New House Wood Framing Inspection For Homeowners

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If you don’t know anything about home building or new house framing, I would like to give you a few tips on things to look for. Don’t get carried away on your new house wood framing inspection, but it’s not a bad idea to have the ability to inspect the house your cell for construction defects.

1. Make sure that the right post and beams were installed? This would require having a basic understanding of the building blueprints. Examine the blueprints, locate certain sized posts and beams and make sure that they match the sizes of the ones called out for on the building blueprints.

2. Check for large gaps between framing components. Look for large spaces of a quarter of an inch or more between all framing components. Structural framing components shouldn’t have more than 1/ 16th of an inch gap and should be relatively tight or there could be problems as the house settles.

3. Your framing contractor shouldn’t use any defective lumber. Look for lumber with large knots and cracks. If these pieces of lumber are holding up other sections of the house, you could have problems, if you don’t already. All construction lumber grades should match the building plans.

Obviously we don’t want large gaps between framing components like structural beams and posts. These are usually the easy ones to find. However, defective lumber that’s covered up by plywood or other framing components might be a little more difficult to find.

The best advice that I could get any home owner or new home builder is to take as many pictures with a digital camera as possible. Try to take these pictures on a weekly basis, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to stop by the job every other day after the workers are gone.

Pictures can also be used later after the house is built to locate structural beams, electrical, plumbing, heating and air-conditioning ducts.

Kitchen Remodel With White Cabinets and Quartz Countertops

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This brand new kitchen remodel in Fort Walton Beach includes white kitchen cabinets and a stunning quartz countertop.

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Photo Montage (or Slideshow) Tips and Ideas

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve got old photos in boxes, scattered pictures in various scrapbooks or albums, a computer hard drive with photos saved in places you don’t even remember, maybe even some undeveloped film (who knows what could be on there!). If you’re looking for something to do with all of it, why not make a photo slideshow on DVD replete with music and specials effects? It is a great way to keep a permanent record of all those photos as DVDs can last up to 100 years. There are plenty of companies that will perform that service for you (including the author’s) or you can do it yourself. If you want to do it yourself, here are some ideas to help you out.

Know Your Audience

The most important aspect in creating any photo montage is in knowing your audience. Ultimately, what you are doing with your montage is telling a story. To tell it effectively, you have to know who you are telling it to. The audience will play a large part in how many pictures you want to include, the type of music you want, and the length of the presentation. Here are a few specific ideas:

* If you plan on showing your montage to a larger audience (like a birthday, wedding reception/rehearsal dinner, or anniversary party) make sure you consider how you are going to present it. Is your slideshow going to be a backdrop for the party or is there going to be a time to sit down where everyone will gather to watch? If it is a backdrop, you probably want to use more pictures. That way, people can watch parts as they please, mingle, and then come back to watch different parts as the party moves on. If your montage is going to be displayed with the expectation that most people will stop what they are doing to watch, keep your presentation limited to about 4 songs (about 125 to 175 photos). This is a good length to create some nice emotions yet short enough that it will not interrupt the event.

* If you plan on showing your slideshow to a small and intimate audience, the best bet is to make it short and sweet. One to two personal songs with about 75 photographs makes a great surprise gift.

The Importance Of Order

There are a variety of approaches you can take in ordering your photographs (thematically, chronologically, etc). What usually has the best flow is a chronological order. Chronological order allows you to encapsulate all facets of a person’s life in a way that everyone will understand. It also creates a great nostalgia effect early on which will grab your audience’s attention right away.


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Five Affordable, Easy-to-Do Bathroom Improvements

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Upgrading Your Bathroom Doesn’t Have to Sap Your Time or Deplete Your Wallet.

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