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 Post subject: Re: New logo
Posted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:14 pm 


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 Post subject: Re: New logo
Posted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:34 pm 


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 Post subject: Re: New logo
Posted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:40 pm 

derail ..there is no derailing here... you got us confused with the other place ... LOL

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 Post subject: Re: New logo
Posted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:41 pm 

Howdy guys. Sorry it's been so long. Just a few things on my plate.

Love the new slogan/logo!

Hi John... Glad to see you. How's the knee?

Thanks for asking. It is feeling better, one week after surgery, then it did months and months after the first 2. This is the first time in over 3 years that I am optimistic about it actually healing.

There was about a 1x1 flap of cartilage that tore under my knee cap. They had to remove it and clean it up. What was left is a 1x1 square of bone sticking through. They had to then drill a bunch of small holes in the bone to "encourage" "scar cartilage" to grow.

They also fixed a small tear on the lateral meniscus.

Honestly, it feels great.

Doesn't sound great, but glad YOU think so.

How did the vasectomy go?

Shhhhhhhh! Blabber mouth!!! He doesn't know about that. I told him the soreness was an unfortunate side affect from the knee surgery.

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 Post subject: Re: New logo
Posted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:45 pm 

The vasectomy SUCKED!

Well if April ever gets tired of you, you can always find a woman that wants to have children and not tell her any different :lol: :lol:

April has already had 4 children and John has enough women in his life (4 daughters and a wife) if has energy for any more women, I'm going to start making him run calls on the weekends.

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 Post subject: Re: New logo
Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:11 pm 

When we get them, everyone who is still a member 'over there' will have to post in the 'post your mug' thread!

I slay me... lol

In the air of the :chicken

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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else...
Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:31 pm 

Johntheplumber wrote:
At least my name sounds normal when spoken.

Except I picture a Disney film and a large bear when I see your name. That's a good thing, btw.

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 Post subject: Re: New logo
Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:11 am 

If there is a profit .. It should go to charity .. Something that has to do with the trades or construction .... Or maybe a consumer awareness program to hire license trades ... I don't need the extra income ...

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 Post subject: Thank You OS
Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 1:05 am 

Want to think you for starting this forum, I feel at home here, there is no other place like this, this is the best. :goodjob :group22

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 Post subject: Re: Hiring Older Guys
Posted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:48 am 

I'm coming up on 57... I think... I'll have to ask my wife to be sure... I don't keep track...

But yea my shirt better have a pocket.... Unless you don't want written invoices, quotes, and signed hold harmless agreements... Where would you keep a pen without a shirt pocket?

You aren't one of those cheap t-shirt outfits are you?

No. We have these awesome, state of the art, wick-away fabric polo shirts. They are nice and expensive. I really don't want our invoices folded up in someone's sweaty pocket.
Good! The only paper that goes in my pocket would be notes to myself such as the parts list for a job before I formalize it... I'm really anal about paperwork... We turn ours in weekly and I watch the other guys shuffling their paperwork for an hour, while I walk in ready to hand over my folder with a printed list of anything requiring special attention...

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 Post subject: Re: Hiring Older Guys
Posted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:41 pm 

We've had so many older plumbers apply lately. We currently have 2 guys in their 50's working for us. This week I interviewed a 65 year old that looked 50, a 50 year old that looked 70. I don't know why we seem to be attracting an older crowd. I can't decide if its a good thing or bad. I appreciate the experience and work ethic, but worry about safety on the job. Thoughts?

The average age of a licensed plumber in Texas is 55 now, if I remember you're meeting the average plumber available is what it sounds like.

It's unfortunate for the long term viability of the trade, but the problem is that plumbing is hard, dirty work and without a strong work ethic it's difficult for youngsters to get in and stay in.

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Posted: Wed May 01, 2013 6:10 am 

I agree most of the time new construction is much too tight. Everyone wants to say I made a million bucks last year. I would rather gross 200k and keep 50% than gross a million and keep 10%. Some of my commercial work is 75% profitable.

In 2005-2006 I was contracted by a rapper that lived here for a time. I had an in and nothing more.....luck I guess.

I grossed 1.3 million in '05, almost by myself.

I used the money to pay off almost everything that we had at the time. It was the smart thing to do.

1.3 mil top line......means nothing. A TON of headaches from celebrities and their people....Stress level through the roof, just to chase a dollar. Totally not worth it, IMHO.

In 2008, the market came crashing down hard and so did our workload.....that money was used up floating the company and then some.

