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Forum: Low Voltage 02-25-2020, 11:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 167
Posted By cwatbay
We've done projects like this. We use cloud based...

We've done projects like this. We use cloud based systems that allow remote and cell phone activation to open doors and allow access. You can configure the system to activate a camera (s), but we...
Forum: Business 02-25-2020, 11:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 145
Posted By cwatbay
We work PW every now and then. As the contractor...

We work PW every now and then. As the contractor on these projects, I have to pay (and prove it) PW to all my workers. Luckily, they all get more than PW anyway. However, I have to fill out the...
Forum: Business 01-09-2020, 03:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 601
Posted By cwatbay
Thanks for the suggestion. We bill in advance for...

Thanks for the suggestion. We bill in advance for 3 months of service. People (i.e. the property managers) either send us a check, or, use a credit card. We use Quickbooks Pro, so clients have a...
Forum: Contractor Licensing 01-06-2020, 04:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 266
Posted By cwatbay
Yes it does. But if he got the license the normal...

Yes it does. But if he got the license the normal way, he had to take the business and law part, then, the trade part. I understand that the test has got harder over the years since I took it.
...
Forum: Contractor Licensing 01-06-2020, 04:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 266
Posted By cwatbay
Getting a contractor's license without taking the test

This is a message for the License Guru, who can probably answer it best. The has to do with a C-10 electrical license in California. My questions stem from guy who runs a low voltage company, that...
Forum: Business 01-06-2020, 03:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 601
Posted By cwatbay
I am praying that he does go away easily. I got...

I am praying that he does go away easily. I got bigger fish to fry other than this guy.
Forum: Business 01-06-2020, 03:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 601
Posted By cwatbay
Thanks Kap. Our Alarm Contract is a combination...

Thanks Kap. Our Alarm Contract is a combination of other alarm company contracts that I have put together, including ADT's. It's pretty draconian.

But you do come across self important idiots...
Forum: Business 01-06-2020, 09:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 601
Posted By cwatbay
Thanks for the replies. The issue with fire...

Thanks for the replies.

The issue with fire alarm monitoring is that it is a life safety issue. You can't just cut them off with out sufficient warning ....i.e. like 30 days notice. Even then,...
Forum: Business 01-04-2020, 02:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 601
Posted By cwatbay
Squealing money out of dead beat clients

This is a constant, stress producing exercise that tries my patience every time. My focus on this thread are Property Managers.....you know....loser real estate people that couldn't cut it as agents...
Forum: Online Leads Services 11-15-2019, 09:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 910
Posted By cwatbay
These lead companies do nothing for us. We have...

These lead companies do nothing for us. We have to look at the problem before coming up with a price to fix it. For some other trades, it isn't that hard, but for more technical trades like us, it...
Forum: Tools & Equipment 11-11-2019, 01:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 945
Posted By cwatbay
As an FYI, when I first started, I ended spending...

As an FYI, when I first started, I ended spending around 20K on tools. I pretty much needed everything. That did not include vehicles.

right now, I probably spend around $1500 to $2000 per year...
Forum: General Discussion 11-04-2019, 06:19 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,679
Posted By cwatbay
The author and proponent of the bill is Lorena...

The author and proponent of the bill is Lorena Gonzales:

A community organizer and activist, Gonzalez was elected in 2008 as CEO and Secretary-Treasurer of the San Diego and Imperial Counties...
Forum: General Discussion 10-23-2019, 10:35 AM
Replies: 113
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Views: 3,255
Posted By cwatbay
Where I live, I have an HD about 8 blocks away,...

Where I live, I have an HD about 8 blocks away, no Lowes within 20 miles.

The HD close to me is as crappy as it get. 1/2 of Mexico is in the parking lot refusing to work for less than $25.00 per...
Forum: Off Topic (Non Trade) 10-12-2019, 02:12 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 2,618
Posted By cwatbay
Actually I wasn't thinking of you when I wrote my...

Actually I wasn't thinking of you when I wrote my little blurb. But I respect your willingness to take ownership :thumbsup:

Kudo's and CooCoo Kachoo. :jester:
Forum: Off Topic (Non Trade) 10-12-2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 2,618
Posted By cwatbay
Yeah, right ......4th biggest economy, 5th, 6th,...

Yeah, right ......4th biggest economy, 5th, 6th, whatever. Unless you actually live here and have a business here, you don't know the crap that goes on.

Not surprisingly, whenever someone spouts...
Forum: Off Topic (Non Trade) 10-11-2019, 02:43 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 2,618
Posted By cwatbay
I'm no expert on this, but the logistics behind...

I'm no expert on this, but the logistics behind burying all those thousands of miles of transmission lines through all kinds of terrain sound challenging at best.

I can see the POCO dragging it's...
Forum: Off Topic (Non Trade) 10-11-2019, 02:26 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 2,618
Posted By cwatbay
Sounds like payback for making them do their job....

Sounds like payback for making them do their job. Just like here in CA, Oh! you want us to do maintenance? Too bad, sucks to be you, here's another rate increase and some good ol' black outs.....
Forum: Off Topic (Non Trade) 10-11-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 2,618
Posted By cwatbay
My 2 Cents: Many years ago, I was a member...

My 2 Cents:

Many years ago, I was a member of the Sierra Club (45 years ago). I quit when all the lawyers and activists took over the club.

A couple of things that seem to be facts:
...
Forum: Off Topic (Non Trade) 10-04-2019, 01:25 PM
Replies: 862
Views: 148,625
Posted By cwatbay
Yes of course, it's to hold that strap so it...

Yes of course, it's to hold that strap so it doesn't fall off the ladder. Plus that disk has special teeth, to get a good grip on the strap.
Forum: General Discussion 09-17-2019, 02:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,200
Posted By cwatbay
Gee, that sounds about right :rolleyes: Our...

Gee, that sounds about right :rolleyes:

Our fire alarm is 30 years old. Found that someone had run some Romex to the alarm outlet from an illegal tap at the Main Breaker cabinet. Fire Marshall...
Forum: General Discussion 09-17-2019, 12:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,200
Posted By cwatbay
Thumbs down Never underestimate the sheer stupidity and...

Never underestimate the sheer stupidity and corruptness of an HOA.

Take ours for example:

--Uses unlicensed, uninsured hacks for repair and construction work

--Never pulls permits and...
Forum: General Discussion 09-09-2019, 10:33 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,706
Posted By cwatbay
This thread only gets better with time :thumbsup:

This thread only gets better with time :thumbsup:
Forum: General Discussion 09-07-2019, 12:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,230
Posted By cwatbay
In line with this thread, I sent this email to a...

In line with this thread, I sent this email to a guy that kept pestering me for the "best price":

Thank you for doing the research on the lift for replacing the lights at the ........ Center.
...
Forum: General Discussion 09-05-2019, 07:01 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,836
Posted By cwatbay
I general I would say: 1. Don't be a Hall...

I general I would say:
1. Don't be a Hall Monitor
2. Let the school of hard knocks do it's job

I started my first business when I was 14.
Forum: General Discussion 08-19-2019, 12:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 398
Posted By cwatbay
Hmmmmmm....when it comes to residential, the...

Hmmmmmm....when it comes to residential, the moment I smell crazy, I am outta there. There are usually clues before you commit to the job that says: "something just doesn't add up".
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