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Forum: Tools & Equipment 12-18-2014, 10:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,397
Posted By dougchips
If you don't sell it....take it to a scrap yard...

If you don't sell it....take it to a scrap yard and get some $$.

On a side note...I've had great luck switching people over to Azek because I hate to bend coil and can communicate my love for PVC...
Forum: Business 12-18-2014, 09:57 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 15,622
Posted By dougchips
OP- you learned more than one lesson! Forget...

OP- you learned more than one lesson! Forget the Indian part of the lesson....they are good people and if you want to earn their business you will master parts of their culture. Focus on:
1. Not...
Forum: General Discussion 05-17-2012, 10:24 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 12,088
Posted By dougchips
I subbed for HD for 13-14 years (3-4 stores) and...

I subbed for HD for 13-14 years (3-4 stores) and Blowes for 5? years (10+ stores). Whatever I made I paid out around 70% to sub most of the work out employing 10 give or take subs. The 30% profit...
Forum: Technology 05-17-2012, 09:34 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,941
Posted By dougchips
Congrats on the purchase! Others summed it up...

Congrats on the purchase! Others summed it up rather well but I'll add:

1. Stay out of the auto mode, it's like the homeowner mode (think homeowners guessing at miters). Start with AP mode and...
Forum: Painting & Finish Work 12-25-2010, 05:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 27,891
Posted By dougchips
To expand on the mirror suggestion, how about one...

To expand on the mirror suggestion, how about one of the bent ones that distorts images like at the kids theme parks? The tiny dog would look in and see a giant dog and run and hide in fear. Either...
Forum: Vehicles 12-17-2010, 11:55 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 8,374
Posted By dougchips
My 2 cents: Every 3-5 years I buy a new truck or...

My 2 cents: Every 3-5 years I buy a new truck or box truck and have a $400 a month payment. Once I trade the truck in I start over with another $400 payment, it's a cycle.

For me (your mileage...
Forum: Windows, Siding and Doors 12-02-2010, 10:49 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 17,182
Posted By dougchips
I know the question was not directed at me but...

I know the question was not directed at me but I'll chip in my 2 cents.

I love doing 3 things in the evening:

1. Spending time with my kids.
2. Selling jobs.
3. Relaxing.

Publishing my...
Forum: Windows, Siding and Doors 12-02-2010, 10:37 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 17,182
Posted By dougchips
Let me see if I can explain my thoughts about...

Let me see if I can explain my thoughts about value and why that can justify higher prices...even prices over $1000. Let's say contractor A and contractor B both buy the same window for $300 and pay...
Forum: General Discussion 11-22-2010, 07:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,108
Posted By dougchips
PVC can be re chipped and used again but to the...

PVC can be re chipped and used again but to the best of my knowledge it is only being done at factories and not at our local dumps. Going back to the early 90's I worked at a place that would re...
Forum: General Discussion 11-22-2010, 07:30 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,868
Posted By dougchips
Correct! You win the prize of being in business...

Correct! You win the prize of being in business with clients while the rude people hunt for leads. :thumbup:
Forum: Windows, Siding and Doors 11-14-2010, 07:56 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 117,750
Posted By dougchips
If you have the 80" don't use the installer who...

If you have the 80" don't use the installer who wanted a special order sized door. 80" means a z-bar cut of 79.75 which sort of pushes the limits of a stock size but it can be done or that top trim...
Forum: Marketing & Sales 06-14-2010, 11:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,475
Posted By dougchips
That's a hard question to answer...... Have...

That's a hard question to answer......

Have you ever been out at a bar with an ugly friend that can pick up women like a movie star? If so, did you have the nads to try the same lines? With...
Forum: Windows, Siding and Doors 05-17-2010, 07:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 30,430
Posted By dougchips
20-40 minutes on average for an install...

20-40 minutes on average for an install (depending on model/brand).

Extra 5 minutes for a buildout/buildin.

Extra 20 minutes for a double 5/4 buildout (sidelights) and that includes a coat of...
Forum: Lead RRP Discussion 05-14-2010, 04:14 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,729
Posted By dougchips
"would postpone implementation until...

"would postpone implementation until accreditation classes were held for a period of at least one year."

Horrible idea IMO. I took my course back in November and have yet to do a job where I get...
Forum: General Discussion 05-07-2010, 09:15 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,889
Posted By dougchips
Kit lens:no: IMO good glass will you sharper...

Kit lens:no: IMO good glass will you sharper images, a fixed aperture (generally 2.8), the ability to shoot in lower light, faster shutter speeds... and the list goes on and on. Rent a 24-70 2.8...
Forum: Marketing & Sales 04-02-2010, 09:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,617
Posted By dougchips
My opinions: 1. The old school "one day...

My opinions:

1. The old school "one day sale", "first visit discount", and all of the other stuff that worked in the past does not work well....at least in my market. Assuming you are not the...
Forum: Marketing & Sales 03-22-2010, 01:20 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,682
Posted By dougchips
A few years ago I would insist that all decisions...

A few years ago I would insist that all decisions makers were there to meet me. In the past year I've done a 180 and will run one leggers with a smile on my face.

Best case= I get the job...
Forum: General Discussion 03-16-2010, 07:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,820
Posted By dougchips
$1200.......save up some more money! Course...

$1200.......save up some more money!

Course and test $300 (now it's cheaper)
EPA fee $300
plastic,tape, mops, cleaner, spray bottles and other misc start up supplies $ 300
Shop vac $400-$900...
Forum: General Discussion 02-17-2010, 06:30 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,849
Posted By dougchips
How do your clients feel about your ability to...

How do your clients feel about your ability to select your vendors?



BTW, the coffee is better at Home Depot so bring your own if you go to Lowes.......other than that and the color of the...
Forum: Windows, Siding and Doors 01-20-2010, 09:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 14,679
Posted By dougchips
They sell a good product and I'm glad they are in...

They sell a good product and I'm glad they are in my market. If I woke up in the morning and all of the $200 a window crackheads vanished and were replaced by Newpro-ish companies it would be a...
Forum: Windows, Siding and Doors 12-20-2009, 11:52 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 34,371
Posted By dougchips
I can't wait to turn pro then so I can save a few...

I can't wait to turn pro then so I can save a few pennies every job and use fiberglass:jester:

On another note, if I measure correctly I can get around 12-15 windows properly foamed from one can...
Forum: Marketing & Sales 11-02-2009, 09:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,403
Posted By dougchips
Yes. The real question is what would prompt...

Yes.

The real question is what would prompt them to pay around $60 for an annual membership so they can rate you. You can't offer to pay their membership fee or Angie's list will brand you as...
Forum: Business 08-24-2009, 10:47 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,406
Posted By dougchips
Chris, I was going to suggest a nice long sail to...

Chris, I was going to suggest a nice long sail to sort things out but I see you just did that. I still race sailboats once a week to take my mind off of work and it works wonders, try to get out a...
Forum: Landscaping 07-28-2009, 12:03 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 10,084
Posted By dougchips
I've hired 3 different companies to clear trees...

I've hired 3 different companies to clear trees from my property in the past and it ranged from $300-$800 per tree if my memory is correct.

A couple things to clear up before you start;

1. ...
Forum: Carpentry 07-27-2009, 09:13 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 24,591
Posted By dougchips
LOL, this thread has some of my pictures doing a...

LOL, this thread has some of my pictures doing a buildout on a 4 9/16th" jamb. http://www.contractortalk.com/f4/anyone-know-where-i-can-find-stormdoor-door-side-lights-24990/

It's funny that we...
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