Structural steel fabrication is the building and construction of structures by many bending, cutting, and assembling processes.  These processes are very complex, and a very magnificent thing to watch. 

Bending is done by hammering the steel until it goes to whatever shape it is that is desired. Bending is done so that the structure that is needed, which will be the end result of all the work that goes into it, can have all of the right parts and shapes of metal that it needs to be held together. 

Cutting can be done in many ways, the most commonly known way being to saw through the metal. There are other ways, like shearing, chiseling, torching, and torching with numerical control cutters, using a laser, mill bits, torch, or a water jet. 

Assembly, obviously, is the joining of the pieces that were just cut and bent to the shape and length needed to fit the structure that will come from the assembly. Assembly is usually done by welding, binding with super strong adhesives, threaded fasteners, riveting, or even more bending in the form of a crimped seam. Sheet metal and structural steel are usually the beginning materials for fabrication, as they are sturdy elements that will not just collapse in the human hand and ruin the entire project. 

Steel and metal are materials that have been trusted by humans for a long time, for its sturdiness and promise to never fall apart. As with all other complicated manufacturing processes, both automation machines and human labor are used to do all of these things with the steel and metal. Some of the steps that must be taken in order to build whatever it it is that needs to be built from all of the steel and metal, can be very dangerous. 

This is why humanity created these fancy machines that have the ability to do almost anything that is required to build a sound structure. While the machines don’t actually build the structures themselves, they can help with the welding and any other shaping that may have to be done to the steel or metal. These machines can really come in handy when you don’t have a hand.  Machine shops and fabrication shops have overlapping capabilities, but fabrication shops usually work on the metal preparation and assembly, as was described above. 

Machine shops also cut metal, but they are more concerned with the machining of parts on machine tools.

When most people are asked, what the first thing that happens when you begin to build your own house, many will say you dig the foundations. But long before this procedure occurs and the digger has been switched on there are many steps to plan ahead of any construction effort. The first thing you will need to ask yourself is whether you have the budget to support the project, and if the answer is yes, how will you plan that budget so that all the cost and expenditure are spent wisely.

There is a strong possibility that you will need to go to your bank and request a mortgage or construction loan. It is never too early to find out how much your bank or lender is prepared to lend you and what figure you should qualify to get.

The second stage of the build should be to choose your location. Find out which plot you want and if there is one available in the area where you want to build. You must understand certain conditions such as the condition of the soil, does the area have good drainage, does it flood regularly and what are the building regulations imposed by the local authority that you must adhere to. Some local authorities insist that no home can be built higher than one storey or have laws that demand a home covers a maximum of 25 percent of the whole plot, allowing for the plot to be mainly garden.

The next stage is to line up your team of professionals. You will need designers, constructors like a bricklayer, labourers, carpenters and plumbers at various points in the timescale of your home construction.

The fourth step in building your own home should be the plan of your home. If you look at a catalogue of various and popular home designs you will notice that there are about ten or so stock designs that are built. Look for the one you wish to have a stick to that plan.

The final stage in building your own home has to be where you negotiate a contract with the builder, contractor, designer and architect. They will all get involved at some stage of the contract negotiations and will be asked to submit their signatures to the paperwork as well as your own. Do not forget to amend the contract if plans are changed half way through the house build. 

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