We finished building the house about 3 years before he died.
Insulation is not an overly expense here. Not fiberglass insulation. I'd have to look it up
at Lowes or HomeDepot because I don't remember what we paid per roll. It's no problem
to hang. We did place it in the ceiling too which is a little more strenuous and itchy to do
but not too bad. Some people only hang it at the outer walls. We chose to hang it in all
the walls. Just makes the house a little more easy on sound.
Drywall is not difficult to hang if you have a manual machine, it helps a lot. We had the
very tall heavy drywall and we had no problem hanging it. We also put it on the ceilings
and we use a manual machine to raise the sheet to the ceiling. There is a bit of an art to
the sanding, however.
I think most the old houses in the USA have insulation. Depends on how old the house is
and it's location in the States. In many very old houses they used solid heavy oak to build
the house and for insulation they used newspapers. Lots and lots of newspapers. It can
be interesting tearing down an old wall to find old newspapers. Interesting to read.
Yep, that is what I am saying, labor is expensive. Therefore if you can do the labor yourself,
you can save a huge amount of money.
Depends on where you buy the material and what the tax's are in the State you live in.
Unfortunately, we lived in one of the highest sales tax States. Tennessee. Sales tax is
almost 10%. That adds up to a lot and quickly when buying materials.
Septic tanks are actually better. In other words, if you have your own septic tank, you are
not going to be paying the city a sewage fee. Well, it's actually very simple. Dig a hole,
insert a septic tank. Run your plumbing from the septic to the house. Most septic tanks
are made of concrete or some type of fiberglass. They usually have one or more clean out
plugs. The tank is covered over with dirt and the clean out plug is near the top of the ground.
Some people choose to have the clean out plug exposed a bit above the ground. The reason
is, it's easy to find the plug when comes a time to clean it out. It's better however, to have
the plug some bit under the dirt so you won't run over it by accident with lawn mower. The
tanks usually have an overflow at one end. If the tank becomes full, it will begin to seep
out into the ground at one end. Septic companies clean out the septic tanks. As I stated
above, it depends on the size of the family, what is running into the septic tank, in regards
to how often one should have it emptied/cleaned out. What those companies do with the
waste, I couldn't say but no doubt they have a legal way to expose of it.
Well water is the best water and best tasting water you can drink. Not to be confused with
a cistern or a bad land/run off area.
I live in town so I have city water, city sewage, city trash pickup, all on one monthly bill.
I don't drink the city water. I buy bottled water.
Yep, insurance and tax's eat away at the pocket book. House Insurance, Car Insurance,
Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, City Property Tax, County Property
Tax, and so it goes and goes and goes.