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Archive for September, 2011

Festool Extractors Full Unit Hepa Certified-RRP Vacuum

Festool Extractors Full Unit Hepa Certified-RRP Vacuum

By on September 30, 2011 in Equipment, Lead Paint with 7 Comments

Here at Blogging Painters we try and keep our readers informed of the latest changes in the industry. We would not be able to do that without the group of contractors we network with on a daily basis. Many of our contributors also maintain their own blogs where they share their expertise.   Scott Burt […]

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Getting out of the Bucket-Developing a System for Painting Contractors

Getting out of the Bucket-Developing a System for Painting Contractors

By on September 30, 2011 in Pricing and Estimating with 1 Comment

Most professional painting contractors understand the importance of developing systems for their business. For those who want to get out of the bucket, it is absolutely imperative. Unfortunately, developing systems can be a very imposing task, and many contractors don’t know where to start. However, it doesn’t have to be a daunting task. If they use a system, the process can […]

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Paint Chip Sampling

Paint Chip Sampling

By on September 28, 2011 in Lead Paint with 2 Comments

On October 4, 2011 Certified Renovators will be allowed to take paint chip samples as allowed by the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.  What has not been discussed is how to properly take a paint chip sample … until now. Warning:  Paint chip sampling is a destructive test.  It will produce small quantities of […]

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Why re-invent the wheel?

By on September 26, 2011 in Blogging Tips with 1 Comment

One of my favorite blogging buddies is Heidi Nyline of Warline Painting. She has a great writing style and really understands the concept of customer education and service. Most of our blogs here are centered towards educating each other or providing resources to manage our own businesses, or doing product and equipment reviews to keep up […]

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Selling RRP Projects, Part Two

Selling RRP Projects, Part Two

By on September 25, 2011 in Lead Paint, Marketing with 2 Comments

We found from part one that if we would actually read the law, many of our projects would have low compliance cost.  If the compliance cost were under 10% of the overall job price, maybe it was simply a better idea not to mention RRP at all. Part Two covers RRP projects that would exceed 10% […]

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Choosing Colors-Where to start?

Choosing Colors-Where to start?

By on September 24, 2011 in Homeowner Resources with 0 Comments

Have you just purchased a new home? Having one built? Or just ready for some change in your home? Adding the right color can add flair to any living space, it can warm up a cozy family room, invoke a cool spa feel in a bathroom or personalize a child’s room. It can also be […]

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Your friends make horrible business advisors

By on September 22, 2011 in Business Practices with 0 Comments

Have you ever sat down with a friend to ask him/her their advice on your business challenges? Have you complained about the trials and tribulations of running a painting business? Chances are you have, and chances are you were given advice that your friend wanted you to hear. Recently I spoke to a business owner […]

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Ducks in a row…..

Ducks in a row…..

By on September 21, 2011 in Safety and OSHA with 1 Comment

One of the hardest things about being a Painting Contractor is keeping up with all the legal requirements of owning a service oriented business.  We work with dangerous chemicals, use equipment that has high rates of injuries, and usually do this in an occupied home. That is a lot of liability! Are you covered? Mark […]

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Denver Historic Home Restoration

Denver Historic Home Restoration

By on September 19, 2011 in Homeowner Resources with 2 Comments

History is abundant in the Denver area. That’s why we take pride in giving older homes a “rejuvenated life.” Whether it’s ensuring an existing building is secure or adding up-to-date amenities, we appreciate the style and architectural needs with the ability to complete the project. Dowd Restoration brings back the value, splendor and integrity in […]

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Is Quality Still Possible in This Economy?

Is Quality Still Possible in This Economy?

By on September 18, 2011 in Business Practices with 19 Comments

We say yes. Sure, we all have sharper pencils today than we did 5 or 7 years ago. Alot of the (would be) competition has become pretty adroit – or sloppy -at figuring out where to compromise product and process to make lower numbers work. Some will even tell you that they make more money […]

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Tommy Johnson

By on September 17, 2011 in Uncategorized with 5 Comments

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Darren Slaughter

By on September 17, 2011 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

Darren Slaughter is a great help to contractors of all types, his frequent and timely videos are always an inspiration! Her he is answering one of my questions, contact him if have a question!

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Networking your Painting Business

Networking your Painting Business

By on September 14, 2011 in Marketing with 0 Comments

Interesting article by another of my favorite authors, Ivan Misner is the founder of BNI. Business networking is leveraging your business and personal connections to bring you a regular supply of new business. The concept sounds simple, doesn’t it? Don’t let that fool you, though. Because it involves relationship building, it can be a deceptively […]

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Blogging for Contractors-The New Reality!

By on September 13, 2011 in Websites and SEO with 5 Comments

It’s official! Blogging is here to stay! But we knew that already, didn’t we?  Some of the most common complaints/excuses not to blog I hear is “I don’t have the time” followed by “I don’t know what to write about”. Well, if you are new to blogging, or have been muddling along on your own, […]

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Are you Linkedin?

Are you Linkedin?

By on September 12, 2011 in Social Media with 2 Comments

      Another great post by BNI Founder Ivan Misner on maximizing your Linkedin profile.  Read the whole article, but I wanted to highlight #5 5. Building and Enhancing Credibility LinkedIn may well become the first place everyone will look to determine the business profile of an individual. LinkedIn allows a professional to showcase […]

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