Feb 25, 2004, 8:19 AM
Post #8 of 8
One of the hardest things for someone familiar with construction techniques to adjust to is how the process usually works in Mexico.
In the Lake Chapala area, for example, most walls are built of brick, with rebar-reinforced footings, headers and columns. Windows are often cut/knocked out from a wall after it is built. Similarly, surface "trenches" are cut into the wall to make way for electrical conduit and plumbing lines that run up the walls. Stone walls will often be built without a rebar-reinforced foundation - which leads to cracks later on.
I recommend you come on down, and spend time just observing how things are built (you will be welcome to watch at just about any site), and learn how they do things. Then you can decide whether it's acceptable to you, or if you will need to train the workers you hire on better techniques. But you need to be eternally vigilant - the minute you turn your back, the workers will usually revert to what they know and are familiar with...8^).