Construction Chat Questions 8/14/14: Water Conservation


#ConstChat Water Conservation 8/14/14Are you in construction? Do you want to build up your following? Are you looking to connect with the Architectural, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) community?

You’re in luck!

Joining our weekly Twitter Chat may just be the right thing for you.

Construction Chat is was started May 8, 2014, and is hosted by us on Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

Check us out on Tagboard!

How to Join a Chat:

1. Follow the hashtag on Twitter (but don’t forget to add #ConstChat manually after your tweet or we won’t see your tweet).

2. Use Hootsuite or TweetDeck and make a column for #ConstChat (but don’t forget to put #ConstChat manually after your tweet).

3. Go to the Twubs page for #ConstChat.

4. My preferred method is using TweetChat. Just go here and log in with your Twitter account. You can even highlight the moderator so you don’t miss questions. Continue reading

Okay. I took photos. Now What? – #ConstChat Recap


#ConstChat Managing PhotoaConstruction Chat was started May 8, 2014, to build community among the construction-inclined.

This weekly chat is hosted by Riggins Construction Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time.  We’d love you to join us, if you’re free next week.

(I put a reminder in my calendar. Otherwise, even I would forget.)

This week’s topic:

This week’s topic was suggested by North County Scaffold.

Because I’ve been downloading and organizing photos for the last fourteen years, here are some of my tips.

Downloading:

If you don’t download your photos on a regular basis, you’ll be facing your kitchen after Thanksgiving. It’s overwhelming and you don’t know where to start. As much as you have the ability, download and sort on a daily basis. It’s the equivalent to clean as you cook.

If your camera is a point and shoot, download the photos after each event and/or day. It’s helpful if the photos are located on some centralized computer/server. Whatever works for your office. This makes it easier to organize. If you wait a week, you could have a thousand photos to organize. This is even more difficult if you’re not the photographer. I learned this the hard way in my early days in roofing. A roof is a roof is a roof. Which roof is it?

If your photos are taken on a mobile device, you may have a cloud-based service that auto uploads. (iCloud for us). Google Plus and Dropbox have free options. But you still need to organize them (file). Just because it automatically downloads to iPhoto or Dropbox doesn’t mean that either one of those programs is going to organize (sort, file) your photos for you.

Organization:

Why do I harp on organization? Will you be able to find that photo a month from now? How about a year? Five years? You never know why or when you’ll need a photo. It could be a warranty issue or even something you want to show a potential client.

Organize the photos the same way you organize your jobs. If by address, then make folders by address and date. Rename the files if possible. Here, we file by job number. So each photo is named for the job number, date, and then series. Since we use iPhoto, this is an easy batch change once the event is created. All of the photos for each job are separated by date in “events,” I use iPhoto, then I make an album for the whole job.

For example, photos for job 14141 taken today are named: 14141-080814-1, 14141-080814-2, etc.

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What’s Your Water Cooler? Mine is Twitter


Twitter is the water cooler. It continually amazes me when people ask if you can really get to know people on Twitter. Yes, you really can get to know people on Twitter.

Often non-users have a notion that the conversations on Twitter are senseless and meaningless. Do they think we have epic conversations about how to solve the universe’s problems in real life? No.

In every office around this country, we all talk about the small things around the water cooler every single day of our lives – the commute, the weather, last night’s American Idol episode.

We all snack, use the restrooms, walk out of the lobby, check the network printer. And in those moments we bump into each other and small talk ensues.

Twitter is just an extension of that basic human behavior. If, that is, you choose to participate.

In our recent interview by MyFixItUpLife.Com, Theresa from My Fix It Up Life asks,

“Is it a bonding experience being on Twitter?”

After Carol answers, I chimed in:

“It’s the water cooler without geography; this is how we bond as humans.”

Mark:

“You’re a genius!”

Did he say that because I am? No. But it suddenly clicked in his brain. I love those lightbulb moments. Click play below (or here) to watch that moment.

Does that strike you as odd?

Maybe factory workers still have to work in silence, but gone are the days where creative employees are discouraged from taking with one another.

TDC Collaborative SpaceCorporate offices are now specifically designed to include collaboration. We’ve noticed this in a few of our recent projects as well where even tables will be set aside for impromptu meetings. Continue reading

Construction Chat Questions 8/7/14: Managing Photos


#ConstChat Managing PhotoaAre you in construction? Do you want to build up your following? Are you looking to connect with the Architectural, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) community?

You’re in luck!

Joining our weekly Twitter Chat may just be the right thing for you.

Construction Chat is was started May 8, 2014, and is hosted by us on Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

Check us out on Tagboard!

How to Join a Chat:

1. Follow the hashtag on Twitter (but don’t forget to add #ConstChat manually after your tweet or we won’t see your tweet).

2. Use Hootsuite or TweetDeck and make a column for #ConstChat (but don’t forget to put #ConstChat manually after your tweet).

3. Go to the Twubs page for #ConstChat.

4. My preferred method is using TweetChat. Just go here and log in with your Twitter account. You can even highlight the moderator so you don’t miss questions. Continue reading

If you can, insulate – #ConstChat Recap


#ConstChat 7/17/14 Topic: InsulationConstruction Chat was started May 8, 2014, to build community among the construction-inclined.

This weekly chat is hosted by Riggins Construction Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time.  We’d love you to join us, if you’re free next week.

