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Just about to leave home, heading for a BBQ at a customers/friends house, there will be several clients there:sad: "when are you coming to my house?":sad:. "Do you think i will be done by sept?" What brand furnace do recomend?"--------And on and on:blink:. MY head hurts just thinking about it. :censored:G
 

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I seldom did that, but I built a redwood deck and screen porch for a couple.
Planters, benches even custom light boxes, very nice and all redwood $$$$

I get to the party (president of Lafeyette Yacht Club) and Mrs Yacht Club says, "I didn't know what you drink so I got a case of Bud", I says, " Sorry I don't drink beer" so I got nothing but the good stuff while the party lasted.
Generally, I don't like these affairs for the reasons you mentioned, free advice ect. But it does get you in front of buyers.
 

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A key to a SUCCESFULL BBQ (under those circumstances) is to make sure your mouth is ALWAYS full of free food.!:thumbup:

and since it's impolite to talk with your mouth full..........:whistling

Good luck
 

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BBQ went well, not nearly as annoying as i thought it would be, 10 minutes after i arrived the host asked " do you know why the shower in the cabana is not working? The sink and toilet are working, but water will not come out of the shower head". After a few minutes of verbally troubleshooting, i could not resist, i removed the shower head, cleaned out the strainer that was caked with rust and sediment, and presto, good shower pressure, Thats why i make the big bucks:no::laughing::laughing:. Anyway the afternoon was ok, my wife and i spent a couple of hours in the 50ft x 38ft swimming pool, Ate a bit of steak, made small talk, fielded a couple of trade questions, and rolled out after 6 hrs. These types of events are always tiring, you have to be on your game the whole time. One more thing, as we where getting ready to leave the HO asked, "how much do you think a new kitchen would cost:thumbup:. G
 

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BBQ went well, not nearly as annoying as i thought it would be, 10 minutes after i arrived the host asked " do you know why the shower in the cabana is not working? The sink and toilet are working, but water will not come out of the shower head". After a few minutes of verbally troubleshooting, i could not resist, i removed the shower head, cleaned out the strainer that was caked with rust and sediment, and presto, good shower pressure, Thats why i make the big bucks:no::laughing::laughing:. Anyway the afternoon was ok, my wife and i spent a couple of hours in the 50ft x 38ft swimming pool, Ate a bit of steak, made small talk, fielded a couple of trade questions, and rolled out after 6 hrs. These types of events are always tiring, you have to be on your game the whole time. One more thing, as we where getting ready to leave the HO asked, "how much do you think a new kitchen would cost:thumbup:. G
Events like this were pretty routine at places I Have worked. Except we as the contractor would cater them and invite all the HO friends and a few prospects too. They did become exhausting trying to keep the game face on for hours at a time. They did however produce new business. The single best thing you did was cleaning the shower head. It probably took 10 minutes and the good will you produced is worth potentially thousands in new business. :thumbup::thumbsup:
 
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