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Learn and engage
Self builders are generally already aware of many of the natural laws – such as gravity (Mind that loose roof tile!), or chemistry (Don’t let that cement in over your boots), or physics (Do avoid cutting through the electricity main).
They also know about the Laws of the Realm, such as Highways (You can’t leave that skip on the road overnight without lights and a permit), or Planning Laws (You can’t alter a listed building inside or out without listed building consent), or the laws governing health & safety (You must provide toilet and hand-washing facilities for your subbies).
And self builders are bound to have encountered Parkinson’s Law – that work expands to fill the time available for its completion (and that’s putting it mildly when it comes to self building). They certainly won’t be ignorant of Murphy’s Law – "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong".
However, there is also the Law of Unintended Consequences, which likes to lurk, waiting to trip everybody up, stab you in the back, or bite you in the rear. It is possibly the best camouflaged law in existence, but if you know it’s there, longing to get you, you can take steps to avoid it. This is where learning from the experiences of others really pays off. I have been collecting some examples, which include the following:
I am sure there are many more examples of case history for this particularly exasperating law out there, so if you have any to share, please send them to BADSBA.