I am working for a highly rated building developer now that I am out of school

I wasn’t sure if college was the right decision for me.

I considered being a car mechanic like my father, but he was always cynical about the future of his profession.

He hated how car manufacturers were making their systems both digital and proprietary, making automobiles even harder to repair for both the mechanic and the average Joe. This was a deliberate ploy to take business away from small-time auto mechanics, forcing automobile owners to leave their cars with the dealership mechanics whenever needing repairs or quick service. He always said that he found it incredibly disheartening to hear that many auto mechanic school graduates are encouraged to work for car dealerships if they want to survive in the industry. The pay might be better right out of school compared to a small business, but there aren’t exactly opportunities in the future for perpetual upward mobility. You could be stuck as an employee for the rest of your life, although that might be desirable for many people. I worry the same might happen with me as a construction worker. Granted, I managed to find a high paying job right out of trade school, but I wonder at what cost in the future? I want to own a business someday, but that’s becoming increasingly less likely as time goes on. Right now I am tasked with laying steel rebar tie wire and welding it into place with double loop wire ties before the concrete guys come in behind me. I’m glad that I’m getting invaluable welding experience, but working with steel rebar all day long can get a little monotonous after you’ve done it for several months straight.

 

Galvanized Rebar wire ties

My class is studying the different aspects of building design this month

I told my parents that I wanted to be like my grandfather before he started his landscape development company.

My mother’s father went to architecture school after being inspired by the gorgeous buildings he saw in Japan right after World War II when he was an Army Paratrooper.

He went to the big state university in the city where I was born, but he dropped out as a sophomore to start his own business. With my grandmother’s help and a small team of workers, he formed his initial business as a residential landscaper. His dreams were modest at the time, as he simply wanted to see his business through the path of success. As time went on and he obtained more clients, he reinvested the money he made directly back into the business itself. At first he was only doing residential landscaping, but soon he had commercial clients as well. Before he knew it, my grandfather was developing roads and plots of land for commercial and residential building projects. He created one of our city’s most beloved parks, although the name of the beneficiary is the one you will see on the sign these days. Right now I’m in an engineering class going over aspects of building and bridge development design, in particular rebar tie wire and concrete structures. It’s important for bridges, roads, and sidewalks to keep concrete from crumbling under the pressures of weight, weather, and humidity. Corrosion resistant steel rebar tie wire is important in places where the rebar is potentially exposed to water and salt, leading to rust in shorter spans of time.

 

rebar tie wire made in USA

Rebar wire in concrete slab patios keep cracks from spreading and getting bigger

I like learning new DIY skills through various home improvement projects.

It gives me both a source and excuse for practicing things like wood working, electrical wiring, and basic plumbing.

I built a large awning for our back porch last year and my wife has been making positive comments about it ever since. When that project was complete, I then built a wooden fence to wrap the entirety of our backyard. While my brother was enthusiastic about helping me put a new roof on the house this summer when the weather is pleasant, I told him that I’d feel more comfortable getting a professional roofing company for a job like that. I’m happy to learn as much as possible so I can do whatever job—within reason—without needing professional help. At the same time, I have my limits like anyone else. But I told him that I’d be happy to use his help on a different project altogether. I wanted a new concrete patio for the front of my house to replace the old one here that is broken and falling apart. I asked a concrete specialist and he told me that its state is due to a lack of rebar wire as structural support. I had no idea that rebar tie wire was so important for concrete structural stability. I learned that any concrete thicker than five inches should have rebar inside to prevent cracking. If any cracks form, a product like black annealed rebar tie wire will stop the cracks from spreading and worsening with time. Both black annealed and stainless steel rebar tie wire are corrosion resistant.

 

Zinc coated Double loop rebar ties

It’s great that our condo building was made with almost all America made materials

It wasn’t my plan to downsize after retiring, in fact I always dreamed about having a large house on a huge plot of land.

I saw my kids growing older, moving away, having families of their own, and bringing their children back home to the property to play like they did when they were that age.

But at some point, my wife and I both realized that we were living beyond our means and with more junk than we needed or could ever conceivably use. When she proposed the idea of selling this house and moving down south into a beach condo, she was already convinced I would react poorly. She was so worried about my reaction that she almost didn’t tell me, but I surprised her when I immediately agreed with her and smiled. My wife was right, we were living beyond a life that was adequate for us both, and it took admitting that we needed a serious change to get to a place where we could finally let go of the past and all of the junk we’ve accumulated over the years. The only worry I had at first was the long term stability of some of the condo buildings along the coastal beaches down south, but our building was constructed with mostly all American made materials, in particular the concrete and the stainless steel rebar tie wire forming the structural skeleton. It’s important to make any buildings exposed to moisture and salt corrosion resistant, which starts with the kind of steel rebar tie wire used. Stainless steel, galvanized and black annealed rebar tie wire are much more resistant to corrosion than basic steel rebar tie wire.

 

 

Rod wire made in USA

My brother is stressed out because his company needs supplies but can’t get them

I’m extremely happy to see my brother excelling as a small business owner here in our home town.

Back in our younger years, I worried about his reckless behavior and how it would eventually affect his future.

