Tips for Building a DIY Summer Home

summer house

When the summer heat sets in, you might start wishing you had a secluded getaway somewhere cool. It might be a cabin in the woods or an apartment up north; either way, a summer house gives you an escape from the mundane. Sometimes, however, you might not have the land or resources to buy a whole separate house to use just on occasion. This is when it comes in handy to build your own little summer structure in your spacious backyard or on a small plot of land nearby. Just keep in mind, if you’re doing a bigger job on your own, you might need to secure certain licenses for your state like a Maine contractor license.

Designing

Your first step is to design a house that fits in your space and is a representation of your space. Plenty of plans can be found online, but it’s also fun to draw up your own ideas and see what you can create yourself. Maybe you want extra windows for more natural light or a loft for sleeping. It’s all customizable when you do it yourself!

Finding Materials

One way to get a truly unique look to your project is to use reclaimed materials. The only trouble with this is finding usable materials. It can be difficult to know where to look, so here’s a quick list of good places to check for things like discarded wood or metal fixtures.

  • Planks off of wooden pallets. Check with local hardware stores, grocery stores, or home improvement stores that might allow you take their discarded pallets.
  • You can find glass in discarded window fixtures or at the dumpsters near or on construction sites.
  • Keep your eye on people’s trash piles as they put them out to be taken away. You’d surprised the gems you can find in other people’s rubbish!

Vibration Monitoring

Vibration Monitoring

All construction builders know that vibrations can be a source of damage. Luckily, we can find those errors by measuring the vibrations at the right time. Vibration monitoring is not as easy as most people think. You will need the right training and equipment to do this right. The results of vibration monitoring can give you information about the influence of the vibration on people that are in the building, but also on the damage of the building. But how do you measure those vibrations?

The history of vibration monitoring equipment

Vibrations monitoring is already done for a few years. Back in 1988, it was awfully hard to measure the vibrations. The kits that were used to measure those vibrations consisted of a huge measurement system and a drag-and-drop computer. The people that worked with that equipment, needed to carry that heavy stuff around. This way of measuring the vibrations was not efficient at all and provided a small amount of useable information. In 1992, the IFCO VM measuring system was invented. This measuring system was a lot better than the old one. But the major improvement came in 2004 when the Axilog was invented. This was the start of the vibration monitoring equipment that we know now.

The equipment we use

There is two important equipment you need to find vibration errors. To measure the vibrations, you will need a vibration monitor. When you buy one of these, it is important to look for a monitor that measures the right frequencies, has a good filter and has a battery that can last a few days without charging. When you have measured the vibrations, you need vibration analysis equipment that will find the possible errors. This equipment will warn you when necessary.