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Monday, June 12, 2017


Addendum (Addenda) is a supplement, revision, or clarification to the construction documents developed and published by the designer or engineer. Addenda are issued during the bidding process or when the job is underway. They are distinguished from change orders in that they do not refer to time or cost and clients do not generally sign off on them. Addenda issued during the bidding process must be read carefully by each bidder because they provide answers to questions put to the designer by every contractor bidding on that job. 

From the Terms & Definition section of EOB

Monday, June 05, 2017

in house accounting

Keep accounting services in-house if you can. There are companies that offer those services—from individual accounting components to the entire process—but there is significant benefit to having most, if not all, of your accounting done in-house. Our CPA of many years said that, among his clients, those who did in-house accounting were the most profitable because they learned what the numbers meant and how to use them to lower overhead and production costs. Further, you care more about the result than an outside company does and, therefore, the information will be more accurate and more useful.

EOB, Accounting Notes

Monday, May 29, 2017

Profit is the reward for running a business well. . .

There is nothing more fundamental in business than profit. Before you do anything else, learn what it is and how to charge for it and add it to every project. If a business is not making adequate profit, the owner is working for wages and would be better off taking a job with someone else and giving up the responsibility and the risk of being in business.   EOB, Rules, Ethics, & Opinions

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Monday, May 15, 2017

The Business of Building

Some of what the book contains is idealistic, as I believe that life and by extension business should be an ongoing effort to improve and expand. Some of what it says will be obvious one day, but when starting out simple things are often not obvious at all. Some of it is my opinion, with all the shortcomings they contain, and there are ideas that contradict each other because there is no one right way to run a job, hire an employee, or establish and manage a business. And yet, The Elements of Building gets to the heart of the business and addresses much of what will be encountered along the way. 

Monday, May 08, 2017

SF & LF estimating

Square foot (SF) and linear foot (LF) are units of measure: total SF of siding or plywood or total LF of copper pipe or gutter and downspout, for example. SF/LF pricing is used in stick and unit estimating, but it can also be used as a stand alone method for certain types of work—simple decks, blacktopping a driveway, or replacing asphalt shingles, for example—and it can be useful when providing preliminary pricing during the early stages of a project’s development. But SF/LF pricing fails quickly—and should not be used—if you don’t have reliable cost data, if you are unfamiliar with the construction method, or if the site or the work is nonstandard. Other downsides to SF/LF pricing are that, if something must be added or removed from the estimate, there are few details available to adjust, and, because you are not breaking the project into it smaller parts, it is easier to miss nonstandard items.
EOB, Types & Parts of Estimates 
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Sunday, April 30, 2017


The image of your company, its physical appearance, matters. Customers hire individuals and companies that are clean-cut and well organized because they believe that it indicates competence, quality, and professionalism. And they believe this because, on balance, it does. 

EOB, Rules, Ethics, & Opinions

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Monday, April 24, 2017

SAFETY: freedom from injury or risk

The pain of a person hurt is obvious, less obvious are the ways a company suffers; job disruption, lost income, rising insurance costs, poor morale, schedule changes, and possible legal issues. A safe job is the direct result of the effort and resources that a company gives to safety, and the investment pays for itself a thousand fold, although the return is measured by what does not happen.

EOB, Rules, Ethics, & Opinions