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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by disconnected, Jan 22, 2016.
^Sure could. Think I should?
It’s fast paced here. When our offices bid south of the Mason-Dixon Line they need to add 50% more labor hours. Not kidding. What’s done in 1 year here will take 1.5 years further South, at least for bidding purposes
I think it's worth it if will make you not worry about your notches.
It is insane. I probably have about 8 hours into trying to order some windows at the big box stores around here. I still have not ordered them because I can’t find anyone who knows much about all the options. I’ll ask, why is this option $30 more? And I’ll just get the reply, “because it is better.”
It helps if your family has lived in the area for the last 300 years and received their land through a grant from the Spanish crown.
In Santa Fe, Empire Builders Supply is an alternative to the big boxes.
Thank you. I will look into Empire.
There’s also a ReStore selling used windows and doors on Cerrillos and Big Jo hardware on Siler street has a good rep for hardware but I haven’t had much to do with them.
Coming from the East or the Midwest, trying to get projects completed in that area can be maddening. I had 8 months of it while remodeling a hostel there.
It's funny with these suppliers...
When we were building the cabin in Lewis County NY which is a really laid back area compared to the South Jersey / Atlantic City / Philly area. The suppliers tripped over themselves to help you out.
The cabin was a kit from about 50 miles south but all the materials and services we bought local were amazing.
The home center where I bought my tin and roofing supplies were outstanding. I could call them from home and place an order and it would be on site the day I got there and although I always tried to pay in advance the deal was "Come in and pay us when you can"
I also had them figure materials for my mini barn... a 14 X 16 drive through garage for the snowmobiles. I gave them the footprint and they did the rest. Framing lumber, Sheathing, Trusses, Roof Tin, Overhead Doors, Man Door and even the attic stairs were delivered the day I got there to spend the week building the place.
Again "bring us a check when you have the time"
The electrician I had wire the cabin was the same... The estimate was $2500 and he said give me $1000 toward materials and the rest when you have it...
If you look at the r value of a average double pane vs the single in a wall system it's not worth changing them out for energy savings. Buy or build storms if you want some additional r value.
If security and noise control also factor in, double panes will be best. I don’t know exactly where his mom lives, but pretty close, and there is plenty of petty theft in those areas.
The current, ground level windows are secured by a simple eye bolt and hook. Far from high security. The town has 150 people and everyone knows each other. So I imagine crime is low but I don’t know. Since this will be a weekend retreat for the next few years, I am going to suggest a WiFi security camera system.
I’m a believer in the basic goodness of most of the communities in that area, especially if locals accept your mom, but sometimes people are viewed as having so much they wouldn’t miss this or that, and drugs and alchohol continue to ravage some of those communities with people desperate to score.
Santa Fe has no shortage of petty thieves and one of the best carpenters I know had all of his tools stolen from a jobsite there.
I’ve been traveling to NM since 1973 and lived in Santa Fe for a while. NM is an incredible place with amazing contrasts.