I finnaly found a way to compete with the hacks/ illegals. About 2 months ago i decided to go out on my own and started working as a punchout/ lchange order carpenter for a few local custom builders. The moneys not bad but some of the things i find really make me wonder. No bridging blocks on sheathing, wrong size headers with 1" plus gaps to the king stud, stair sets with 3/4" difference in rise, exact 3'0/6'8 opening for a 3'0/6'8 door the list goes on and on. The upside is theres no shortage of work lol. Im doing two houses a week on average and theres no end in sight. Oh and one more thing i'd think builders would expect better quality on a million plus dollar home but all they seem to care about is getting them built as fast and cheap as possible.