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Forum: Business 02-27-2016, 05:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,691
Posted By Stephen H
definitely high potential for conflict. If...

definitely high potential for conflict.

If you are doing new construction work---- probably not as much.

but here--- in an occupied residential market--- definitely going to be conflict.

...
Forum: Off Topic (Non Trade) 02-25-2016, 05:55 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 7,441
Posted By Stephen H
this is basically what I do. If your time is...

this is basically what I do. If your time is worth anything--- this is also probably your cheapest route.
I know my time is more profitably spent--- doing what I do--- rather than talking to car...
Forum: Business 02-25-2016, 05:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,829
Posted By Stephen H
See if you can qualify for a policy as part of a...

See if you can qualify for a policy as part of a group.

when I signed up with our payroll company--- the first thing the gal said was " your WC rates are insane--- we gotta get you into a group"
...
Forum: General Discussion 02-25-2016, 05:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,715
Posted By Stephen H
matt--- I actually bought several of those hitch...

matt--- I actually bought several of those hitch clips a few years ago.
we ended up using them ONCE.--- the hole is too close to the deck and it was a real pain to get our carabiners etc. in there....
Forum: General Discussion 02-22-2016, 05:32 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,657
Posted By Stephen H
Bam--- that's a good point when we bought the...

Bam--- that's a good point
when we bought the 2012--- I called the insurance agent to arrange insurance on it----and let them know where the 2008 would then be parked at night.

when we bought...
Forum: Business 02-21-2016, 06:11 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,705
Posted By Stephen H
D , speaking for myself---- our business...

D ,
speaking for myself---- our business really started growing phenomenally , once i put the tools down. It had been growing steadily year after year---- but once I put the tools down ??? KABOOM...
Forum: General Discussion 02-21-2016, 05:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,657
Posted By Stephen H
Matt, I don't mind that observation at all---...

Matt,
I don't mind that observation at all--- it's perfectly fair.

In the long run, however--- I don't think it's relevant.
Case in point.

A couple blocks away from me lives a guy who is...
Forum: General Discussion 02-20-2016, 09:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,657
Posted By Stephen H
At this point in time we have 3 company trucks...

At this point in time we have 3 company trucks and they all go home at night.
one with me---and the other 2 with lead employees

we operate on a system where we try to field 2 man crews working...
Forum: Business 02-19-2016, 06:24 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,545
Posted By Stephen H
Dave, currently I have 3 employees and we are...

Dave,
currently I have 3 employees and we are adding a 4th one in late March
2 of them are family, the 3rd one is not related but is much like family( I have known his family for about 15...
Forum: Business 02-19-2016, 05:44 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,705
Posted By Stephen H
basically, I don't use any subs ...

basically, I don't use any subs

so----99.999999% of our projects I give an absolute firm quote on the initial visit.

Fairly often there will be a pretty hard to source, obscure ceramic roof...
Forum: Business 02-19-2016, 05:33 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,763
Posted By Stephen H
speaking for myself--- i have always used my...

speaking for myself--- i have always used my personal address--- for about 30 years now.

I have had shop space away from home for about 10 of those 30 years--- but still always used my personal...
Forum: Business 02-18-2016, 05:28 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,545
Posted By Stephen H
so--- he pays his employees OFF the books----and...

so--- he pays his employees OFF the books----and around the holidays he throws them a weeks extra pay---and you think that's a nice gesture???????
in reality- he has been dodging 30-40% a WEEK on...
Forum: General Discussion 02-12-2016, 06:41 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,535
Posted By Stephen H
lets back up a minute Jethro..... you can talk...

lets back up a minute Jethro.....
you can talk about insurance,BBB and contract comparison with a prospect if you want to-------
but it's definitely NOT going to level the playing field.

I...
Forum: General Discussion 02-11-2016, 06:06 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,535
Posted By Stephen H
Jethroe, take your problem and ,mentally,...

Jethroe,
take your problem and ,mentally, place it on a table.---walk around it and look at it from many different angles........

the reality is--- there is NEVER, EVER going to be a level...
Forum: General Discussion 02-08-2016, 06:15 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 7,878
Posted By Stephen H
It's a good life---- but it took me a long while...

It's a good life---- but it took me a long while to get to this point.

We basically shut down production( with rare exceptions) from around Thanksgiving until mid/late March
At this time of...
Forum: Marketing & Sales 02-07-2016, 05:18 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,739
Posted By Stephen H
those are all really good points. a couple of...

those are all really good points.
a couple of other differences
the $40,000 roof customer is almost certainly more affluent AND has more controll of his time. He may work MUCH more than the $6000...
Forum: Roofing 02-03-2016, 06:04 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 13,777
Posted By Stephen H
generally---we put Ice Gaurd on the lower 6 feet...

generally---we put Ice Gaurd on the lower 6 feet of the roof----but don't worry about running up the rake with it. We run titanium UDL up to the top of the roof----Ideally all the Icegaurd gets...
Forum: Health & Safety 02-01-2016, 06:40 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 8,033
Posted By Stephen H
It's a kidney stone thing. trust me--- if...

It's a kidney stone thing.

trust me--- if you haven't had a big one---- you don't want it.

Started out---" hmmm-- that pee is kind of dark"--- but I don't think anything of it because between...
Forum: Marketing & Sales 02-01-2016, 05:38 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,739
Posted By Stephen H
I don't think they are maniacal pshycopaths--- I...

I don't think they are maniacal pshycopaths--- I think they, in fact have screened YOU out.

the way I see it.---- If I called a prospective contractor for a project at MY home----and he...
Forum: Technology 01-30-2016, 01:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,729
Posted By Stephen H
thank you. I will keep that in mind. I am...

thank you.
I will keep that in mind.
I am very leery of making changes----- .

I am dealing in vintage materials from the 1910's and 1920's----and selling the fact that we are largely working...
Forum: General Discussion 01-26-2016, 06:11 AM
Replies: 181
Views: 14,820
Posted By Stephen H
A & E yesterday morning I jotted down a list...

A & E
yesterday morning I jotted down a list of 9 seperate things YOU were responsible for in this mess
just fished that piece of paper out of the trash
Each item in the () is what I wrote...
Forum: General Discussion 01-24-2016, 06:19 AM
Replies: 181
Views: 14,820
Posted By Stephen H
so many things going on in this story--- I just...

so many things going on in this story--- I just have to laugh.
wonder if ANY of the people crawling around spreading salt on this ice covered roof---- are covered by workers comp?

just SO MUCH...
Forum: General Discussion 01-24-2016, 06:02 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,110
Posted By Stephen H
Ethan I have cards--- but we never get around...

Ethan
I have cards--- but we never get around to handing them out----

someone stops at a job site----- we will give them a door hanger--- or one of these postcards. we put 60,000 to 70,000 of...
Forum: General Discussion 01-24-2016, 05:44 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,110
Posted By Stephen H
you are maybe too young to know this----- but...

you are maybe too young to know this----- but "Hemlock 4-9663" IS the phone number !

slight de-rail---- this past year we encountered some roof tiles in neighboring cities with " Akron Tile Co "...
Forum: General Discussion 01-23-2016, 05:41 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,110
Posted By Stephen H
Kap--- here is one of the business cards. We ...

Kap--- here is one of the business cards. We still have Slaters jacks in Dailey use----and other than modern safety stickers are completely indistinguishable from newer purchases
My son Kevin...
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