DEAR TIM: Yesterday I stopped by my new house that’s under construction. I go there at the end of each day to take photos. I saw a strange board nailed across the wall studs that surely is a mistake. It ran diagonally from the bottom wall plate up the wall to one corner of the wall. I don’t see how the builder is going to install drywall over this. What’s it for, and is it important? I was tempted to remove it thinking that the carpenters made a mistake. Would you install this board as you build a new home? – Dan V., Austin, Texas DEAR DAN: I want to congratulate you on checking on the progress of your new home each day. That’s a smart idea. By doing this you can catch errors and omissions in the construction process. Taking photos, thousands of them, is also very smart. Even if you have no idea what you’re taking a photo of, do it nonetheless. These photos can be very handy down the road if someone needs to look at how your home was put together.
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