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Reader's Choice: DeWalt Cordless Rotary Laser

To achieve a quality finished project, remodeler Chris Peterson starts all his jobs with a level line. Whether he's establishing grades for excavation of footings and foundations, leveling floors and ceilings, or making sure crown moldings and chair rails all run at the same height, Peterson uses his DeWalt Cordless Rotary Laser. More

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Closing a Sales Deal

When it comes to sales, Bill Simone of Custom Design + Construction leaves nothing... More

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Tying Customer Payments into Projects

On most projects, we collect a down payment of roughly 5% to 10% of the total contract. That could mean we send invoices as close as a week apart, depending on when invoices come in to us. More

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Sunroom industry positively affected by West Nile virus

Not that the popular opinion of mosquitoes was ever particularly positive, but ever since the first human cases of the West Nile virus in the United States popped up in 1999, even the staunchest animal-rights activists have at least thought about hurting a fly. "We don't specifically tell people that a sunroom will keep them from getting the West Nile virus, but it's definitely a concern of some consumers," says Cristi Holmes of Maine Window & Sunroom in Kennebunk. More

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The Fast Arch System: ZeeLights Under-cabinet Lighting: Polar Wall Plus! Insulated Vinyl Siding

A custom-designed, preformed arch was what he needed, so the remodeler tried The... More

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Hard Knocks

The crew reroofed the first house, finishing the job at 3 p.m. Then, the estimator waited four long hours for the homeowner to return from work.He was shocked, but the next day the homeowner agreed to sign a liability waiver, refusing to pay anything toward the roof, which Waller estimates at $15,000, between hard costs, project manager time, and attorney fees. More

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Manufacturers held strictly liable for defective products

Superior Court, the California Supreme Court ruled that two window manufacturers could be held "strictly liable" if their products, installed in a mass-produced home, were found to be defective. Strict liability, according to lawyer Sam Abdulaziz, means "liability without fault;" the burden is to prove simply that the product failed. More

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NuHeat radiant floors: Ambiance LX: Bellacor.com

Remodeler: AJ Paron-Wildes Company: DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen, St. Louis Park,... More

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Start planning your exit strategy for succession

Gauthier holds control through V (voting) shares, while two employees, Bryan Beauchemin and Steve Podlich, hold N (non-voting) shares. His target of six potential partners is arbitrary, and his vice president, Beauchemin, will exert influence in hiring strong new employees so Gauthier has partners to buy his shares when he leaves. More

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Using A Digital Camera and Microsoft PowerPoint to Create Multimedia Presentations

To increase referrals, compile an end-of-project "memories" CD, with crew interviews, clips of the client's family, and critical project documents. Other ideas: sales presentations featuring customer testimonials and training presentations with expert installers. More

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