When it got busy again, i made time for the clients that took care of me and stopped caring about the people that made my blood pressure rise. Without a doubt, a more peaceful existence. There is a certain gratification in telling a difficult person that you don't need them to make your business thrive and that the phone book and craigslist has a ton of people suited just for them.

I'd take $350,000.00 in gross sales with a 45% margin over that 1.3 mil any day of the week. I hate headaches.... :)

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 Post subject: Re: Beatifying Gas meters
Posted: Wed May 01, 2013 10:09 am 

Johntheplumber wrote:
It's called a plant. Use one.

Agreed, but holly and rose bushes should be against code when planted on top of plumbing :o :? 8-)

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Posted: Wed May 01, 2013 11:11 pm 

Gettinit wrote:
Dare I ask what happened now?

They will start a private section for jokes and such. 500 posts and your allowed to be funny, post whoring is ok to get there... if your a dude.

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 Post subject: Re: Finally...
Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:26 am 

Humility is good for the soul ... They will see the new improved Ben .. You were at the bottom now hang on tight .. For the rise to the top again .... I am so very proud of you

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 Post subject: Re: Darwin Was Right!
Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 2:04 am 

At this point I'm ready to accept gun ownership & use being at least as regulated as driving a car...
I've got a neighbor that can't get a drivers license, she can't pass the test...
I'm really okay with that...
I'm sure having her off the road helps keep her from running into my stuff.

You can't license a right.

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 Post subject: Random Gun Pic Thread
Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 8:14 pm 

My newest acquisition...2010 Colt Wiley Clapp Commander Serial number 596 :D


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 Post subject: Re: Adsense...
Posted: Sun May 12, 2013 5:06 pm 

I don't know if it will take care of the cost... never did this before... but if it does then we can get a real professional phone app designed just for this site

Put up a Paypal donation button... :chicken I suspect you could pay for an app pretty quickly. The phbbb thing takes all of the life out of the sight. I like the browser on my iPhone better. Plus, a real app from the App Store would attract more users than anything else, IMO.

I don't mind Adsense. Just found an add for $49.50 drain cleaning, any drain! Thinking about subbing this chump out, and then charging the customer what they should be paying. :)

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Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:55 am 

I though you guys fell of the planet ... You got to at least check in every now and then just to say you are still alive and well ...

Once you are gone for a while we fear the worse has happen like you got sucked up in a tornado or some thing like that .. One never knows

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 Post subject: Re: The Random Quote Thread
Posted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:19 am 

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

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 Post subject: Labor of love...
Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:18 am 

I read that the real test of a man is if he can build a swing set for the kids.
This is my attempt. The swingsets I liked in the stores that I pictured my kids not growing out of quickly were very pricey.
There is a reason for that, and I found out why.
I lost count of the hours I put in, but I like it.
Hurricane Sandy had no effect on the structure. I removed the swings beforehand.
No plan for building it. I used a 3-D image from Creative Playthings as a guide and made my own measurements.
The monkey bars are 1" black pipe with railing flanges.
The deck is leftover Trex, and the roof shingles are the same as the roof to my house.
The logs are landscape timbers, ripped in half and mitered to sheath the walls. Whole pieces for the deck balusters.
I have some finishing touches, and a rock wall to build in the rear of the playhouse.
NO fireman's pole - I have daughters. :x
BTW: they carried all of the logs in. One of my kids hammered in a few nails on the shingles.
The blue ratchet tie down is for a "tightrope" after my kids saw Nick Wallenda tightrope walk on tv. IMAG1056 (1800x1076).jpg IMAG1056 (1800x1076).jpg IMAG1057 (1800x1076).jpg

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 Post subject: Re: New PHACERS LOGO
Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:50 pm 

Hey RW. How are you? How's your biz growing?

Eh it's pretty slow going now. My sales skills have improved, but the phone isn't ringing much. With the weather here, i don't blame anyone for not doing anything another sub zero day with windchill.

Take advantage of the slow times to prepare for the busy times. How are improving your sales skills? What are you doing?

I took a bunch of lessons from Richard Hilliard. He really improved my customer communication, which translates to tons of additional sales.

He's such a nice guy. I heard he was really sick. Have you talked to him lately?

I'm reading an amazing book right now called It's Your Ship. Learning so much. You should check it out. I've got Richard's book too, I have the guys read it. I've also got some of O.S.'s stuff printed out to read, although most of that is geared towards me (management) more than the plumbers.

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 Post subject: Re: New PHACERS LOGO
Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 12:39 am 

RW Plumbing wrote:
Snow and ice in Dallas? Is no where safe?

Phoenix... If it snows here, hell freezes over and the whole shabang ends!!
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