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What Are You Doing With Your Life?

Can you remember all the excitement ... and pain ... when you were starting out in... More

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When the Customer Is the Owner

Having the company perform work for the owner is essentially the same as taking... More

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Estimating: From Yellow Pad to Excel Spreadsheet

As your business grows, you'll need to develop an estimating system that does more... More

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Tracking the Owner's Time

You need to know what functions you perform before you can make informed hiring... More

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Sole Survivor. What's on Your Feet?

Do you prefer sneakers or tennis shoes for lightness and agility on the jobsite? You might want to think twice about what you wear on your feet. More

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An Efficient Box Truck Build-Out

An organized work vehicle can save you a ton of time and effort, and it might even... More

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Quality, Schedule, Price: Pick Two

All clients come to the table with a set of unspoken expectations, some of which they may not even be aware of. Because these assumptions will inform every decision they make, it's important to bring them into the open and prioritize them early on. This will help you decide whether you and the clients are a good fit — and it will make the job go more smoothly later on. More

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After Katrina: One Year Later

A year after Katrina: voices and impressions from a region rethinking how to build More

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Decorative Shingling

Distinguish your sidewall work with this easy-to-build diamond design More

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Q&A: Detecting Live Romex

Q. I'm a remodeler and often work around existing wiring. What's the most practical and inexpensive tool for detecting live current in either romex or wire in a metal conduit? Can you detect current inside the conduit without opening the conduit? More

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