NEW ON THE HOME SKILLS
Since 1950 this number has not changed ? 25% of the population are
How do you know
if a contractor is performing well? What does it cost ?
basics Electrical, Plumbing, Carpentry See Essential Links
The median hourly
wage averages between 15$ and hr to 30$ an hour depending on locality.
BLS Breakdown Cost of labor per hr + Overhead + Materials + PROFIT
= COST Price
idea of work to be performed and how long will it take:
Homewyse has an index of work, the hours, materials etc.
Kitchen add on - This
kitchen was gutted back in 2002. All new appliances, hickory cabinets,
wall cut and tile removed from walls. 2014 and Home Depot still had
access to the hickory cabinets. Friend wanted to add six feet of base
cabinets, smaller window and three pendant lights. Total time so far 40
hours. Materials $2,500. Rates for electrical contractor
would be $50 to $75 plus materials.
space, counter space work area, and serving Table for Dining Room. A bar
area for entertaining. The pendant lighting is not just for light but a
work of art. The globes seem to hover in midair at night.
MR E Photo Gallery Basement
Another Basement w/egress will add
15K value to home.
Using R-10 2 inch rigid, furring Strip attached with 4 inch 1/4 Tapcon
concrete screws. Tyvek tape all seems. Using foam and furring requires the
use of MC (metal clad) 14-3 (w,b,g). Two new circuits both arc fault as
required by code. Will allow a bit of expansion. The project was on hold
during the winter. Installed one circuit for the lights and stair side wall.
The project 75% complete. About 50 hours left.
in the Automotive Section
Spectra Rear Brake Pad and Rotor replace
Century Front turn signal / running light shorts out the fix
Buick Century Water Pump & Window Regulator
Best way to
loosen rust and frozen bolts, smells good too
Dupont Teflon Penetrant
can be found at LOWES.
I work with my students, I notice the same issues at every home.
Think of weather and what it will do to any structure. Wind, Rain, Heat, and
Cold will wreak havoc with your investment. I see water damage at every
home in some shape or form. Most of these issues are easy to repair.
Examples: Grading issues, Gutter issues, Foundation issues, landscape too
close, front steps breaking up, roof issues, chimney issues, failed grout or
caulk leading to damage.
Another Student falls victim to water and termite
damage. Although not her fault, the root cause, lack of flashing, was
found and a fix is in the works. Photos /
Text of project
When is the last time you took a walk around
your home looking for issues? Would you know what to look for?
See the links section for HUD book free, and what a home inspector looks
for, and some links to local code.
What I offer is different: I like to share, as in sweat equity.
Think of me as your coach. This way a home owner aka student can gain
confidence with handling tools, and making repairs themselves. I enjoy
teaching. I work with you to develop a maintenance plan for you to follow.
You in turn save money, gain knowledge, confidence and security.
Most repairs can last 5 + years, some 20+ years.
IF your home is older figure on a remodel every 20-30 years at a minimum.
Most will be done because the life of the current appliances or failure of
water tight areas, or a change of color (what were those designers thinking
with the avocado, pink, blue and yellow tile). Most baths and showers if
tiled will have water damage after 20+ years of use. Assume a gut at a
minimum of the shower/tub area.
How LONG DOES IT TAKE ???
Those shows on TV/CABLE that show homeowners
working with contractors, will tell you budget, but not actual labor hours
spent or total elapsed time do they. The folks look so clean. One day / two
day shows have a labor force equal to 500/1000 hours. Be prepared for dust
every where no matter how hard you try and keep it down.
What about your auto. I wonder how many of you used to
work on your car back in the day, but stopped. All the engineers did was
replace sensors to do the checking, a fluid change is no big deal. Are you
female and never learned basic car information? Gloves work wonders. Ask my
daughter who in 10th grade was the only person in class who knew how to
change a tire. She can change oil, and replace spark plugs.