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How To understand Home Building Codes before you begin a project

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    Depending on your location and the project that you want to complete there are a variety of different building codes that you must comply with or your project may require hours of fixes or possibly even a complete tare out and do over.

    For the most part these regulations help you the home owner or contractor complete a project that follows minimal requirements and standards for safety but when you get into regulations targeted at historic …

    Alabama Holds Contractor Job Fair After Illegal Immigration Law Enacted

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      Alabama Home Builder Associations are holding Job Fairs after the States new standards against hiring illegal aliens has been enacted.

      The penalty provision that would shut down a business found to hire an illegal immigrant for 15 days after the first offense. On a second offense, a contractor’s license could be suspended. On the third offense, a company would permanently lose its license to do business in Alabama.

      An estimated 185,000 illegal aliens work in the Alabama Construction …

      How To – Consumers Guide Working With Contractors And Understanding Project Timelines

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        Contract completion times are one of the most common complaints by consumers however by asking a few questions up front most of the headaches can be eliminated.

        Like no other business Remodeling and Building Contractors are always blamed for longer then expected completion times, delays in service while the work is being completed and delays before work begins. In some cases the blame is justified however in many cases it is just miscommunication of all of the …

        Alabama Home Building Associations

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          Home Builders Association of Alabama
          7515 Halcyon Summit Dr., Suite 200
          Montgomery, AL 36117
          Tel: 334-834-3006
          Toll Free: 1-800-745-4222
          info@hbaa.org
          http://www.hbaa.org

          Athens/ Limestone Home Builders Association
          Kaye Pepper
          21672 New Garden Road
          Elkmont, Alabama 35620
          Tel: 256.732.3057
          Fax: 256.232.9902
          tklbpep@aol.com

          Baldwin County Home Builders Association
          Fran Druse
          P.O. Box 1067
          Fairhope, Alabama 36533
          916 Plantation Blvd.
          Fairhope, Alabama 36532
          Tel: 334.928.9927
          Fax: Tel: 334.928.9929
          fhdruse@mindspring.com
          http://www.bchba.com

          Blount County Home Builders Association
          Mary Jackson
          P. O. Box 571
          Oneonta, Alabama 35121
          Tel: 205.274.9803

          Chilton County Home Builders Association
          Needra Little
          801 County Road 408
          Clanton, Alabama 35045
          Tel: 205.688.4186
          Fax: 205.688.4199

          Cullman County Home Builders Association
          David Garrison
          P.O. Box 1875
          Cullman, Alabama 35056
          Tel: 256.739.5110
          Fax: 256.739.5110
          cchba@linkfast.net

          Decatur Home Builders Association
          Rosemary …

          How To – Construction Project Timeline Management & General Contracting

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            Whether you are working on your own home or building homes for others one of the most important tasks in General Contracting and project management is understanding and planing your task timeline.  As the saying goes you can’t put the cart before the horse but even if you know you need a horse and a cart there are so many other factors before you can take the ride.

            Smaller projects like planting a garden can …

            How To – Can I Withhold Final Payment From My Contractor?

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              Recently someone asked if they could fire their contractor at the end of the job and withhold final payment because the finishes and decorating in the new addition they had added to their home were not of good quality and the final completion date was two months past a three month completion estimate given in the contract.

              There are two questions in this question. First was the work completed in a workman like fashion and …

              Individual Health Insurance For Private Contractors

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                If you are a private contractor Health Insurance can be a big concern.

                Purchasing insurance as an individual can be expensive and the availability of plans may not be the same as offered in other businesses.

                The first place to look for Health Care options is with your business insurance broker. The same company that handles your liability insurance can often offer plans at a decent price to cover you and your family.

                The next option you …

                Farmers Market Associations

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                  Across the country there are many different types of professional farmers markets and even home grown roadside vendors that share the extra produce from their gardens.

                  You probably have your own favorite market but the USDA has helped farmers setup associations to promote their produce sales.

                  If you are a farmer and would like to join or if you are a consumer and would just like to take a day trip to a market in your location here are some of the …

                  Directory of Governmental Resources and Offices covering Pesticides

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                    Directory of Governmental Resources and Offices covering Pesticides

                    Alabama
                     http://www.agi.state.al.us/
                     http://www.agi.state.al.us/Word/PPPM.htm
                    Department of Agriculture
                    Division of Plant Protection and Pesticides
                    PO BOX 3336
                    Montgomery, AL 36109-0336
                    (334) 240-7171

                    Alaskahttp://www.state.ak.us/dec/eh

                    http://www.state.ak.us/dec/eh/pest

                    Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
                    Environmental Health
                    500 S Alaska St
                    Palmer, AK 99645-6340
                    (907) 745-3236

                    Arizonahttp://agriculture.state.az.us
                    http://agriculture.state.az.us/ESD/esd.htm

                    Arizona Department of Agriculture
                    Environmental Services
                    1688 W Adams
                    Phoenix, AZ 85007
                    (800) 223-0618
                    (602) 255-3664
                    (602) 542-3579

                    Arizona Structural Pest Control
                    9545 East Double Tree Ranch Rd
                    Scottsdale, AZ 85258

                    Arkansas
                    http://www.plantboard.org/
                    http://www.plantboard.org/pesticides_licensing.htmlArkansas State Plant Board
                    Division of Feeds, Fertilizers and Pesticides
                    #1 Natural Resource Dr
                    PO BOX 1069
                    Little Rock, AR …

                    State Licensing – Directory Information

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                      The following directory is provided as a starting point.

                      When making contact with your States Department of Business / Labor
                      make sure to explain Your Trade and Location.

                      All contractors are treated differently within every State.
                      You can expect Plumbing, Electrical and any Health related contractor such as asbestos abatement or pesticides to go under strict guidelines both in the application and on going business process.

                      If you are an out of State Contractor there will be special requirements.

                      Alabama
                      http://www.genconbd.state.al.us/

                      Alaska
                      http://www.alaska.net/~achp/

                      Arizona
                      http://www.rc.state.az.us/

                      Arkansas
                      http://www.state.ar.us/clb/

                      California
                      http://www.cslb.ca.gov/

                      Colorado
                      http://www.dora.state.co.us/
                      General Contractors …