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Employees

  • Is Painting Like Leftovers in the Fridge?

    Blogger Scott Burt opines about the some of the challenges facing painters and all contractors in today's changing market.

     
  • A $1.8M Tear Down

    A $1.8 million waterfront house built on the wrong lot must be removed

     
  • What I Like: Clear Estimates Software

    Two remodelers have gained productivity and won new jobs thanks to software with built-in templates and data for 12,000 parts

     
  • House Move: Saving a Luxury Home From Beach Erosion

    When a compromised island setting requires moving not one, but four, massive structures, the logistical challenges are daunting and the process is nothing short of impressive.

     
  • Nothing but Net (Subscriber content)

    Judging a company's profitability based on gross profit can be misleading. Your bottom line numbers are a better indicator of performance. Here's why.

     
  • Settling With All the Right Parties

    If you have to settle out of court, be sure you cover all your bases.

     
  • What Happens When You Ignore Construction Defects?

    Contractors who discover construction defects or mistakes in their work face two challenges: ignore them and risk liability, or fix the problems and risk destroying evidence.

     
  • Heat Kills

    After a long winter, summer's finally here ... and it could be brutal.

     
  • Clients from Hell

    Adam Shaf says a dispute with his former clients stems from them "not paying us for work, not because of poor workmanship."

     
  • Masonry Through-Wall Flashing at Windows (Subscriber content)

    Enclosing an open second-story deck above a kitchen with through-wall flashing poses some unique challenges.

     
  • Paid in Full?

    What to do when the scope of work changes and the customer disputes your claim for full payment.

     
  • This list applies to new construction or a structural remodeling job. Your Job Start Package should be customized to the type of work your company does.

    How to Conduct a Job Start Review (Subscriber content)

    If you work with employees or subs, you need to be clear about what, exactly, the project entails and when it's expected to be completed. Everyone needs to understand. This job start package lays it all out.

     
  • JLC May Letters

    Tips for soldering a lap seam; the usefulness of the GRK lap harness; and the future of vocational training.

     
  • Communities Mandate the Removal of Wood Roofing

    In an effort to curb the risk of wildfire destroying homes, more and more western communities push for the removal of existing wood roofing.

     
  • Save the Trades

    Ottawa, Illinois high-school students shine in national spotlight for protesting the cut of building trades training.

     
  • How to Play It Safe When Approving Overtime

    Managing employees' overtime can be tricky. Here are a few tips to keep your staff happy and your company out of the courtroom.

     
  • Mississippi Adopts Statewide Building Code Law

    After receiving negative attention for lax code policies, Mississippi has moved to require enforcement of model building codes statewide.

     
  • Congress Rolls Back Flood Insurance Hikes

    President Obama has signed a measure that reins in steep hikes in flood insurance under the federally-backed National Flood Insurance Program.

     
  • Have Job, Will Travel

    Unless an employee is driving to or from home, he needs to be paid for travel time.

     
  • Personal Dashboard (Subscriber content)

    Setting up a single screen with your calendar, email, and links to your favorite websites can save you hours of surfing.

     
 
 
 
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