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    Are You a Stupid Contractor or a Craftsman?

    If you follow me on C.T., you know that I have a reputation for picking on the “stupid contractors” so the rest of us good contractors can have a good laugh. But the truth is (at least over here in Connecticut) many homeowners, business owners, and our potential clients fear that they will be stuck working with a stupid contractor. ... Read More

    by Brian MainMan on August 09, 2011Comments (19)
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    5 Ways To Bring More Light Into Your Home

    Ever found yourself having to switch on the lights during the day since certain parts of your home are too dark and dull? Perhaps, you need to work on ways to improve your home’s lighting. A dark home can appear lifeless and make you feel down especially in those cold winter months. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to brighten up a roo... Read More

    by KitchenAndBath on November 14, 2017Comments (0)
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    7 Reasons Why You Should Install Your Hardwood Floor Before Cabinets

    When remodelling your kitchen, you can install hardwood flooring before or after the cabinets. Most contractors will advise you to install hardwood flooring first. There are several reasons for this.  1.     Flexibility When Changing Cabinet Footprint Cabinet styles change everyday and you may need to make several chan... Read More

    by KitchenAndBath on November 08, 2017Comments (1)
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    What do you specialize in?

    Can you answer this question in one simple sentence? It's a very difficult question. I'm not asking what you do for a living, I'm asking you what you specialize in? If a customer finds you on google and clicks on your website for the first time what do they see in the first few seconds? What do they feel? Do they just see a company that does r... Read More

    by Oconomowoc on November 14, 2011Comments (16)
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    Success = ? (Part 2)

    [In part 1, I introduced my equation for success: S=EP(R+T) + 1000/L. Or in words: Success = EffortPassion * (Risk + Talent) + 1000/Luck. I explained the role of Luck. Now in Part 2 I discuss the middle term: (Risk + Talent).] Risk + Talent. Together these variables are as important as anything else in the equation. But, interestingly, you ... Read More

    by Tim Garrison PE on September 02, 2011Comments (5)
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    With Hope In One Hand (and your caulk in the other)

    For many years I’ve been an advocate of any blog, article, web site, or TV program that promotes the stewardship of old and/or historic homes.You can often find good information and some great advice as to maintenance and upkeep for these delicate and sometimes fragile fabrics that make these places so special. Sometimes these repairs can ... Read More

    by Jason Whipple on December 17, 2011Comments (3)
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    The Garrison Brothers On Decks Done Right

    My brother Mark and I recently taped a TV show for PBS in the Bay Area, CA on decks. We discuss that there's a lot more to a deck than most people think. We also touch on foundations and drainage issues. If you're into this sort of thing, Mark and I have three more construction-related shows posted on my blog. Read More

    by Tim Garrison PE on March 17, 2013Comments (0)
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    Pros & Cons: Dump Trailers vs. Dumpster Rentals

    *Please note, I work for the corporate office of Bin There Dump That, but I will examine contractors needs objectively. Here's the deal...As contractors, you all have a need to get rid of waste at your job sites. Your options are limited. They consist of: There's only enough construction debris to fill up the back of your pick up bed Yo... Read More

    by BTDTBinRentals on August 29, 2017Comments (6)
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    Facebook Schmacebook?

    Do you Facebook? Can ‘Facebook’ be used as a verb? “Yo, Vinnie, you wanna know what’s in my secret barbeque sauce? Tell you what, I’ll Facebook it tomorrow. Check it out.” ‘Google’ became a verb; why not ‘Facebook’? Anything that goes from noun to verb, globally, should be paid atten... Read More

    by Tim Garrison PE on October 27, 2011Comments (6)
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    Choosing the Right Tile and Grout Restoration Solution

    The difficulties of keeping a tile and grout floor clear are caused from the porous nature but thankfully, recent technology in restoration makes it possible to have a tile and grout floor that is structurally sound but unattractive, look like new once again and the process will also make it easier to clean and maintain than the original. This i... Read More

    by SaniGLAZE on October 11, 2012Comments (0)
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