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May 2017

Can You Read Structural Drawings?

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If somebody handed you structural drawings, could you read them? Here is a fantastic overview of the basics.

Multi-tools. Some are garbage, some are awesome. These are all awesome

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There is always a glut of multi-tools on the market. Here are 5 that we think are pretty extraordinary. My personal favorite is the Lever Gear toolcard. Check them out.

Profit Markup vs. Margin – Simple Formula, Common Mistake

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A lot of contractors incorrectly calculate profit on their estimates. Most contractors use the markup method – but this method will leave your bottom line coming up short every time! In this brief video, they explain the difference between a markup and a margin, and how to use a profit margin formula on your estimates that will give you an accurate profit every time

It works for contractors too!

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You might want to check out Warren Buffett’s top 10 rules for success. The very first thing is “Find your passion!”

What is a construction worker salary these days?

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I recently saw this and thought I would post. I disagree with the numbers offered in here but maybe because I only deal with licensed skilled professionals. Any thoughts?

Details about this chart

Construction Worker Salaries



How much markup on materials?

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Lots of contractors are leaving money on the table by not adding markup to materials. Do yourself a big favor and start if you aren’t.

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Homemade tools from a drill

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If you ever needed a desk blower, now you know how to make one. And 3 other crazy tools.

Review: Field Tested – The Martinez M1 Titanium-Handled Hammers

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There is a lot of debate about titanium hammers versus steel hammers and the debate has been going on for a few years now. The questions all address whether titanium hammers are worth the cost, which is sometimes 4-5 times more than a steel hammer, and do they REALLY prevent injuries. If you are a fan of titanium, here is a recent review after a field test.  Mark Martinez, the original inventor of the Stiletto TiBone hammer, recently released his newest invention: the Martinez Tools M1 Titanium handle hammer.The M1 has a titanium handle and a replaceable steel head.

If you are thinking about switching over to titanium, read a detailed review here before you drop over $200 on a hammer.