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Forum: General Discussion 05-11-2016, 05:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,202
Posted By 66 Shelby
I've been lucky (for the most part) that most of...

I've been lucky (for the most part) that most of my clients are older and have a sense of 'style' and/or they already know what color schemes they want before the job is started. If I must work with...
Forum: General Discussion 05-11-2016, 05:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,654
Posted By 66 Shelby
It isn't something that's usually brought up,...

It isn't something that's usually brought up, even though a large percentage of my clients are older and/or retired. They tend to be upper middle class/lower upper class, so before I do any type of...
Forum: Off Topic (Non Trade) 03-20-2016, 02:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 742
Posted By 66 Shelby
That is awesome! When I was a teenager, I had a...

That is awesome! When I was a teenager, I had a black lab that could jump over our 6' fence. Drove my parent's nuts, because he was too stupid to jump back over when he got out. He would just sit...
Forum: Off Topic (Non Trade) 03-20-2016, 02:14 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,074
Posted By 66 Shelby
I think an automated fast food place would be...

I think an automated fast food place would be great, even if the prices weren't lower. Your order probably wouldn't be F-d up (like usual) and you wouldn't have to deal with the surly, inattentive,...
Forum: Flooring 03-18-2016, 12:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,945
Posted By 66 Shelby
For the flooring part of my business, my biggest...

For the flooring part of my business, my biggest mistake was not getting a van immediately. Instead, I used a truck for the first year or so and got caught in a couple of thunderstorms (that pop up...
Forum: Flooring 03-18-2016, 12:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,824
Posted By 66 Shelby
Those pics got my ire up. That is one of the...

Those pics got my ire up. That is one of the crappiest layouts I've ever seen (unfortunately not the worst). If I was the HO, those idiots would have been thrown off the job, after I took them...
Forum: General Discussion 03-17-2016, 05:22 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 7,801
Posted By 66 Shelby
Well...Concerning the actual OP - In Georgia it's...

Well...Concerning the actual OP - In Georgia it's laughably easy to get a GC license. A written test of around 100 questions, get GL insurance for $300K, pay the state $200, and now you're a...
Forum: Finish Carpentry 03-17-2016, 02:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,627
Posted By 66 Shelby
Get 4x10 plywood.

Get 4x10 plywood.
Forum: General Discussion 03-05-2016, 07:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,260
Posted By 66 Shelby
JLC & FHB. I also just started getting Family...

JLC & FHB. I also just started getting Family Handyman. I got a client a subscription for Xmas and decided to get me one too, just for chits and giggles. It's actually a pretty good mag. Has had...
Forum: General Discussion 02-05-2016, 05:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,083
Posted By 66 Shelby
I've seen it before. Those are the types of jobs...

I've seen it before. Those are the types of jobs I turn down. I'm not waiting twice as long to get paid, along with 2 sets of excuses of why I'm not getting paid on time.
Forum: General Discussion 01-28-2016, 06:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,664
Posted By 66 Shelby
They might because they'll see huge $$$ signs in...

They might because they'll see huge $$$ signs in their future (and on your bill). I looked into electric floor heating for my own garage (24 x 32) and the estimated usage (and resulting bill) was...
Forum: General Discussion 01-22-2016, 10:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,968
Posted By 66 Shelby
The archy she used sent along an estimate from an...

The archy she used sent along an estimate from an estimator, along with the name of a recommended contractor (of course). It's an unusual situation, from my point of view, so that's why I'm asking...
Forum: General Discussion 01-21-2016, 05:46 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,052
Posted By 66 Shelby
I keep a few in my wallet, even though most of my...

I keep a few in my wallet, even though most of my work is referrals. All my good clients have fridge magnets that are my cards. They work good for keeping you in the clients mind. Even well-to-do...
Forum: General Discussion 01-20-2016, 06:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,968
Posted By 66 Shelby
I haven't said a word to her about the differing...

I haven't said a word to her about the differing numbers. It's not her business to know, nor will I mention it (I don't play that game).

I'm the GC on this, so she likes my numbers (at the moment...
Forum: General Discussion 01-17-2016, 03:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,891
Posted By 66 Shelby
I had a referral call me and she said she...

I had a referral call me and she said she couldn't find me on any of the 'good' websites.

"What sites would those be, ma'am?"

Her talking to me like I was retarded -
"Homeadvisor and Angies...
Forum: General Discussion 01-17-2016, 02:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,968
Posted By 66 Shelby
I ran my own numbers and the total cost is close...

I ran my own numbers and the total cost is close to what I was given. It just strikes me as strange that some costs are so far out of line. $2 a lineal foot to supply and install baseboard? Don't...
Forum: General Discussion 01-15-2016, 03:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,968
Posted By 66 Shelby
Bidding a commercial job - How accurate are estimators?

I'm bidding a restaurant build-out and I've been given a job cost estimate from an estimator, along with the plans. Some of the figures are pretty low, while some are quite high. I'm not bound by...
Forum: Flooring 01-11-2016, 02:00 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,067
Posted By 66 Shelby
Yeah, me too. I have a love/hate relationship...

Yeah, me too. I have a love/hate relationship with floating floors - I love the (good) money, but I hate the look and feel.
Forum: General Discussion 01-10-2016, 04:55 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 8,375
Posted By 66 Shelby
Organization is key for any small business IMO. ...

Organization is key for any small business IMO. I'm a huge fan of lists too. I have at least 2 lists running every day. One is for the days priorities and the other is for the week. I use...
Forum: Business 01-10-2016, 12:42 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,763
Posted By 66 Shelby
I need the reliability of a steady paycheck. ...

I need the reliability of a steady paycheck. It's the same amount every week whether I work 0 hours or 100. It does take a lot of resolve to not look at the balance in the business account and...
Forum: Off Topic (Non Trade) 01-09-2016, 06:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 730
Posted By 66 Shelby
When I was a senior in high school, one of my...

When I was a senior in high school, one of my best buddies was in a motorcycle wreck (his fault - he was drunk) and left a paraplegic, in a chair. I noticed from the get-go how people were either...
Forum: Flooring 01-09-2016, 06:14 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,067
Posted By 66 Shelby
Flat substrate and take your time. Patience,...

Flat substrate and take your time. Patience, Daniel-son.
Forum: General Discussion 01-09-2016, 06:09 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,912
Posted By 66 Shelby
Not too many mistakes last year. Had one big one...

Not too many mistakes last year. Had one big one though - I flip flopped the colors on 2 bathrooms I remodeled and the HO didn't notice until I was doing final punch. Whoops.

No doubt. That's...
Forum: Business 01-08-2016, 05:21 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 8,483
Posted By 66 Shelby
I just got off the phone with a Square rep to...

I just got off the phone with a Square rep to order a new chip card reader. One of the things he told me was that if the card has a chip and you swipe it, the fraud liability is on YOU instead of...
Forum: General Discussion 01-08-2016, 04:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,236
Posted By 66 Shelby
When you're starting out, bidding is easily the...

When you're starting out, bidding is easily the hardest part of construction. It will become easier with experience. For now, get a pen and paper and try to visualize the job from start to finish,...
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