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Some puckered digging here..

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Wasssup Gents!

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Merry Christmas!

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Sorry I havent been posting lately! Things have been busy. At work we added 3 full time employees taking our total to 6. Business is Great right now.

Personally, our family has moved into a new home. Its a HUGE step up for us! We are super excited to spend this Christmas in our new home.

I attached a few pics from recently of the home, and a few recent project shots, and one of my dog in my new office.

Im going to start posting here more...
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Holy tile nightmare! We installed this tile right after Christmas this year. Got a call about a crack in a grout joint. Plucked the first tile and it came up clean.

Pulled the next one; clean. 😓😭

We had good coverage during installation but somehow the bond completely broke as the set dried. Used +TECtileinstallation brand FullFlex.

All in all its a complete redo. Likely be around $6k to make it right.😔

The client was amazed we were redoing all of it. No way I'd do it any other way.

I have 3 test tiles set last Friday for inspection tomorrow morning which will determine the method for the new installation.

I'm honestly still not sure how this could even happen. I'm leaning towards bad thinset since the coverage was checked during installation. Could also be some type of manufacturing coating on the back of the porclean but I'm not sure about that.

Any thoughts?

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I deleted my post accidently.

I'm exhausted. Working on a few good size projects but the machine is running well oiled. One project in particular has proven most troublesome over the last 6 days.

It's an older home built circa 1930ish. Usually this isn't a problem as we enjoy working on older homes. Bid the job considering the snaffos associated with older homes.

Day 1, the surprise. The entire home is concrete block, no framing. This doubles demo, triples framing, and creates a giant mess while trying to design around unmovables. No problem, we plug ahead and fill the first dumpster in 6 hours. Things are good.

Day 2, the addition. During demo we uncover an addition built totally defying essentially every code, 100% unpermitted.

Fast forward, today. Progress meeting with the client is necessary to explore the possibility of and additional 150k in code compliance alterations not previously figured for.

I just spent the time, did my research, quantified options, and presented the facts honestly and with compassion. Just makes me sick when these things happen.

Tomorrow will be interesting....

Just signed another whole home remodel. Approaching $250k in sales this month which is a record for me. Things are good!

How you guys doing out there?

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Working on the #steelsiding. May not be everyone's cup of tea but I Like it!
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What a Great set of tips on link shortening! I really like the end where it explains how to track whether your link was clicked and if so when.

I'm thinking this coupled with prefabricated client instructions could be a hugely successful sales tool for us contractors.

I wanted to share so perhaps we could figure out how to best approach this together.

Fine job +Daniel Futerman!

Thanks for sharing +Christine DeGraff!
Tip 7/21: Shorten Your Links with Google.
Link shorteners have been around for quite a while now, but not everyone knows how to use them or why they should?

On social media platforms (and on Twitter especially due to the 144 characters limit), it's common for people to shorten links instead of pasting the full long URL. Before we dive into how to shorten links (which it’s ridiculously simple) let’s first understand why you should?

Why short.en links?

► The first and most obvious reason is because it looks better.

For example, instead of sharing the full link to this blog post:

I can shorten the link and it will look like this: 

► The second reason is Analytics. When you shorten a link you get access to a control panel with tons of great information:

★ Total clicks on your link (all time, monthly, weekly).
★ Referrals (where on the web the link was clicked).
★ Browsers (chrome, firefox, safari).
★ Countries.
★ Platform (mac, windows, tablet).

► And third - QR codes. Google will automatically generate a QR code of your link for scanning on mobile devices.

How to shorten links?

Head over to and paste the full URL into the box. Click “Shorten URL” and you're done! It couldn't be more simple.

Make sure you're logged in to your google account (top right corner) in order to save the link to your personal dashboard.

An honest insight

You all know that I love Google and their products. I wouldn't be doing this series otherwise. But when it comes to link shortening I actually don't use Google’s shortener that often... I use Bitly instead.

The simple truth is that Bitly is a more powerful tool that provides more options... let’s you:

★ Add a custom ending to your link ( vs.

★ Create bundles (i.e. "Email marketing links").
★ Set links as private or public.
★ Add notes and edit links description.
★ Integrate with other services via API (buffer, twitter) 

★ Created a Branded Short Domain!

(This is worth explaining!)

+Dustin W. Stout from does it best (I’m not sure whether or not he uses for this? But it's definitely possible) and therefore is a great example!

When Dustin shares links via his brand they always start with his brand name (, and end with several additional characters (just like bitl.y & to make it unique. We won't get into branding now but having a constant theme throughout your business is extremely important.

Cool tip! Track link clicks:

Let’s say you're about to send an urgent email to a client or friend with a link in it, and really need to know whether or not he clicked on that link. Instead of sending the long url - shorten the link and then you'll be able to see if and when the link was clicked!

Like this Tip? Feel free to Comment, +1 and Share :) 

For more tips like this, extra info and detailed screenshots:

#21GoogleTips   #Google   #Bitly   #LinkShorner   #Branding
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