Are The East Coast and West Coast Building Methods the Same?

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Blog entry by Doug posted 11-13-2011 05:22 PM 846 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Hey everyone, my name is Doug Sand and I’m a real newbie here. But I do have to say that this is one of the cleanest web sites for this type of work I’ve seen so far!

If anyone has read my Bio, you already know where I’ve spent the majority of my past working.The northwest states…Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. I’ve spent my share of time in good ole California too, but I have yet to work on the East coast. Like where New York is. I know a few people who have, and it seems that whenever they do come back, it’s all about how the other guys were doing things backwards in comparison to how we do it here.I don’t think anything was done backwards, but just different from the way we do it here on the West Coast.

For instance…........when I set up for a concrete slab that is over lets say 8 feet wide, I most always set a row of screed stakes to be able to keep my sub grade close to where it should be. Now when a couple friends came back from the East Coast, they informed me that over there they don’t use screed stakes. They just eyeball it. Is that a FACT or is that FICTION ? Or is that the traditional way over there?

If I could get a few responses, on that particular subject, or maybe you have seen something that is different that the West Coast does in comparison from than the East Coast, I would be interested to hear about it.

I’m not trying to start a war between us, I just thought that it would be interesting to compare notes.

To all your successes in life,

-- Doug Sand Soap Lake, Wa.

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#1 posted 11-13-2011 07:58 PM


Seems the focus of your question is on a general construction topic. Although you’ll probably get some response here at LumberJocks, the main focus here is on woodworking rather than general construction. Perhaps the HomeRefurbers site would be a better match for this question.

Please don’t get me wrong. Welcome to LumberJocks and I look forward to seeing more from you in the future.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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