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    Re: first time contractor questions

    Get in touch with Michael Stone at www.markupandprofit.com and get his books Markup And Profit and Profitable Sales. He will steer you clear of a lot of pitfalls. Learning from others mistakes is...
  2. Re: Old house....insulate ceilings but not walls ??

    I have a 1950 wood frame house with a simple gable roof, warm. dry climate. Would I install the RB on the underside of the rafters or lay it over the insulation? Would I use the foil or the bubble...
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    Re: Interesting Article on Social Security

    Holy cow, what a complicated mess. Sounds like the tax code. Maybe by the time I need it I'll understand it.
    A book on my yet to read list is "Get What's Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your...
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    Re: fastening corrugated metal roofing

    You mentioned this is going on a 2/12 roof. I'll bet the mfg doesn't approve their material for flat roofs.
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    Re: 5 dead in balcony collapse

    Before and after pics. My uneducated guess is rot in cantilevered joists?
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    Re: Mac700 leaking air through pressure switch /

    Those switches are usually not too hard to replace depending on their placement and how handy you are. You don't have to use Makita's. OTOH, 8 years is a lot of use out of a compressor if you're...
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    Re: electric floor heat

    Do you have the amperage to run this? the number I get is 70A. Wouldn't want to have their electric bill.
    Looked at a job once that wanted under-tile matts all over the place. It would have...
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    Re: tell me about your electricain

    Ditto what Tom says. And as for size, you can put quite a bit of wire in 1/2" conduit so heck with future work. PVC is fine.

    I always wonder how much time craftsmen put into really learning...
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    Multiple wires under one screw

    In a main panel or sub-panel is it permissible to have 2 wires under one screw on the neutral or ground buss?
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    Re: Makita LS0714 7 1/2" miter saw

    I see it's still in the catalog: http://www.makitatools.com/en-us/Modules/Tools/ToolDetails.aspx?Name=LS0714

    Still love my cordless one.
  11. Re: Using 2" concrete as a mudset for ceramic tile?

    IF your substrate is adequate for tile then you can use Ditra, Hardiboard, or any of a dozen different products. No need for a mud bed.
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    Re: Old Growth VG 2x6 Redwod Decking

    You'll save a lot of money by finding a small logger up around Shaver or Huntington, have them rough mill it and plane it yourself. A bit of work but you'll keep the $ in your pocket.
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    Re: Milgard Ultra Fiberglass Windows

    Bronze colored anodized aluminum windows. They range from dark brown to black. If I need a similar appearance, with or without grids, I use the Ultra.
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    Re: Milgard Ultra Fiberglass Windows

    Milgard Ultra is my go-to window if the existing windows are bronze aluminum and I'm trying to meet energy requirements. Good window.
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    Re: Rollair Compressor - The Bull

    I've been using their single tank, quiet model for a couple of years now. Runs well, seems well made. FC1250LS3.

    Manufacturers make their machines run quieter by using a larger pump running a...
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    Re: Bandsawn curve in beam

    Trebruchet, you're about ten years late to this party.
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    Re: polishing corian

    My Corian installer dry sands and I don't think he goes that fine. Sounds like you're done.
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    Re: Leave in place tile spacing bars

    Craftsmanship trumps gadgets every time. Spacers and shims are all you need.
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    Re: Why A Faucet Hole Costs $150.00

    Don't apologize. Give them your price, get a yes or no, and leave. Let others compete on price. BTW, my price for that job would probably be $375 for all the reasons you listed.
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    Re: Electrical repairs ?

    Looks OK from here.
  21. Thread: Grab bars

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    Re: Grab bars

    I use these: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KFKDW50?psc=1. They are flat, not like toggle bolts, have plenty of rated strength, are easy to install, and are inexpensive. I keep six in the van all the...
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    Re: Drone Over Apple's Spaceship

    It's still relatively easy in Placer County, CA. Get yourself out of the Bay Area and regain your sanity. My commute:
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    Re: Windows for a lake home

    Have you talked to some local experienced contractors? Local sources might be better.
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    Re: dishwasher and garbage disposal installation

    That's good practice and if the combined amperage of the D/W and the G/D exceed the circuit rating, they have to be separate circuits.
  25. Re: Need Advice; I think my customer is running out of money

    As long as you're renegotiating, change your payment schedule to progress payments for the percentage of work completed instead of for meeting milestones. Then you can bill every week or two weeks...
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