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Apr

New York State of Mind

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The Empire State Building was actually completed ahead of schedule, taking only one year and 45 days to build.

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21
Apr

We’re Being Framed

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21
Apr

Fuzzy (Builder’s) Math

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When will the “cost plus builders margin” of 20% end up costing you “cost” plus 25%?

When it’s calculated by the builder as “cost divided by .80 minus the cost for a 20% job”.

Example: ($1000) + (20%) = $1200 in basic math vs ($1000 / .80) – ($1000) = $1250 in builder’s math.

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21
Apr

Big Box Hell

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For reasons that are too frustrating to relive in detail, we recommend that you avoid the “big box” stores for special order items.

In general, finding someone to help you is a problem. Finding someone who knows anything is a bigger problem. The products tend to be sub-standard and are ususlly made by a subsidiary of a subsidiary of the advertised manufacturer.

If you want a rake or a shovel, no problem. If you want a custom set of doors, shop at your local, independent dealer.

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11
Apr

Subfloor

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