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Old 12-31-2009, 12:20 AM  
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radios are good for business imo
How do you figure your estimates?

Sounds good to me?
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Old 12-31-2009, 12:34 AM  
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well when i have a radio i tend to work better and when i work better thats good for business plus it keeps karaoke Monday and karaoke Tuesday and karaoke Wednesday and karaoke Thursday and karaoke Friday interesting and no one likes a boring site... thats part of the reason i couldnt swing doing commercial work
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radios are good for business imo

How is a distraction good for business?
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Well If I don't have music to listen to,,

I start to sing. And not well. There is going to be music happening one way or another.

Wanna hear a framer singing thunderstruck? Neither does anyone else on my site. So we have a radio.

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My rule for my crews is that if you have to yell over the radio you turn it down or off. And nothing offensive.

I was installing cabinets on a job and the homeowner was having a new patio door installed by a sunroom/window co.. They were tuned to a station that had a couple of "personalities" that were quite graphic about sexual acts and how to go about them. The lady was in her 60's, religious, and quite uncomfortable. I unplugged the radio and the installers went on a rant. The lady ended up kicking them off the job, leaving a large hole in the wall where the patio door was to be installed. The field super and owner of the company showed up later and the HO gave her reasons...both of them said she basically would have to live with whatever the guys were listening too; she terminated her agreement with them right then and there. Turned out she was an attorney. Made a few calls and had a door installed by the end of the day.
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My rule for my crews is that if you have to yell over the radio you turn it down or off. And nothing offensive.

I was installing cabinets on a job and the homeowner was having a new patio door installed by a sunroom/window co.. They were tuned to a station that had a couple of "personalities" that were quite graphic about sexual acts and how to go about them. The lady was in her 60's, religious, and quite uncomfortable. I unplugged the radio and the installers went on a rant. The lady ended up kicking them off the job, leaving a large hole in the wall where the patio door was to be installed. The field super and owner of the company showed up later and the HO gave her reasons...both of them said she basically would have to live with whatever the guys were listening too; she terminated her agreement with them right then and there. Turned out she was an attorney. Made a few calls and had a door installed by the end of the day.
It looks like a radio in this case caused the crew to be more productive.

I would have done the same thing you did, but as soon as I saw or heard the radio, it would have been unplugged.

I don't see how a worker or owner of a company can expect to do what they want while on someone elses property.
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My rule for my crews is that if you have to yell over the radio you turn it down or off. And nothing offensive.

I was installing cabinets on a job and the homeowner was having a new patio door installed by a sunroom/window co.. They were tuned to a station that had a couple of "personalities" that were quite graphic about sexual acts and how to go about them. The lady was in her 60's, religious, and quite uncomfortable. I unplugged the radio and the installers went on a rant. The lady ended up kicking them off the job, leaving a large hole in the wall where the patio door was to be installed. The field super and owner of the company showed up later and the HO gave her reasons...both of them said she basically would have to live with whatever the guys were listening too; she terminated her agreement with them right then and there. Turned out she was an attorney. Made a few calls and had a door installed by the end of the day.

Sounds like these guys also had no respect. Again radios are fine as long as you are using them to suit the area you are working.

Not loud if homeowner is home
No Bad music or chat shows if home owner is home
No loud music if it could cause danger (Not that my radio can make anywhere near the noise powertools can)
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I currently have mine cranked upto 80% power and wish it went louder. But Amish guys turn up to do abinets and i turn it down until they go. It's not hard to work around or with other guys but some crews cant do this.
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im used to having a radio at work all the time, the volume is kept to a level where its just low level of background noise to break up silence. i spent some time on a framing crew with younger cats, and they had the radio cranked all the time so it made it impossible for the cutter to hear what measurements were being called out.

as for radio station, generally we pick something everyone will like but we change up the station every so often to break up hearing hte same 5 songs all day. if im working solo i have my ipod plugged in or i have my earplugs in.