He had a group of friends that would go out and drink away their weekends until slinking back to their apartments while blacked out in a drunken stupor. It wasn’t that he was lazy or lacking in any goals, hopes, or dreams—it was watching my brother follow down the same path that led to our father’s death by liver failure only six years prior. Thankfully my brother met an amazing woman who inspired him to change his habits and stop drinking recklessly every single day of the week. He stopped drinking daily, then only once a week, before switching to once a month and ending with no alcohol whatsoever. He’s clean now and running a building supply company. He sells primarily concrete and steel rebar tie wire supplies to contractors from all over the state. He’s really stressed out right now because he’s short on type 304 and type 316 stainless steel rebar tie wire and double loop wire ties. His supplier is able to give him galvanized and zinc coated steel rebar tie wire, but the types 304 and 316 stainless steel are out of stock from all of the supply companies that he has in his contacts book. I’m trying to help him find a new supplier for stainless steel rebar tie wire, especially 14 gauge and 16 gauge rebar tie wire coils.

16 gauge stainless steel tie wire

I want to build a new footbridge leading into my small koi pond out back

At some point in the last few years, I lost any sort of restraint when it came to my backyard and the improvements and projects therein.

It started with the metal-frame swimming pool and the large wooden deck that I built around it.

I even built a water slide for my kids to use, which has become a huge hit among their friends that come over and spend time at our place. But since we live on 20 acres of land and have a huge backyard as a result, I definitely didn’t stop with the above-ground swimming pool. Once the pool was complete, we then worked on a small soccer field with two full-sized goals. My kids have all been interested in soccer from a young age, as it’s the same sport I played when I was a child as well. After my wife and I finally completed these two projects, I told her I wanted to do something for myself. For years I have wanted a small koi pond wherever I have lived. Even though we were renting before we purchased this property, I used to dream about digging a large hole in the backyard to put in a koi pond that I could simply remove after moving away. However, I never convinced myself that it was worth the trouble. But since we own the current property and don’t face any deed restrictions in this area, I was able to slowly build my koi pond whichever way I wanted it to look. This includes a new footbridge that will be like a small pier so I can walk to the center of the water and sit down in peace. The wooden pier itself will be attached to a concrete block that will be its base. I decided to use rebar tie wire and a bunch of wire ties to get better structural stability. Since it will face water and moisture exposure, I want to use stainless steel rebar tie wire.

Wire ties

Some building materials have been outlawed over the years for various reasons

The corrosion can spread into areas where the epoxy coating remains intact, making it harder to diagnose the areas that need repair

I understand that building materials are often outlawed after decades of widespread use, often growing out of a former misunderstanding of the safety and danger in long term human exposure. This happened in the late 1980s with the Montreal Protocol and the widespread agreement to outlaw the use of harmful refrigerants and propellants that were causing serious ozone depletion at the time. Nowadays you cannot buy freshly manufactured R22 coolant for air conditioners, only new-old-stock. Most heating and cooling suppliers and businesses will recommend HVAC systems that utilize other, safer forms of refrigerant that don’t deplete the ozone like R22. While not necessarily an environmental concern, epoxy coated rebar is being banned and re-evaluated in a number of areas because of what happens during its application in construction projects. While shown to be amazingly resistant to corrosion during tests, epoxy coated rebar tie wire will only perform as designed if it is handled with extreme care and diligence. But the reality is that during packaging and handling, knicks and burs the size of pin holes will form in the epoxy coating, which will let moisture seap inside and corrode the metal from underneath. The corrosion can spread into areas where the epoxy coating remains intact, making it harder to diagnose the areas that need repair. There are other options these days for corrosion-resistant rebar tie wire. Various gauge galvanized, stainless steel, and black annealed steel rebar tie wire are available for a number of different building applications. While epoxy coated rebar tie wire might not be banned in your area, you might want to consider other options for long term structural stability.

 

Rod wire made in USA

There are solutions for rust-resistant rebar wire in coastal construction applications

I moved to the ocean after years of living up north and subjecting myself to worsening winter freezes.

Temperatures at negative thirty degrees fahrenheit are no joke, especially when the wind chill is even colder than that.

I asked myself how much more of this I could subject myself to before losing my mind of freezing to death some winter because I become incapable of keeping the house warm enough through spring. Even with this very-real possibility in the forefront of my mind, it took me a number of years to at last convince myself that I should sell my house and buy a beach condominium somewhere down south. I was worried that all of the condos for sale down south are made with foreign materials that aren’t certified domestic or made in the USA. However, I found an amazing building company that marketed their American-made philosophy above and before anything else. They talked about using certified domestic concrete and steel rebar tie wire in the condo buildings that they construct. Their American-made steel rebar tie wire is galvanized and rust-resistant, making it ideal for coastal construction applications like beach condominiums. They spent years finding the best steel rebar tie wire manufacturers before choosing the certified domestic dealer they operate with currently. It makes me feel better about throwing my money into a condo if I know that the building isn’t going to crumble with me inside of it randomly in the middle of the night. I want to know that it’s going to last for all of the years that I intend on living inside of it.

 

Forming wire made in USA