Review: Menard’s New Store In Livonia, Michigan

Menards Livonia

On a decidedly cool Wednesday afternoon, I rode out to the new Menard's on Middlebelt Road. I got an invite in the mail a few weeks ago welcoming me and other Contractors to come out and test drive their store.  I couldn't make the Monday afternoon program for Contractors Only, so I went today. The… Read Article

Review: CustomInk T-Shirts

CustomInk website

I decided it was time for new t-shirts for my home repair company.  I did a Google search for "custom t-shirts" and up came a bunch of websites that specialize in them.  The first page and first line was a company called, "Custom Ink".  I clicked the link because "Design your own t-shirts online, and… Read Article

The Gorilla Gripper: A Cool Contractor Tool


The Gorilla Gripper seems to be an incredibly useful new tool for guys out in the field.  This is especially great for the "one-man-show" type of home improvement contractor that works alone.  Check out the video: Here's the description from the company's profile: Are you straining your back, neck, shoulders and hands lifting plywood, drywall… Read Article

Review: The LiftPod by JLG


I'm always looking for innovative products that step outside the box as far as usefulness goes. The LiftPod by JLG seems to fit that bill. What I like about this product is that one man can safely set it up and it will lift you up to 14 feet!  That distance is where we contractors… Read Article

Review: Using Google Sketch-up And Time-lapse Videos To Gain An Edge

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Have you guys tried Google Sketch-up to gain an advantage when presenting the homeowner with illustrations of their project?  You can give a client a 3D rendering of their project -- straight to their inbox. This useful software tool combines a tool-set with an intelligent drawing system. It enables you to place models using real-world… Read Article