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Forum: Pest Control 09-16-2016, 04:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,104
Posted By mikeswoods
I run into that on occasion--I make a home made...

I run into that on occasion--I make a home made dust gun that will blast the poison inside the house---

Here is what you need--
A can or bag of Sevin dust
A compressor and blower nozzle
an...
Forum: General Discussion 09-16-2016, 03:46 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,530
Posted By mikeswoods
Lately, my motivation is the money--retirement is...

Lately, my motivation is the money--retirement is in the plans--and building up the nest egg is really needed.
Forum: Off Topic (Non Trade) 09-14-2016, 02:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 805
Posted By mikeswoods
In West Virginia--Cass Scenic railway is fun if...

In West Virginia--Cass Scenic railway is fun if you like steam locomotives.
Forum: Business 08-13-2016, 08:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,682
Posted By mikeswoods
On commercial work there is , very often, a...

On commercial work there is , very often, a deadline and penalty clause in the contract-----and a bonus for early completion.

This is a different situation than a typical home remodeling job where...
Forum: Plumbing 06-18-2016, 07:23 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,638
Posted By mikeswoods
Code forbid them here--- I have a septic...

Code forbid them here---
I have a septic system--and a disposer--which I only use for the tid bits that come from rinsing a plate after I scrape off the main mess into the garbage--

Nothing major...
Forum: Framing 06-03-2016, 08:45 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,545
Posted By mikeswoods
Don't feel stupid---I still keep a copy of the...

Don't feel stupid---I still keep a copy of the 'little blue book' in my glove compartment---I'm old and sometimes the memory fails me.
Forum: Tiling 06-03-2016, 08:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,562
Posted By mikeswoods
Marble transitions are dandy for places like...

Marble transitions are dandy for places like that---

however, I make most of mine using oak or cherry---a table saw and a router with a round over bit---stain and spray varnish---done and made to...
Forum: New Member Introductions 05-16-2016, 08:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 486
Posted By mikeswoods
Welcome to the forum---- Nice to see another...

Welcome to the forum----
Nice to see another Illinois name!-Join right in-Mike--
Forum: Business 05-16-2016, 06:02 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 18,201
Posted By mikeswoods
Cute kid--I wish you luck---raise your prices to...

Cute kid--I wish you luck---raise your prices to cover your over head---
Forum: Business 05-16-2016, 05:59 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 18,201
Posted By mikeswoods
You need a reality check--------- Your price...

You need a reality check---------

Your price is less than half of what it should be to be the lowest bidder----

Take the job--learn ---keep track of your time and expenses---and then have a...
Forum: Tiling 05-07-2016, 06:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,105
Posted By mikeswoods
Tap on the tiles and see if they are hollow or...

Tap on the tiles and see if they are hollow or loose---I doubt if the heat has anything at all to do with the repeated failure of the grout.
Forum: New Member Introductions 05-04-2016, 07:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 724
Posted By mikeswoods
Welcome and join right in--we have a bunch of...

Welcome and join right in--we have a bunch of kitchen and bath folks here---Mike--
Forum: Plumbing 05-04-2016, 06:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,681
Posted By mikeswoods
In our area every sink needs its own P-trap---

In our area every sink needs its own P-trap---
Forum: General Discussion 04-29-2016, 01:00 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,047
Posted By mikeswoods
Just a thought---rent out the city place and use...

Just a thought---rent out the city place and use the money to rent a suburban residence.

Glendale Heights is close to my area (St Charles) --plenty of work in the western suburbs---and friendly...
Forum: Business 04-29-2016, 09:36 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 18,201
Posted By mikeswoods
"Mark up and Profit" is a book--IT WILL HELP YOU...

"Mark up and Profit" is a book--IT WILL HELP YOU A LOT--GET IT.

To truly figure out if your pricing is correct, think of your 'business' as an enterprise with employees--

You have the big boss...
Forum: Off Topic (Non Trade) 04-23-2016, 07:17 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,167
Posted By mikeswoods
This time of year the snappers are mating and...

This time of year the snappers are mating and crossing the road--

It's nice that you took a few minutes to help out that old gal---

I was on a job a couple of years back --two retired guys were...
Forum: General Discussion 04-21-2016, 09:35 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,047
Posted By mikeswoods
You might want to look at Oak Park /Riverside and...

You might want to look at Oak Park /Riverside and the towns in the near west suburbs.

Your trailer is almost useless in Chicago proper--where you could park a truck with a trailer is a mystery to...
Forum: Off Topic (Non Trade) 04-02-2016, 08:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 797
Posted By mikeswoods
I am glad to hear about good service--especially...

I am glad to hear about good service--especially from a company I have been buying boots from for about 40 years--
Forum: General Discussion 03-30-2016, 05:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,198
Posted By mikeswoods
Now might be time to talk to your boss --a frank...

Now might be time to talk to your boss --a frank , open and adult conversation and ask him if he will teach you how to estimate work.

I've always been helpful to my help when they wanted to learn...
Forum: General Discussion 03-28-2016, 04:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,096
Posted By mikeswoods
That is ,most likely, a lime mortar--DO NOT...

That is ,most likely, a lime mortar--DO NOT attempt to fix that without understanding that modern mortar will cause more trouble than you want to deal with.

A mason will have to explain the...
Forum: Plumbing 03-25-2016, 06:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,757
Posted By mikeswoods
If it drips continuously--never stops--the valve...

If it drips continuously--never stops--the valve needs a new cartridge---

If it drips for a few minutes after shutting off--but stops--that is just water in the shower riser tube and wand hose...
Forum: Off Topic (Non Trade) 03-20-2016, 07:04 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,752
Posted By mikeswoods
I work in the same area as Ron and TNT--- ...

I work in the same area as Ron and TNT---

This work at home thing is so common---and all of the people work hard all day.

I couldn't do it--heck, I should be doing billing right now---not...
Forum: Drywall 03-19-2016, 07:02 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,502
Posted By mikeswoods
I'm a Straight Flex corner guy also. Yes it...

I'm a Straight Flex corner guy also.

Yes it adds $50 to a job in materials--however, that expense is more than covered by getting a job done well and fast---with straight easy to paint corners.
Forum: Painting & Finish Work 03-19-2016, 06:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 8,841
Posted By mikeswoods
The new formula paints have a learning curve-- ...

The new formula paints have a learning curve--

We were having issues with Benjamin Moore ceiling paints when they changed formulas---

We switched to Sherwin Williams Eminence for ceilings--what...
Forum: General Discussion 03-18-2016, 05:54 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 7,639
Posted By mikeswoods
I installed a high end built in fridge---the...

I installed a high end built in fridge---the instructions were a confusing mess---

The cabinet builders couldn't make heads or tails out of the drawings either.

As a result the cabinets were...
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