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    Quality, Service or Low Price; Pick two.

    Have you ever heard “You can have a quality job, great service or low price; but pick only two.”? That’s something I have heard many years ago from a colleague and have repeated it several times when explaining to my customers why my pricing was higher than the competitors.  In this case I was justifying my business mode... Read More

    by Grumpy on April 28, 2011Comments (7)
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    WIndow and door flashing

      My business has transitioned from cabinets and built-ins to include wood rot repair and exterior trim repair and replacement. Over the past few years I have begun to realize that a good number of my wood rot jobs are a result of poorly flashed windows and doors to no flashing at all. My question to you all is. Do you know of a source ie.... Read More

    by PapaMike on April 28, 2011Comments (3)
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    Free Advice Makes Me Nervous

    I get lots of emails asking for structural advice - which is great - I welcome them. However, it’s hard for me to offer detailed advice without having seen a drawing or plan.  Everyone, myself included, likes free advice. We all have nagging questions about things in which we are not experts. Things that if we guess wrong will cost u... Read More

    by Tim Garrison PE on April 28, 2011Comments (3)
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    Making collections a matter of fact…

    If you’re anything like me you hate making those calls to collect past due balances. I spend alot of time with each customer building raport and getting to know them, that when the time comes I have an emotional connection. Then, when the collections don’t get made the situation can boil over and the stuff can really hit the f... Read More

    by Grumpy on April 28, 2011Comments (6)
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    You can't get quality from a subcontractor... or can you?

    There is a thought that when a company chooses to use a subcontractor to provide service, quality will ineherintly suffer. However this thought is simply not true. McDonalds uses subcontractors to bake their English McMuffins. I think anyone who has had more than one Egg McMuffin from McDonalds can agree they taste the same time and time agai... Read More

    by Grumpy on April 28, 2011Comments (1)
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    Microscopic Bacteria Gloeocapsa Magma

    Gloeocapsa magama is growing on your roof – just because you can’t see it yet, doesn’t mean it isn’t there! Asphalt, tile or metal roofs are not immune to this invasive pest that appears to be dark stains creeping up a roof. Gloeocapsa magma is a species of cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria are an ancient line of photosynthesi... Read More

    by MD Roof Cleaner on April 28, 2011Comments (1)
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    Kitchen Secrets, we'll keep it clean!

    Cleaning Secrets To clean your dishwasher interior:  run one complete cycle using Tang in the dish detergent dispenser.  (without the dishes!)   To clean the inside of your microwave:  place a few wet paper towels inside and run the appliance for 3-5 minutes.  The steam will loosen grime and grease.  L... Read More

    by grandedecor on April 28, 2011Comments (0)
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    There is a solution for that old kitchen grid lighting in your Home or Condominium!

    It's a common dilemma among condo and homeowners all over the country. The ugly out dated grid lighting system in your clients home or condo. Whether your client is trying to sell, remodeling or they are looking for a more modern update. This process that I have developed will turn any of these eyesore's into a show piec... Read More

    by Sir Mixalot on April 27, 2011Comments (15)
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    Questions to ask when renting office space.

    Questions to ask when renting office space. When renting office space it is important that you have all the information you need to make an educated decision. Below are some common questions which will determine if the space you are interested in, is right for you. How many square feet is the space? Is that rentable or actual Square feet? W... Read More

    by Grumpy on April 27, 2011Comments (0)
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    Do your call backs Folks! Rehash old leads...

    A Sale's never dead until you see your competitor installing it. Recently I sent out an email blast to let people know I disconnected the toll free number. This blast went out to everyone and anyone who has ever requested an estimate from me. I automatically add them to my mailing list. (They have the option to remove themselves). From this... Read More

    by Grumpy on April 27, 2011Comments (3)
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