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  • asgoodasdead wrote:

    EthanB wrote:
    Look at a collated screw system, they’re pretty affordable and then you can use a real screw and still get the job done in a hurry. Filling in about 500 square feet only takes my helper about 2-3 hours, even if the decking is on an angle and we are snapping joist lines in baby powder.

    not nearly as fast as a n…

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  • I have a Moto E and just ordered one for my wife. I’m not a Luddite but I don’t really feel compelled to spend hundreds more on a phone that will essentially do the same thing as mine. A brand new one costs me $80 so I don’t put a case on it(hate cases) and if it breaks, I’m out $80, no insurance or talking to my phone company and waiting. The…[Read more]

  • @r-ice . I’m not sure what you mean by “pick up”.

  • It’s worth having one done by a lawyer that is familiar with contract law in your state. Probably $200-500 for one and then you’re as safe as you can be and there’s a lot less room for confusion with your clients. Write up a list of “must have” additions to your contract like a pet clause, default SOW format, default payment procedure, design…[Read more]

  • Look at a collated screw system, they’re pretty affordable and then you can use a real screw and still get the job done in a hurry. Filling in about 500 square feet only takes my helper about 2-3 hours, even if the decking is on an angle and we are snapping joist lines in baby powder.

  • I’ve worked with some scrails before and understand that they offer more grip. My point is that even ring shank nails offer a lot of grip but it seems to be at the expense of overall lifespan as they have a smaller shank diameter than a traditional nail(which I wouldn’t use) or a #8 screw.

  • I wouldn’t use scrails instead of collated screws. Yes, they’re faster but I don’t mind spending an extra 2-3 hours screwing down 3-400 square ft. I can certainly charge for it without causing problems.

    Scrails are neat but the issue with them, for me, would be the same issue as ring shank nails in the long term. I just happen to have spent…[Read more]

  • I doubt it would be much faster than an airgun as there’s a limit to how fast you can move and still be accurate enough to keep the glue on the joist. Changing tubes would definitely save a bit of time and only having a couple cans instead of a case would obviously make for less setup and cleanup.

  • kurt@welkerhomes.com wrote:has anyone tried the DAP Smartbond? I got a can at a trade show but have not tried it yet. They claim 1 can is equal to about 8 to 10 tubes of the 30 oz tubes of subfloor adhesive. It is supposed to be good for wet, frozen or treated lumber, and dispenses 25% faster than the tubes. it is around 20 bucks a can and…

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  • I use a fair bit of PL. I also recently picked up a lot of Dow Smartbond. My local yard had it marked down about 70% so I bought the subfloor and all-purpose. It’s cool stuff.

  • DirtyWhiteBoy wrote:Not having a 18ga. 18volt is killing meeee.
    I like the Ridgid but wouldn’t bust into a 3 battery platform.. As soon as a Makita sale come up I’m snagging the 18ga. 18volt.

    I thought you were already into the Ridgid? Is that only 12v?

  • Very interesting. I picked up the Ryobi 18ga this summer when I got pissed off at my Paslode 16ga and it’s been very useful. It’s not amazingly well made but it’s so cheap that it’s more than paid for itself already. Hopefully the Ridgid will be a bit more solid.

    Today was a good example. I was doing a small repair in a commercial space so…[Read more]

  • I would think that the job posting sites like Monster and Indeed would be a better spot to advertise an estimator position. It’s a more “professional” position than most in construction and should be on the more traditional job search platforms. Another option would to be go with a headhunting firm. That’s what they do.

  • Sometimes a moderately sharpened putty knife is safer to scrape with than a razor blade as it’s sharp enough to scrape but not so sharp it will shave off the finish. It’s less likely to dig in. I also round the corners a bit.

    After removing most of the material I use a white scotch brite pad with alcohol. Even a white pad can dull acrylic so…[Read more]

  • Yeah, dump fees vary a lot from region to region. It’s $120 a ton here so it’s actually cheaper to get a dumpster as I can get a 6yd with up to 2 tons for $165. Really small stuff still goes with me as I don’t want to schedule 100 dumpsters a year.

    My local transfer isn’t allowing dumping this summer as they rebuild for new DEM regs so I have…[Read more]

  • Sparky603 wrote:I have always used mostly Phenoseal for my caulking needs, in my trade, as I like its bonding properties. I do use the GE some, too. I’ll have to read through this thread, as there’s probably something better.

    I just wanted to point out that Phenoseal is a VINYL product, not silicone. I like it a lot and keep a lot in the van…[Read more]

  • Ethan replied to the topic Wall for TV on deck in the forum Pro Projects 6 years ago

    Doobie wrote:I sure hope she didn’t delete her account because someone was maybe harassing her. If the latest picture of her with child in arms was her, she was quite the looker.

    I’m pretty sure that’s my profile picture you’re thinking of.

  • Ethan replied to the topic Wall for TV on deck in the forum Pro Projects 6 years ago

    What’s going on with the “anonymous” thing? I just noticed that in another thread? Did the database get compromised?

  • Ethan replied to the topic osha ? in the forum Talk Around the Job Site 6 years ago

    Here’s the one problem I have with OSHA. The fine amounts are stupid. The idea should be that we all get inspected occasionally(which we don’t) and that the fines are enough to ensure compliance but not adversely affect the businesses that are trying to comply. A bad visit from OSHA could bankrupt many small contractors even if they’re trying…[Read more]

  • I bought my moto-e outright for $80. I know it’s not an amazing but I don’t even have to put a case on it and it does everything I want pretty well. If I drop it in a bucket of paint, I’m out $80. There’s no insurance, copay or plan involved. That’s pretty sweet in my book.

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