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Old 12-21-2009, 07:55 PM   #1
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I wanted to thank DaArch for his advice on stripping wallpaper. He said that when stripping vinyl faced paper that he sands it with a random orb to score the face enough to allow the water to soak through and get to the paste. I used this technique today and it was fantastic. I had already done some sample stripping at this job (so the plasterers wouldn't mud over paper that was going to be removed, which they would have) but had forgotten to bring the random orb. Today with the sanding it went twice as fast.
This just got me thinking as to what great advice others had gotten from this site. Please share.
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  1. Always ask how much to charge.
  2. Ewing don't know squat and smokes dog rockets for cigars.
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For me it isn't any one shining example that stands out, it's all the little details that you pick out here and there. I have always strived to do the absolute best job possible but with only 5 years under my belt there are many little details that I would have taken a long time to learn on my own. I am grateful for benefiting from the greater experience of all the pros posting on this forum, thank you all.
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I learn things everyday here, cant narrow it down to one thing.
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Ok, seriously... this place is a wealth of information and to pick one piece of advice as 'best' compared to the rest would be as hard as picking which blade of grass is the greenest on the white house lawn. Lots of damned green grass up in here!

Although, I bet i've spent more time reading, absorbing, and applying the threads regarding business from PT.

Thanks to everyone who contributes. You help my business and i appreciate you.
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I wanted to thank DaArch for his advice on stripping wallpaper. He said that when stripping vinyl faced paper that he sands it with a random orb to score the face enough to allow the water to soak through and get to the paste. I used this technique today and it was fantastic. I had already done some sample stripping at this job (so the plasterers wouldn't mud over paper that was going to be removed, which they would have) but had forgotten to bring the random orb. Today with the sanding it went twice as fast.
This just got me thinking as to what great advice others had gotten from this site. Please share.
Thanks for the recognition, I am very happy my advice helped. Send all heart felt (monetary) appreciation to 127 Seekonk St, Norfolk (sorry just a little cras Christmas pan handling)

As the others say, there is so much little stuff that it's the cumulative knowledge that adds up. Two fields that have really stood out for me are web site tips and being aware of one's numbers.

We've had discussions where some think the business side is more important and some think the technical side is. But I think everyone here has benefited from the full range of tips, tricks, and techniques.



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Here is a little something to add to this thread. I found this quote on the wall of a local small business and wrote it down to share with all when running up against low ball competition:

"It's unwise to pay too much, but it's worse to pay too little.
When you pay too much, you lose a little money- that is all.
When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing
you bought is incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do.
The law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot- it can't be done.
If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough for something better."

John Ruskin
(1819 - 1900)

Something to ponder...
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  1. Always ask how much to charge.
  2. Ewing don't know squat and smokes dog rockets for cigars.

Funny. LMAO.
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Stick with my "gut instincts".

Actually there are so many helpful and useful bits of information on this forum that it's hard to single out any of them. Some of them worked for me and some didnt...though not of the fault of the persons posting them.

I think the hardest part of utilizing them is that, as hard as I try not to, I get stuck in my ways on some things. Believe it or not, trying out new brushes and rollers was some of the hardest. Some I kept and use others I gave away or tossed them into the "box" on the shelf. (My crew likes rummaging through the box...if that tells you anything.)

Probably the biggest thing I've gotten out of PT is that no matter our differences in location, business size, product preferences, and personalities; we all want to succeed and the members here will share their advice and experiences.

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Seriously:

The things I've actually learned and use are the marketing tips and building systems for the business.

Through marketing I plan to build a lead generating machine.

Building systems will help to handle the growth.

There is so much more.

I really want to thank all the members who have shared thier tips, ideas and experiences. You men and woman have helped me to become a better business person.
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Here is a little tip I discovered. After washing out roller covers, it was always awkward trying to let them drain. We have a stationary sink in basement in my workshop with a little wire shelf above it. I took a regualr steel coat hanger, bent it into a "W" shape and slip the cover over the center part of the "W". Then I hang it from the shelf over the sink and let it drain. I have about 5 of these made up. Works great and doesn't cost me anything...
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The piece of advice that helped me the most is that tree fiddy is the going rate for most projects these days. Try it, it works! I have yet to lose a bid except for a door repaint. They thought I was a little high.
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That is too funny Gabe.
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That is too funny Gabe.
LOL, I agree! I turned the volume up hoping to hear something!
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Ewing might have poor tastes in cigars (and the company he keeps) but the man has some great smileys.
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