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    "Painting Contractor's" Do you re-use your Paint Thinner/Mineral Spirits?

    Do you re-use your Paint Thinner/Mineral Spirits I try and re-use it and re-use it, then I strain the sludge. Repeat.No paying to recycle, saves lot's of $$$ money and cut's down on my footprint on the environment. Scrap thinner that's been sitting for about 30 day's.   This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the ... Read More

    by Sir Mixalot on May 05, 2011Comments (2)
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    "Top 5 Reasons why Contractors should recycle their left over materials and containers"

    "Top 5 Reasons why Peck Drywall and Painting Recycles in Brevard County,Florida" Recycling Saves Natural Resources - By making products from recycled materials instead of new materials, we conserve land and reduce the need to drill for oil and dig for minerals. Recycling Saves Energy - It usually takes less energy to make recycled produ... Read More

    by Sir Mixalot on May 05, 2011Comments (6)
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    Planning for the slooow times in your business.

    Planning for the slooow times in your business.  We’ve all hit those bumps in the road where business slows down and it leaves us scrambling to find work. After the total uncomfort of the situation I’ve really decided not to let it happen again.  Planning for the slow times revolves around anticipating those times. This c... Read More

    by Grumpy on May 04, 2011Comments (1)
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    The Mysterious Disappearing Cypress

    The elderly woman’s voice on the other end of the phone said, “Hello? Is this Mr. Garrison, the engineer?” “Yes,” I replied, “thank you for calling. How may I help you today?” “Well, it’s my plant, you see. It disappeared. A lovely Dwarf Cypress, it was, in a 15 gallon pot. I went to water ... Read More

    by Tim Garrison PE on May 04, 2011Comments (5)
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    2011 Tax Credit for Installing Energy Efficient Replacement Windows & Doors

    The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of  2010, signed into law on December 17, 2010, extends certain tax credits for qualifying energy efficient doors and windows in Cincinnati.  FAQs: What windows and doors are eligible for the credit?Windows and exterior doors that meet the ENERGY STAR r... Read More

    by ReVisionsWindow on May 04, 2011Comments (0)
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    A Man of Many failures

    Alot has changed since my first post here at ContractorTalk. Back then it was the contractor chat room.  This guy, Nate was his name, sent me an email after reading one of my posts on another forum suggesting this cool new website.  How could I resist but take a look?  I've been hooked ever since. I was one of the first to sign u... Read More

    by Grumpy on May 01, 2011Comments (24)
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    Don’t let the tale wag the dog. Don’t spend money you don’t have!

    Letting “The tale wag the dog” is an expression which refers to someone allowing their hopes and dreams to dictate their decisions.  It can also be called “getting in over your head”, or just let’s plain call it what it is… Don’t spend money you don’t have (yet). There is definetly something... Read More

    by Grumpy on May 01, 2011Comments (4)
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    Ready for May 2011 - A Naperville & Chicago area painters blog

    Hi.  I plan to use this as my chance to occasionally share my views on the painting business.  This is written for customers, do it yourself homeowners, and customers.  So this has been a miserable April. unless you're a duck  Cold weather plus rain.  An exterior painter's nighhtmare.  To be safe you need the ... Read More

    by Your Painters on April 30, 2011Comments (3)
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    How much should I charge?

    I'm asked all the time by colleagues what they should charge to replace a roof.  Really I couldn’t give him the answer of what HE should charge. I do know what I would charge, I also know what many of my competitors are charging.  But our prices are meaningless to his question.  Be very careful of the “going rate&... Read More

    by Grumpy on April 30, 2011Comments (3)
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    How to pay a salesman?

    So you are considering hiring someone to sell for your business? You’re not sure how they should be compensated? Asking how to compensate a sales rep is something many contractors have asked me time and time again. The way I see it: It can be done one of three ways. 1) Commission (net sale) only.2) Profit sharing (gross profit).3) Salary ... Read More

    by Grumpy on April 30, 2011Comments (0)
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