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Maybe some hope for me yet.:thumbup:
Two back to back calls yesterday. Come on phone ring again today.
 

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I'd rather it doesn't ring sometimes...:whistling2:
Nothing like having a really bad week and end up going way out of your service area to do a decent job...
Only to have a "stupid" callback on it...

I'm talking like you replaced a good sized section of drain for a bath and 30' away a copper supply line has an expansion rub noise... But it happens when they run water at the sink you worked on....:furious:

I had that happen not long ago...
I had a good idea that was what it was but the boss said go anyhow..:whistling2:

It was still winter and the incoming cold supply was supper cold. Just above the boiler it was rubbing and it would reach room temperature but whenever water was run anywhere the incoming cold had the pipe contract and make noise...

What did that have to do with the drain I put in?
Of course, they didn't want to do anything with it...

Thats my luck anyhow...
When it's real bad...
Relax...
Don't wish for more...
It may be worse....:laughing:
 

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Cool.

I'm paring down expenses, too. I'd like to get to the point where being slow isn't a issue as long as the mortgage and food bill gets paid.
 

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I feel bad for all those guys that built their businesses on new construction. For them, times are tough. If your business is to survive and grow it has to be diversified. New construction can only be a small piece of the overall pie. Service work gets your foot in the door and builds a customer base that will continue to grow as your business grows. Look for new avenues to explore like solar, goe-thermal, HVAC and such. If you need training than make that training your priority for a while.
 

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Looks like I'm back on track phones still ringing :thumbsup:
 

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Maybe some hope for me yet.:thumbup:
Two back to back calls yesterday. Come on phone ring again today.
Great for you :thumbup::thumbup: now how about sending some of that luck west to missouri.:laughing:
 

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Dear clog fairy.
Please send lots of work to Al's sewer let him keep his fridge full and bills paid. A little profit would be nice to for him to. :)
 

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Dear clog fairy.
Please send lots of work to Al's sewer let him keep his fridge full and bills paid. A little profit would be nice to for him to. :)
Amen :thumbsup:
 

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Dear clog fairy.
Please send lots of work to Al's sewer let him keep his fridge full and bills paid. A little profit would be nice to for him to. :)
It's sort of wierd here lately. I'll get a job for a complete ripipe and then a few service calls and then along comes another big job. I wouldn't say it's super busy but it's almost steady. What's nice about it is that with the bigger jobs coming in it makes it all ok and we're ahead of the game.
After 20 years of doing this I don't get worried anymore. I did in the beginning but it all seems to work itself out in the long run so don't worry, it will be fine.
The best advice I can give you is to keep it fun and stay on top of it. Use the slow time to come up with new stratagies, new advertising etc.
Most of you know I love my free time. Today was the nicest day we've had yet up here in northern Minnesota and I took today off. I cut down a few tree's for firewood out at the cabin, rode the new wheeler around, had a few beers and had a great time. I even left the cell phone at home! You need to take time for yourself and that's the best advice of all!:thumbup:
 

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I feel bad for all those guys that built their businesses on new construction. For them, times are tough. If your business is to survive and grow it has to be diversified. New construction can only be a small piece of the overall pie. Service work gets your foot in the door and builds a customer base that will continue to grow as your business grows. Look for new avenues to explore like solar, goe-thermal, HVAC and such. If you need training than make that training your priority for a while.
Depends upon where you live. We are 75% new construction and are celebrating our 25th year here. While some of it is indeed down, we suppliment it with light service work and a ton of remodels that we would otherwise not touch in boom times. The key to new construction is to always track the trends, subscribe to newletters that track new permits and always, always, always prepare. Our small pie is over 20 builders. Another key is always do the utmost quality that you can and people will come to you over your competitors in all times.
 

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I guess it does really depend on where you live. Up here we don't get a lot of new construction but we do have hundreds of homes with ancient galvanized water piping and rotting cast iron drains and sewers. Enough to keep me busy until I'm six feet under I hope.
 

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I guess it does really depend on where you live. Up here we don't get a lot of new construction but we do have hundreds of homes with ancient galvanized water piping and rotting cast iron drains and sewers. Enough to keep me busy until I'm six feet under I hope.
we have a lot of that here in missouri. Trouble is I haven't been in business long enough for word of mouth to get out. I am hoping that will change soon. Most of my customers are happy with the work I do and they say they will recommend me to thier friends. Can't ask for much more than that.
 

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Got a OK to do a 5-700 copper repair next tuesday and have 2-8"CC's to throw in (California Faucet Co., AWSOME) same $ this Saturday, otherwise were recovering
from doing a gals SOD, believe it or not, recently, plus sprinklers, plus moving 20 yards of dirt and amending soil etc et al 6K which was desperately needed ending 2 weeks ago. It started with a new street-meter to house gas service ($ not included heere ) and she kept adding stuff once she saw the work / service. THATS IT! I "used" to have a saying "A grand a day keeps the bill collectors away" No More !
 
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