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Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by mrusk, Sep 8, 2008.

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  1. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    i dont agree, hes never going to be the one running it to get the job done and make the money so i dont see the need in being a pro on it. but you should (im sure you do) know enough to be able to tell them what to do and what not to do.
  2. Hollowellreid

    Hollowellreid LawnSite Senior Member
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    The boss man here can basically run the equipment but that's about it.

    We try to keep him from coming to the jobs, he tends to just run into stuff and cause things to go backwards rather than forward.
  3. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
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    It would be impossible to be the best in my company in everything we do. I'd have to be a expert mason, carpenter, paver layer, operator, mechanic, etc!

    I do enjoy running the machine. If I were persuing excavation jobs i'd proably run it more. But the way we use it, if I was the main operator it would affect other parts of my business.
  4. Hardscaping

    Hardscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    this is true the operator should be the best at running the equipment that is why you hire them as an OPERATOR and pay them more to run a machine that others don't know how to use. I agree you should be able to use your own equipment but you don't need to be an expert on them, as long as you know enough to tell if the guy you are interviewing knows his stuff.
  5. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
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    I didnt mean it like the best ever, I didnt explain it right.. I mean more like what picasso said.. he knows how to do stuff in a more productive way and can just show up on a job and say hey try it this way and it is alot more productive... Like I said I didnt explain it right..

    And the only way you could be the best operator if you start like I am starting out.. you are the owner operator and you have alot of time to get better and you have no choice but to get good at it..

    But sorry for the misunderstand I do that alot I type it one way and it doesnt quite explain what I mean and you guys dont get what I am actually saying..
  6. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
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    Every state is different. In NJ it is highly illegal to do that without being licensed. Heck they are even having problems with low voltage lighting if it hasnt been changed yet.

    Yes electrical is pretty easy, but the proper techniques are why you pay the big bucks. I rewired my whole house last year and saved over 15K. It was a huge learning curve, and I had to redo the first room I did, but I had a knowledge of DC electric going in so AC wasnt much different. Anyways like I said you have to hire a licensed electrician if it isnt your house. Not sure Matt's insurance company would like his masons doing it.

    I think I know where this job is. You guys dont work a minute past 5 do you. Ive seen a lot of hacks come out of that road. Glad to see something go right up there. A lot of dreams have been crushed up on that mountain.
  7. iowa

    iowa LawnSite Senior Member
    from NW IA
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    the psi in concrete is the amount of pressure it can withstand before failing. 4000 mix is the norm up here.
  8. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    how do they change the psi? what ag they use, how much portland, fiber?
  9. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
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    We work past 5 almost every day.
  10. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
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    ratio of portland, aggregate and water. all adds up to psi
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