(I put a reminder in my calendar. Otherwise, even I would forget.)

This week’s topic:

Insulation, suggestion from Window Works.

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Overcoming Challenges – #ConstChat Recap


#ConstChat ChallengesConstruction Chat was started May 8, 2014, to build community among the construction-inclined.

This weekly chat is hosted by Riggins Construction Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time.  We’d love you to join us, if you’re free next week.

(I put a reminder in my calendar. Otherwise, even I would forget.)

This week’s topic:

I was taking to a friend who works in the grocery industry who said she’s “just blue-collar” so professional development isn’t that critical. Of course I disagree. But we do discount ourselves? And it got me to thinking about us in construction. Are we “just” blue collar?

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Construction Chat Questions 7/24/14: Challenges


#ConstChat ChallengesAre you in construction? Do you want to build up your following? Are you looking to connect with the Architectural, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) community?

You’re in luck!

Joining our weekly Twitter Chat may just be the right thing for you.

Construction Chat is was started May 8, 2014, and is hosted by us on Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

Check us out on Tagboard!

How to Join a Chat:

1. Follow the hashtag on Twitter (but don’t forget to add #ConstChat manually after your tweet or we won’t see your tweet).

2. Use Hootsuite or TweetDeck and make a column for #ConstChat (but don’t forget to put #ConstChat manually after your tweet).

3. Go to the Twubs page for #ConstChat.

4. My preferred method is using TweetChat. Just go here and log in with your Twitter account. You can even highlight the moderator so you don’t miss questions. Continue reading

*Rescheduled* Construction Chat Questions 7/31/14: Insulation


#ConstChat 7/17/14 Topic: InsulationAre you in construction? Do you want to build up your following? Are you looking to connect with the Architectural, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) community?

You’re in luck!

Joining our weekly Twitter Chat may just be the right thing for you.

Construction Chat is was started May 8, 2014, and is hosted by us on Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

Check us out on Tagboard!

How to Join a Chat:

1. Follow the hashtag on Twitter (but don’t forget to add #ConstChat manually after your tweet or we won’t see your tweet).

2. Use Hootsuite or TweetDeck and make a column for #ConstChat (but don’t forget to put #ConstChat manually after your tweet).

3. Go to the Twubs page for #ConstChat.

4. My preferred method is using TweetChat. Just go here and log in with your Twitter account. You can even highlight the moderator so you don’t miss questions. Continue reading

Everybody Poops, Everybody Toots, But We Like to Do it In Style

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Restroom upgrade afterImagine group of kids ranging in age from four to ten years old. A wave of giggles starts in the back corner while you’re teaching, oblivious to the apparent two-dimensional offense. Yep. Somebody passed gas, or as one of the kids will inevitably shout, “He farted!” causing the rest of the group to erupt in laughter almost as violently as Mt. Vesuvius reigned down terror on Pompeii.

Hopefully, most of us have grown out of the giggles, but we have to do what we have to do. The thing is, we like to do it in nice places where we feel safe and clean.

Selling a restroom addition or upgrade to a home owner usually isn’t an insurmountable obstacle. The fact of the matter is that upgrading or adding facilities increases a home’s value. That’s money in the bank.

“According to RealEstate.com, a new full bathroom adds around 20 percent to a home’s value.” ~ Tony Guerra, “How Much Does a New Bathroom Increase the Value of a House?

From pink marble bathrooms to full-spa accommodations, luxury bathrooms are not new. Not only can you buy a multi-function toilet from Toto for about $6,500, there’s even a water closet (that’s construction jargon for toilet) made out of gold that costs around $5 million. Now that’s a throne!

Homes, we get. That’s where we spend a lot of our time primping and prepping for the day or relaxing at night. But what about retail establishments and workplaces? Continue reading

Facebook: Too Big To Quit? – #ConstChat Recap


Facebook for Contractors #ConstChat topic 7/10/14Construction Chat was started May 8, 2014, to build community among the construction-inclined.

This weekly chat is hosted by Riggins Construction Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time.  We’d love you to join us, if you’re free next week.

(I put a reminder in my calendar. Otherwise, even I would forget.)

This week’s topic:

Facebook!

[Gets on soap box.]

There’s a lot of hype right now that Facebook is too hard or Facebook forces people to pay for advertising.

Nonsense. Let’s compare 13% reach on Facebook with Twitter for a moment.

Scott Stratten of goes by the 10/10/10 rule. He describes this in his post, “When We Exaggerate Our Size, Everyone Loses:”

From my non-scientific research (which entails me looking at the screen and rubbing my beard in a professor-style way) and through sending over 85,000 tweets over 4 years and seeing the click-throughs, video and picture views of most of those and other accounts, this is more accurate: 10/10/10 rule.

10% of your follower count is online at any given time

10% of those will have a chance to see your tweet

10% will actually view it/click something

So for me, 1,200 people will see any given tweet of mine that is not a reply. Scientific? No. But I’m sure as shinola it beats “Impression” and “Reach” as a more accurate measure.

For an audience of 14,000 followers that breaks down to 1,400 are online, 140 may see a tweet, 14 may view/click/reply. 14/14000 = 0.1%.

Not one percent.

Zero point one percent.

That’s 0.001.

Though Facebook may “only” be giving Pages 13% reach, that’s still a lot bigger than 1/10 of one percent. We can agree on this, right?

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