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Concrete Basics for Beginners

Concrete basics for Beginners from top to bottom, ground prep, rebar, sealing & protecting

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RIGHTs and WRONGs in Business

By Gabe "the General Contractor" Krueger

"What is exactly going on with my business?"

Taking an inventory every once and awhile is a very healthy thing to do for your business.
Sometimes I get so busy that I forget to stop and smell the roses.
Then the day comes along that I realize there are a lot of loose ends that need cleaning up.
Here is what I discovered recently:

-Subs that are clearly not good fits, however I keep them around for whatever silly reasons. (avoiding the "tough love talk")
-Too much overhead.  I need to cut costs on some items I'm wasting money on.
-Taking on jobs in between jobs to "help" desperate customers out and/or to keep the guys busy.  This in turn, affects my peace and serenity.
-Nice guy routine.....not a good idea.
-Rushed estimates, and not paying attention to "my" numbers.
-Allowing others to dictate my time
-Going too fast.  Looking to the next job before the current one is finished.
-I am part of DMU...
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Mistakes to Avoid when Sodding

Stan: One of my newer guys screwed up on a sod job today, and it wasn't his fault at all. It was my fault for not giving him a clear enough sense of direction on what not to do while I was busy explaining all of those little details that make for a successful sod installation. So today we're gonna cover the best time of the year to lay sod, what not to do, and the things that you need to get ready so you can have a perfect lawn. So without wasting any more time, let's get into it.

Stan: Problems started when I went out to the job site and noticed that some of the sod had been laid on top of existing turf. Now you can lay sod over existing turf, and it will grow. This is the freshly laid sod before we did the repair, and this is the same spot after, it looks almost identical, and the customer didn't have a problem, and didn't know there was an issue. But it's not the recommended way to do it, and it's not the way I'm gonna leave one of my job sites.

Stan: To correct this specific...

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Pain Is a Good Motivator

Guest post from Gabe "THE GENERAL CONTRACTOR" Krueger

Why do I wait for a painful experience to learn and/or make a change?

      I was, and still sometimes am, oblivious to my behavior before a painful situation arises of self-awareness. Years ago I started realizing that my troubles were of my own doing. Meaning that when a problem with a customer or subcontractor came up, it usually had to do with my lack of communication somewhere along the line.
A customer asks for extras on a job that is in progress.  They are not in the contract. Being the "nice guy" that I am, I say "Yes! No problem!" Knowing that I am the general contractor on the job and by saying yes, I am helping the flow of the job. Because I do not like when someone or something slows me down. Here is the funny part, the universe is telling me "SLOW DOWN."  However, I ignore the warning and motor on. By the end of the job, they have gotten at least 5-10 little jobs out of me...
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