Thanks for the kind words. We are amateurs for sure, but I work at home depot so Im exposed to alot of great information all day. My wife bought us a book called ''The big how-to book'' It has tons of info and pics to look at to make sure your doing the job right. We have refered to said book alot so far, and Im sure we will continue that trend.
I dont know so much about endless energy.
Im feeling the effects of a 2day straight sprint on the house still today. It does help though that we can keep pushing ourselves without much worry. My wife is a driving force behind this storm.
I dont know what a running trap is, but I will research that. The way our drain is setup it has a 3ft drop from the unit to the ground. Wouldnt this work like a p-trap, or does it need the down-over-up to retain some water as a blockage for said bugs, and snakes in our case.
I knew treated should go on the slab, and now that I look back I should have put a double stud horizontal under the window. We are using lightweight aluminum windows though so we should be ok for weight.
I am going to brace the wall with a diagonal 2x4 running from the top left corner to the bottom right corner. I have been told this will reduce twisting, just incase another Katrina comes our way.
We also plan to install hurricane straps on the roof joists, and tie them into the exterior wall headers. Found out last night that we need to install a larger ridge cap, ours only has a hangover of about 1.5in so rain can blow back into the house, and it has. We cannot hang any new drywall or anything till this has been corrected.
I also broke the water supply last night while removing the subfloor, that took most of the evening to fix, so no pics today. Ill get more this evening and post them tonight.