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Forum: Business 01-06-2016, 10:07 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 8,553
Posted By Fence & Deck
I use Square. No fees, no committment. Why?...

I use Square. No fees, no committment. Why? Several reasons:
-convennience: I can take the charge over the phone from a client. I don't have to run out to the house to pick up a cheque, nor do I...
Forum: Decks & Fencing 12-13-2015, 08:05 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 34,377
Posted By Fence & Deck
Waste of time. I have been building decks in...

Waste of time. I have been building decks in Toronto since 1979. Including builder decks, I've done over 12000 decks since the first one.
I have tried everything to "set myself apart", including...
Forum: General Discussion 12-11-2015, 11:45 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 8,476
Posted By Fence & Deck
I've been in business for 35 years. This has...

I've been in business for 35 years. This has happened to me , oh, twice or 50 times. If the competitive quite is from a company I've never heard of, and if it seems too low, I'll "just say no". Often...
Forum: Business 12-21-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,374
Posted By Fence & Deck
IF you have to go to court to get paid, most of...

IF you have to go to court to get paid, most of the time it's a mis-understanding on the part of the contractor. I have had to use court a few times when our contract was not completely clear, or...
Forum: Decks & Fencing 03-19-2014, 07:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,139
Posted By Fence & Deck
Actually John, we talked 6 or 7 years ago over...

Actually John, we talked 6 or 7 years ago over this forum. I cmmented (favourably) on your work and you responded.
But yeah, good to meet you.

I was conceived in the back seat of a 50 Ford ,...
Forum: Decks & Fencing 03-11-2014, 02:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,139
Posted By Fence & Deck
Wisdom? HA! I have a degree in history of all...

Wisdom? HA! I have a degree in history of all things, and when my brother and I got into this we had absolutely no clue how to operate a business. Beleive me, I have made my full share of mistakes...
Forum: Decks & Fencing 03-11-2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,139
Posted By Fence & Deck
35 years

I am pleased to announce that this spring I have been building decks for thirty five years. Build my first deck in April 1980. Just a basic 10x20.

At one time I had 30 crews going all season. In...
Forum: Decks & Fencing 03-11-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,563
Posted By Fence & Deck
Why do you guys think so little of pressure...

Why do you guys think so little of pressure treated wood?
Here in Toronto a composite deck costs at least double than PT for one thing, and with weather it is much harder to install past October. I...
Forum: General Discussion 12-25-2013, 10:03 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 13,712
Posted By Fence & Deck
HEre's something else to be worried about. Some...

HEre's something else to be worried about.
Some years ago, my then partner and I took a contract to build 250 custom decks in a new subdivision. These were all fairly large, all different, and were...
Forum: Business 09-26-2013, 10:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 12,153
Posted By Fence & Deck
It's happened to me a few times over the years....

It's happened to me a few times over the years. Once becuase of drugs. Once the installer was arrested. Mostly it happens becasue they run out of money and I refuse to advance more. (I'm usually...
Forum: General Discussion 01-26-2013, 11:14 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 10,012
Posted By Fence & Deck
I di the exact same thing in 1995. I took on a...

I di the exact same thing in 1995. I took on a huge job with extremely tight margins and it eventually forced me into bankruptcy.
As far as prices go, it's quite possible the GC had much lower...
Forum: New Member Introductions 05-21-2012, 07:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,073
Posted By Fence & Deck
I'm Baaaaaaack! With a name change.

Hi guys. I am no longer Stone Mountain. Henceforth I'm "Fence & Deck"
Forum: Business 04-25-2012, 04:45 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,770
Posted By Fence & Deck
I learned 30 years ago. I never, ever refer to...

I learned 30 years ago. I never, ever refer to another company by name. No matter how bad they are, I never say a word. By bad mouthing someone else, it reflects back on you, it makes you look small...
Forum: Decks & Fencing 03-05-2012, 12:09 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,461
Posted By Fence & Deck
Best check with the city. In Toronto, there is no...

Best check with the city. In Toronto, there is no longer such a thing as grandfathered in. If you take down the deck, or most of it, you have to get a permit to replace it. Simple cosmetic repairs...
Forum: Business 03-01-2012, 12:19 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,362
Posted By Fence & Deck
In 33 years I've been sued twice. Won once. I...

In 33 years I've been sued twice. Won once.
I sued 42 times. Won every single one of them. Some people just don't seem to understand that they have to pay for what they get done.

I know, I know....
Forum: General Discussion 02-29-2012, 08:33 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,191
Posted By Fence & Deck
About 5 years ago, my brother's next door...

About 5 years ago, my brother's next door neighbour (let's call him Tom) asked me to help HIS disabled brother out. About 8 years previously I had done a large fence for Tom and I saw him socially,...
Forum: Business 01-29-2012, 11:23 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,329
Posted By Fence & Deck
The exact same thing happened to me; not once,...

The exact same thing happened to me; not once, but 3 times. I found out at the time because a client looking at my album commented that he'd seen some of my pictures before. I called up the company...
Forum: Decks & Fencing 01-25-2012, 09:49 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 11,816
Posted By Fence & Deck
I've since watched this video 3 times. I have...

I've since watched this video 3 times. I have some sort of sick fascination with seeing just how poorly the job is done.
What are the laws about me showing this to prospective customers?
Forum: General Discussion 01-05-2012, 11:09 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 58,536
Posted By Fence & Deck
Hardest job in construction: resurrecting a 6...

Hardest job in construction: resurrecting a 6 year old thread!
Forum: Business 12-06-2011, 04:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,555
Posted By Fence & Deck
I HAD a partner, a couple of times. NEver again. ...

I HAD a partner, a couple of times. NEver again.
1] You really have to genuinely like each other
2] you have to genuinely respect each other
3] have a very clear, very comprehensive, written and...
Forum: General Discussion 11-28-2011, 10:29 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,439
Posted By Fence & Deck
I have clauses in my contract about hard digging,...

I have clauses in my contract about hard digging, (buried boulders and such), hidden utility lines (sprinkler systems, BBQ gas lines, electrical lines to sheds and such), damage to driveways, that...
Forum: Business 11-21-2011, 01:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 10,644
Posted By Fence & Deck
A deposit is exactly that. A payment in good...

A deposit is exactly that. A payment in good faith to allow the contractor to book the job into his schedule, and to begin the planning process for timing, labour, and material. IT is not necessarily...
Forum: Decks & Fencing 11-16-2011, 04:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,644
Posted By Fence & Deck
I pay so much -per foot of fence -per gate ...

I pay so much
-per foot of fence
-per gate
-per extra posts
-per style ( a slightly different rate)
-per foot of removal
-premium for difficult job
-minimum labour regardless of size (for...
Forum: Decks & Fencing 11-01-2011, 09:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,627
Posted By Fence & Deck
I usually die off in mid to late November. We're...

I usually die off in mid to late November. We're absolutely dead to the world till late February. MArch can be crazy busy or extremely quiet, simply depending on weather.
Then of course April gets...
Forum: General Discussion 10-15-2011, 11:16 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 7,454
Posted By Fence & Deck
Wow. What a range of opinions. I have my own...

Wow. What a range of opinions.
I have my own experiences with various ethnic groups, and there are definitely certain characteristics common to people of those groups.
There's one group that you...
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