Category Archives: Beach House

My “Bags”

The tool bags I carry weigh just a little over 35 pounds. I choose to have just about every tool I need at hand so that I don’t have to start and stop my jobs in order to find a tool I should have. A good belt has a spot for all the important tools and they are placed to facilitate no look “grab and replace” actions so no time or effort is wasted getting the tool I need when I need it – kind of like a gun fighter in the old West.. They wouldn’t have lasted long if they needed to look down at their 6 shooter in the middle of a show down! Most guys will have a bag on each side of their belt… I’ve got a 3rd bag that is attached behind me that I use to carry wirenuts, crimp sleeves, drywall screws and my hammer pouch.  I also spend a little time prior to each day thinking about the work I’ll be doing and the tools I’ll need to add to my bags or my tool box on my truck.

P.S. I fell off a scaffold at about 8′ and landed right on my butt – on my wirenut filled bag and it felt like I landed on a pile of marshmallows… I was the most surprised guy in the world that I wasn’t hurt bad. Belt

The Beach Remodel

There are 2 ways to learn how to build or remodel homes. You can spend years working in the industry, learning a little every day, starting work before the sun comes up,  sweating with guys in the heat of day,  or you can take the fast route and learn from those who know.

TV shows you watch about remodeling or flipping houses don’t give an accurate picture of what happens in the Real World of Design, Supervision and Construction. 30 minutes isn’t enough time to learn much about what really goes on day to day on a construction site. The planning, decisions, drawings, engineering, approvals, permitting, scheduling, arguments, construction, inspections, revisions, co-ordination, completion all require the opposite of what you see on TV…  here is your chance to learn what you need to know from the guys doing the work, the guys who know more than the homeowners, engineers, designers and even their bosses!