The wall no one else would bid
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The wall no one else would bid
The homeowners wanted a patio built on top of an existing 13’ wall 1/2 way up a steep slope. But, the wall wasn’t salvageable. There were no caps on the open core wall blocks, so water got behind the wall. And, it was built with maybe 1/3 of the geogrid needed. Bahler Brothers designer Jen Kloter says, “We gave them an initial estimate triple what they had planned.” This didn’t go over too well... MORE
Great companies put people 1st
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Great companies put people 1st
A great company has happy people turning out great products thereby creating happy clients. Young companies 1-5 years old will focus mostly on hard work and delivering a product. Great companies 5 years and older will be focused on their people if they are to achieve sustainable profit. If you focus on the product only, you will spend 90% of your time in conflict with your people. Great companies have 3 things that they know and teach year after year... MORE
Finish the job
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Finish the job
At a tradeshow I met a hardscape supplier speaking very intently and passionately about the need for contractors to “finish the job.” He could not understand why we, as the designer and installation contractor of our jobs, did not add on items such as furniture, sculptures or other distinguishing out-of-the-box features to our jobs. I was totally intrigued. Sometimes I feel like I have fallen in to a design rut of non-creativeness and I need a kick in the pants to get going... MORE
Why we believe in clamping tools
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Why we believe in clamping tools
Any labor function where you remove potential physical risk is a winning proposition for your crews. That’s why my company made the decision to invest in tools that eliminate the need for our laborers to hand lift heavy products. Clamping tools are a god-send for lifting. Once you learn how to use clamping tools efficiently your production will increase. Take a look at the paver, slab, step and SRW clamping tools we use...
How to take better lighting photos
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How to take better lighting photos
Are you embarrassed by the lighting photos on your website? If so, you are not alone. Despite advances in digital cameras, taking night shots is still a challenge. The following guide gives you simple tips and tricks to create outstanding lighting photos. For starters, get a good camera. No, your smart phone and tablet aren’t up to the task - neither are inexpensive point-and-shoot cameras. Here’s where you need to bite the bullet... MORE
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
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Contractor Profiles

Building a backyard showroom
February/March 2017

Building a backyard showroom

Contractor Joe Monello tells how he designed/built his backyard hardscape and uses it as a showroom. MORE


Building big walls on a shoreline
December/January 2017

Building big walls on a shoreline

Dealing with regulations, risks and a steep slope along a water way. MORE


Installer champ, HNA demo builder, masonry expert
August/September 2016

Installer champ, HNA demo builder, masonry expert

Bobby Cooper shares what he’s learned installing hardscape, masonry and poured concrete almost 30 years. MORE


Seeking help to save a company
June/July 2016

Seeking help to save a company

A contractor learns that growing a company without business experience he could “lose it all.” MORE


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