1 April, 2014

Journey License

. I was happy to learn… To qualify to take the journeyman exam, you must have at least 8,000 hours of work experience in the trade or a combination of work experience and technical training that equals 8,000 hours. If you have a journeyman or master license in another state, you qualify to take the Texas journeyman exam. The journeyman exam has a written part and a hands-on part. The written part of the exam has multiple choice questions on the following topics: Waste and vent systems Water systems Natural gas systems Simple physics Cross-connections created by back siphonage and backflow Terms and definition Water heaters Law and board rules Questions come from: International Plumbing Code and International Fuel Gas Code, International Code Council, (703) 931-4533 Uniform Plumbing Code, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, (800) 854-2766 The hands-on part of the exam is split in two parts as described below. The sanitary waste and vent installation portion will test your knowledge of proper planning, layout and installation of sanitary waste and vent systems. You will design the sanitary waste and vent system for a reduced scale two story building and perform the material "take-off", order the material and actually install the system on the reduced-scale two story building. The hands-on shop-work portion will test your knowledge and ability to properly use plumbing tools to measure, cut, prepare, assemble and install plumbing materials and recognize proper installations of water heaters. Journeyman plumber's exam fee: It will cost you $27 to take the journeyman exam. The fee you purchase a license and its duration will depend on when Board issues it to you.

31 March, 2014

Roof Damage Assessment

I had a guy come to my door from NBRC and offer to do a roof assessment for free. I was told that I have wind damage and was advised to file a claim with my insurance. I did file the claim and my insurance found that the roof was damaged from wind. They replaced my roof, which I knew was old. I'm very pleased to have a new roof at basically no cost, but now i'm concerned that my insurance will drop me or go up. I have never filed a claim and I've not heard anything yet from insurance. Should I be concerned or just happy to have a new roof? Seems to good too be true. From what I can tell… No and yes. Your insurance will not raise your rate by an "act of god" condition. This is what you pay your insurance for. So no they will not for that reason. Now it may go up if the area you live in has had a large amount of claims in it due to wind and hail. The raise rates by zip code on houses not like your car. And how do I know this. Because I work for a very reputable company that specializes in the same thing. And I deal with many customers and their rates did not go up. So sit back relax and enjoy. As long as the company did a good job and did not overlay a roof, you are good.

31 March, 2014


Rhonda earns $625 a week. She needs to save 0. 22 of her weekly check. Estimate how much she needs to save each week. Expain whether the actual amount she neds to save is greater or less than your estimate. Will is buying several books. The cost of the books before tax is $188. The tax is 0. 175 of the cost. About how much will his total bill be? Lori works part-time and earns $252 a week. She needs to save 0. 275 of her paycheck for her monthly car payment. How should she round the factors to be sure to have enough money? About how much does she need to save each week. Do you know what I found? 1. Estimate: 20% is $125. You may call $125 an estimate. It is have low, but as you only need to add 10% more ($12. 50), you could easily get the final answer $137. 50 and be spot on.

2. 20% rounded down is $37 (estimate), but that's still high. 10% of $188 = $18. 80 5% = $9. 40 2. 5% = $4. 70 17. 5% = sum of these = $32. 90.

3. Estimate 30% rounded down to $1 = $75. That's high. Accurate answer $69. 30, and she should round up, say to $70 for convenience.

In the video I will teach you how to use Excel to build a worksheet for estimating projects for the small contractor. The end result is a very basic, but usa. . .

30 March, 2014

Finish Carpentry

How do I secure a 2×6 to another 2×6 at a 90 degree angle? Dont want to screw into the top and into the other board because filling the hole will not stain right. Any suggestions. Do you know what I found? If you're making a T intersection where the two boards meet, I would suggest drilling holes in each board and installing wooden dowels to hold them together. Mark each board where they intersect and drill a few holes in each board that line up with each other. . . Drill the 3 holes to half the depth of each board and evenly spaced in the joint. . Around 3" deep. . And glue some wooden dowel rod into each hole. Test fit the dowels to make sure they are not too snug and cut them slightly shorter than the full depth of both holes. . Crimp the outer diameter of the dowels with the teeth of a pliers to create more surface area for the glue to adhere to and make it easier to pound the dowels in place. Home centers or hardware stores, lumber yards, etc. Sell wooden dowel rod in various sizes and lengths. . Something like 1/2" -3/4" thick should do depending on what drill bit size you have and use a good quality wood glue. If you're overlapping the boards at the T intersection, you can use this method too. . Just drill holes halfway through each board. The trick is getting the holes exactly lined up so measure and mark carefully. You could also screw the boards together with long screws and pilot holes in the first section of wood,,,,drill the start of each hole large enough to countersink the head of the screws. . Then plug the holes with small dowel plugs and sand/stain as needed. Home centers sell dowel plugs as well for wood craft projects.

Professional review and demonstration of the Festool Kapex Miter Saw by Gary Katz, contributing editor of Fine Homebuilding magazine. Learn about Festool Kap. . .