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Old 03-21-2007, 09:54 PM   #121
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Walking around with my framing hatchet too LOL. They must think I'm crazy.
my dad went to do some finish work and walked in with his smooth face frammer, and the homeowner said "oh my that's a big hammer" Opps
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Old 03-22-2007, 10:05 PM   #122
 
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never let your help get to friendly with your H.o
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Old 03-22-2007, 10:44 PM   #123
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check first with your dumb**s buddy- Never ever trust your buddy- the same dumb**s buddy ? Nick H, you gotta find a smarter buddy
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check first with your dumb**s buddy- Never ever trust your buddy- the same dumb**s buddy ? Nick H, you gotta find a smarter buddy
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never let your help get to friendly with your H.o

I'm almost reluctant to ask why, but why?

I try to refrain from becoming buddies with dumbazz's

What did your help "DO" to the HO?
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:19 AM   #125
 
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Sorry Ted my bad. I shouldn'ta said it quite like that. It's a business thing someone told me long ago. They made the comparison to McDonalds. "They sell hamburgers and look at them".

I think if you're happy with your work, then you will make enough money, whether you're a handyman, framer, or cabinet installer (which is what I'm doing now and actually enjoying it).



shoulda said that too. always carpenter pencils for me. I'm even using them on the cabinets for the crown. Walking around with my framing hatchet too LOL. They must think I'm crazy.
No biggie. I knew what you meant, just had to clarify. Actually I about 70% carpenter and 30% everything else, which seems to come with the territory when doing mostly small jobs.

As for carpenter's pencils, I used 'em even when I was building custom stairs. Another stair guy asked how I could use those big pencils, which side of the line I should cut on? I replied 'the center'. I like a line I can see, a tip that doesn't break, and a pencil that doesn't roll away when I lay it down.

Also, I want my pencils painted. These unpainted carpenters pencils have been cropping up lately, like carpenters are so into wood that they want a natural finish on their pencils. Blends in real well with all the wood scraps laying around. I like my pencils painted orange or yellow, and if they don't come that way I'll paint them myself.
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Old 03-26-2007, 12:13 AM   #126
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Concrete. You work it or it works you.

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Old 03-27-2007, 01:10 AM   #127
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Always Trust your plumb over the Level.....
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I don't like using wet shims because they're more difficult to cut and they shrink as they dry. That's why I buy them in advance and break open the bundles. Store them in a 5 gallon bucket or a box. That way they're nice and dry when I need them.
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Carry some plasters in your wallet for when you cut yourself

Buy some Montrail Enduro Soles for your work boots!

Keep your plastic packers, wedges in nylon stuff sacks!

get a 10" DMT duosharp wetstone as they take up less room in your tool box

Ditch your fancy citizen eco watch and just use your mobile for the time as vibration from tools can damage it

Get insurance for your mobile and keep the number you should ring incase of theft in your wallet!

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Old 03-29-2007, 03:29 PM   #130
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Dab a little silicone caulk on your left thumb when you want to count your money. The bills don't slip and you don't have to keep licking your thumb. Now, I'm not going by experience(as I have no money), just from what I've heard.
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Old 03-29-2007, 08:15 PM   #131
 
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Top-Ten things that you’ve got a lousy contractor.

  • If he wants to get paid cash, then you might have a .. Lousy contactor.
  • If someone else is pulling the permit, then you might have a .. lousy contractor.
  • If he pulls his tools from the trunk of his Toyota Corrola, then you might have a lousy contractor.
  • If, when you ask how much it costs, and he says “how much you spending?”, then you might have a lousy contractor.
  • If you hear babies crying in the background when he answers the phone, then you might have a .. lousy contractor.
  • If he can’t open a PDF attachment in an e-mail, then you might have a .. Lousy contractor.
  • If he wants to go to home depot to get 20 feet of additional wiring or piping, then you might have a .. Lousy contactor.
  • If his bid is 50% lower than everyone, then you might have a .. Lousy contactor.
  • If he wants the job on a time-and-material basis, then you might have a... lousy contractor.
  • If he cannot issue a copy of his license and insurance at time of bid with numbers to call for verification, then you might have a .. Lousy contactor.
Sorry, it is over 50 words. Good for all the HO's out there.
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we really don't underestimate or anything, but a lot of people seems to think when someone bids somewhat considerably lower than you, they are automatically lousy contractor. This is not true at least in our office. If I have one truck, two employees and you have fleet of trucks and tools have 10 people orking out of a big office, I can bid lower than you almost everytime. There is a lot of guys out there that jumps into all kinds of expenses before they finish their first addition.
I am just saying.
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The circuit is NEVER off until YOU verify it is off. It's YOUR life. Yes, 120v can kill.
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Always be on time for your appointments!

Call the customer about a half an hour before your appointment. That way you know they remember you have the appointment, and you know they are home. I think it also adds to your credibility and professionalism.

If you think you are going to be even a couple of minutes late give them a call, people are usually pleasantly surprised.
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Old 03-30-2007, 10:07 AM   #135
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On a parking lot paving contract, I got 3 bids. The lowest bid was 2/3 lower than the others, ( RJ Noble Co.) so I went with them. They came in with big equipment, got it done in short time. Everybody was happy.
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Old 03-30-2007, 12:42 PM   #136
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Great thread ... Both humorous and practical ...

Save those fake credit cards they send you in the mail (I must get 6 or 7 a week) ... They make great disposable putty knives, scrapers and can be cut and used as shim stock ...
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Blunt the tip of a nail to help prevent splitting the wood.

Always check your pockets for tools before leaving work, cuz there's nothing like realizing you left that one tool you really need at home.

Store lumber in a nice tight stack to help prevent it from twisting.

Dusting yourself off with a shop vac? Never use it near your eyes or ears!
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Had labor take his hard hat home and drill 3/8 holes in it every 2" front to back two rolls even that should keep him cool.what the H--
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On door and window casings, I always glue the miter joints, then lock nail, use a damp kitchen sponge to clean off any excess glue.
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Kitchen Wall Cabinets -

Wall cabinets first, else the base cabinets will get in the way.

Remove the doors!

Always pre-drill AND countersink when attaching the face frames together.

Whenever possible, I attach a few cabinets together on the floor before lifting them to the wall.

Attach a temporary 1x4 ledger to the wall to rest the cabinets on. This is a real big help, especially when I'm working solo.

When framing a kitchen, or anyplace where cabinets will go, notch a 1x4 into the framing as a nailing strip. No need to find the studs and you can put the screws toward the corners of the cabinet, where they do the most good.

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