of
what looked like brand new women's shoes. The shoes I gave to a
charity thrift shop near me and when I went back, they were selling them
for $5 a pair and only had about 3 pairs left.
My best find there however was a heavy duty electric wheel chair. It
was hard to push so I ended up riding it home. It worked well. I
called a guy I knew of who was very well respected in town and ran a
medical supply store. He came over and said the chair, used as it
was**, was worth $1000. He suggested I call the MS or MD foundation
and they had me call a medical supply store which apparently stored such
things for them and lent them for free. And they came and got it.
I also found, not in the trash but on the grass next to the street a
practically brand new Epson printer, copier, scanner, fax with wifi. It
was so good, I went back to the house to make sure it was meant to be
taken, and the guy who lived there was ambiguous but he didn't want it
back. My best guess is that a roommate he didn't like left it behind
and he was getting rid of anything that reminded him. **The foam rubber on one arm and somewhere else had big chunks missing,
and the support for one leg wasn't there. (I hate to think of why.)
I'm sure I knew whose chair it was. There was a guy in a chair who
would often sit outside with another guy (maybe in a non-electric
chair). The first one died, and when they cleaned out his apartment,
they just threw everything away. No thought to donating it. I'm glad I
found it. There was also the thing that hangs over a bed so that one
can pull oneself up to sitting from lying down.
Sidewalk by the houses go in near the end. This is along the road. I'm
amazed at how much sidewalk there is here. From my house to the highway
is 4 miles and on either side of the road you can walk on sidewalk. At
the highway one side has a gap but it picks up again. There is nothing
along the road in places, no houses, no stores, but concrete sidewalk.
On Tue, 15 Dec 2020 16:34:27 -0500, micky firstname.lastname@example.org
I have a big dick
It depends on what the builder wants to do. I knew a guy in DC who's
family was in the dirt business in Southern Md (Bevard). They would go
into a place, mine out the sand and gravel, set up a concrete plant
and run it until they were running out of material. Before they broke
down the concrete plant they platted the lots and put in the curb,
gutter and sidewalks. Once the builder was done they would sell them
"top soil" to put under the sod. The "top soil" was a mix of gravel
plant tailings (silt) and sludge from Blue Plains. The sod grew like
crazy but they also had cherry tomatoes popping up because tomato
seeds survive digestion. That was those big 18 red wheelers that
looked like big concrete trucks you saw around DC with no writing on
them. They were hauling sludge.
You can finish the house but without utilities you can't get a CO.
That is the CO deal
On Tue, 15 Dec 2020 16:34:27 -0500, micky posted for all of us to digest...
The local township told me they like the curbs in so when it's paved they can
pave against it.
Sidewalks are popular now because they want to make a "community" where the
residents can walk to the amenities.