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I created this website back in 2004 when I felt a need to help wonderful people who were mostly in the business by word of mouth advertising at the time. Sandpoint has cycled hard times and in the past.  I wanted to expand the local network to help these “good people” many of whom did not advertise themselves or have an interest in the internet, so I used photos of their business cards. Seems today people say they enjoy the no ads, sign in and pop-ups, just contact information. Easy to use for those who do not mind seeing other services information while looking for the one they want.

Soon after the site went live for it’s the first time, we had a client who had experienced a great loss from a fly-by-night contractor, a locals term. This fly-by-night contractor in the past was described by Bonner County residents as a “truck and a dog” calling themselves a contractor, stories you may here.  She asked me, we are new “how can we find people we can trust?” I was proud to say I have a website full of those “good people” who have helped us, or are our family, village friends or we have used their services with good results.

Please join me in helping these good peoples phone ring offering work. Sandpoint Blog, review local service, products, make comments. I hope you find this site be helpful for you, that is my intention, this has been my community service, Gini Bowers 2004-to now, supported by Bowers Construction 2004 to 2016. Now I cover the cost on my own and appreciate the help I do receive, so far in just trade-which, i am all about.  Please email me if you have an unpleasant experience with any of these referred contacts or if you find links that no longer work or just cause. I try to share links without pop-up ads or sign in, but things do change. If you want a realtor, or more things to do information go to Local Info Links,  Sandpoint Online or will be very helpful. Thank you for reading this-enjoy your visit-and may peace and good health be yours, enjoy the story below, gini


Ted H Bowers

Let’s build it, but wait…

Okay, you have a plan and you and your partner(s) are in agreement on the specifics. Does this mean you have a scale drawing of the project? If not, give consideration to doing that or even hiring it done. In our business, we are always happy to see something-anything on paper or a computer screen to guide us on a project. It saves a multitude of headaches and missteps and helps others who get involved understand your plan, such as electricians and plumbers. Something as simple as which way door swings will determine where a light switch goes or whether it will bump into a bathroom vanity. By creating a drawing you may discover needed changes or pleasant surprises. Anyway, if you live in a town that requires a building permit for your project, a drawing is a necessity. If you are building a new structure or making structural changes in an existing building, your drawing might need an engineer’s or licensed architect’s stamp (e.g. Sandpoint, Dover) the better the drawing, the smoother the process, from plan to permit to execution. For many years, I have done drawings for customer’s projects and still do occasionally but Increasingly, as regulation become stricter, we turn to professionals for this aspect. In most cases, the expense of hiring a pro winds up saving money and headaches in the long run, especially for jobs of even modest size.

You now have a plan, a drawing, a permit, materials, tools and time. Now let’s talk about process and safety. If you are digging a foundation, call for a dig. 811 is the number that will get the utility companies to your place to check for pipes and wires in the ground to be marked and avoided. Your safety is of course essential. Eyewear, hearing protection, gloves, back support are just a few basics. Caution tape or some sort of barrier to holes and other hazards is a good idea. Good ladders properly placed and used, climbing harnesses for working on roofs–but most importantly, constant awareness of the need for your and others’ safety. This means staying sober and alert while handling tools and materials, and being aware of other people’s needs for safety as well. It helps to talk about possible hazards arising on the day’s upcoming tasks, especially when moving on to another phase of construction requiring different processes, tools, materials etc. Read labels and learn about dealing with hazardous materials. Take the time to set up tools, ladders, and scaffolding properly. Oh, and here’ a good one–keep tools well maintained. Sharp blades are less likely to injure than dull ones. Grounded extension cords, blade guards on saws, sharp drill bits–all these contribute toward a safe and successful day of work. These safety tips I’m sharing are from experience of improper practice. I’ve spent time in doctor’s offices getting stitches and having chunks of wood and metal removed from my eyes. I’ve fallen off roofs and watched friends fall and sustain serious injuries–all of which could have been avoided, had we taken the time and thought to be safe.

Now, start building! And good luck! Ted Bowers