if theres a meeting or a planing session going on the radio is off.
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I agree with nothing offensive but on new construction it doesn't really matter what we listen to, the HO next door has even requested us to turn it up haha
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Quite a few years ago, I was in a house firring down a ceiling to flatten out the sag. Myself and a helper, Whitesnake blasting on the radio, me singing along quite loudly. Homeowners wife comes in, I turn around and she's right behind me, laughing away. I stood there with my jaw on the floor. She says "Don't stop, it sounds pretty good to me."
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You must be a right laugh to work for . I would have inserted that radio into your back end if you tried that with my radio

Not hard to work for at all, but I have my rules and my subs get paid on time. And I have yet to find anyone on a crew willing to test me. As for cutting their cord, they were dumb ass's who no longer come on my job.
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No radios are allowed on my jobsites.
I wouldn't work for you then. Listening to music is one of the best perks I have at work. When doing historic restoration carpentry, I often play music from the period of the home... Scott Joplin ragtime in a Victorian, Big Band Jazz in an Arts and Crafts home, etc. It is all part of the Gestalt man. Gotta get the right groove on.

The homeowners dig it.

Besides you didn't answer the question. I use a Makita so I can plug in the iPod inside the sealed battery compartment. Keeps it out of the dust, weather and other insults.

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I like the Milwauke, it is the cheapest radio and it has the nicest speakers. You get better and nicer sound than the rest of them. It works good for my ipod too, only disadvantage is, it doesn't charge the battery on it's own, you need a separate charger for it. The Dewalt is more expensive but charges the batteries itself, speakers are not as nice on the Dewalt, but it will play an ipod pretty good too. The Bosch radio I hate, I've tried plugging my ipod into one and I get terrible sound out of it, I don't think the Bosch radios are as durable either.
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Radios are un professional, a distraction and cause problems on the jobsite, so I don't allow them, if you want to listen to the radio do it at home, or on someone elses jobsite.

How would you guys like it if I as the GC picked the radio station and didn't let anyone listen to any other station but the one I listen to?

I am sure you will say it is your radio, but it is my jobsite and you play by my rules or you don't come on my jobsite.
That's a matter of opinion, on certain jobs I'd agree with you. But there are times when a radio is the only thing keeping guys motivated. More specifically, when you're outside framing, the radio is the most important tool imo.
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This discussion reminded of a quote I always liked:

"Without music, life would be a mistake."
Friedrich Nietzsche

Many years ago I was in an architecture museum in NYC and was enjoying some drawings of buildings and noted that the architect who drew them always listened to classical music when he worked. He found the music helped his creativity.
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I've had two dewalt digital tuner radios. Strong radio that can take some abuse.


As far as the radio on jobsite argument, I work alone alot so I have a radio turned down low just to break the silence unless the homeowner is in the same room or close by (I do basements usually) and if it's early and the HO are home the radio doesnt come on until kids are up, etc. and then its just low.

I have worked on commercial jobs where the GC didnt allow radio's, all guys respected the Super and followed the rules. The super also gave all of us respect so it wasnt just a power trip on his part.
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I like the Milwauke, it is the cheapest radio and it has the nicest speakers. You get better and nicer sound than the rest of them. It works good for my ipod too, only disadvantage is, it doesn't charge the battery on it's own, you need a separate charger for it. The Dewalt is more expensive but charges the batteries itself, speakers are not as nice on the Dewalt, but it will play an ipod pretty good too. The Bosch radio I hate, I've tried plugging my ipod into one and I get terrible sound out of it, I don't think the Bosch radios are as durable either.

I have both the Makita and the Milwauke and i have taken the milwauke back twice because of the awful sound quality. It def goes louder but the sound quality is so so bad. The makita def wins on that front and it's loud enough for 90% of people.
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I have both the Makita and the Milwauke and i have taken the milwauke back twice because of the awful sound quality. It def goes louder but the sound quality is so so bad. The makita def wins on that front and it's loud enough for 90% of people.
Haven't tried the Makita, maybe I just like the loudness, it always sounded good to me.
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If you can wait - Bosch is coming out with a new radio/player/charger in 2010. It will also have a remote control so you can turn the sound down if needed without getting off a ladder. The new speaker system is on all sides - so if you put it in the middle of the room you can hear it no matter where you are.

I have the old Bosch radio/CD player. It spends most of the time on my semi-covered porch and always sounds great. Only problem has been some rusting of decorative elements.

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