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Continuing where last video left off, we go down into the earth. Will I survive? Watch and find out…

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Betty asks…

What Area Of Business Should I Open?

I’m 19 years old 20 on the 29th November.

Ok, so I spent two years learning to be a construction site carpenter but I lost my Job (as well as another few thousand people) due to the industry going under, so I have been at college this past year learning about the printing industry but due to the economy there are no jobs in print!

I have always wanted to own a small business, not to be rich, just so I’m working off my own back and not being somone else’s bitch! lol

I wan’t to open a business in these kind of areas but I can’t think of any good areas.
I just need some advice or ideas of good areas to go into.

I like working with my hands, I like being on my feet, I like working outdoors, I like working with tools, I like working at height, I like working with people, I like dirty jobs, I like having the radio on in the background. I like being able to take my shirt off, I like working in the summer sun.

I am smart enough to go to college and learn something but.

I hate offices, I hate shirts and ties, I hate having to shave every day, I hate photocopiers, I hate cubicles, I hate stress, I hate no being able to talk to people, I hate annoying executives and I especially hate working with computers!! I like my home one but working with one is just awful!
I worked one summer in my mum’s office I HATED IT! basically lol.

I was thinking of window cleaner or painter and decorater, that kinda stuff.

What would you suggest???

All answers will be much appreciated!


Denny answers:

You sound like a perfect candidate for owning your own hood and duct cleaning business. Hood and duct cleaners clean grease off of restaurant hoods and ducts. This repeat service is mandated by law and insurance companies. A job takes approximately 2 to 3 hours to complete. You make $200 to $300 per job. Each store must be cleaned at least twice a year. Some are cleaned every month depending on their grease usage.

It’s dirty work. You have to also work outside and go up on the roof. You work odd hours (late at night after restaurants are closed). You can work by yourself. You can run this business from home.

This business is recession-proof because people will be eating till the Lord comes. And even if all the restaurants folded, you still have churches, nursing homes, hospitals, schools, etc. That have to have their kitchen hoods cleaned.

If you look in your yellow pages for people doing “powerwashing” or “restaurant services”, you will find that there is very little competition. Most people don’t think about this kind of business.

I am a representative for the best hood and duct cleaning business school. Our five day certification training course covers all aspects of the business, gives hands on real world training and practice, and guarantees $21,000 worth of work with the purchase of a marketing program. You could literally have your own business within a week with customers calling you to schedule service. You can visit my website below to learn more about the business and about our school: Advanced Cleaning Systems.

Richard asks…

joke what time is it?

A man is strolling past the mental hospital and suddenly remembers an important meeting.

Unfortunately, his watch has stopped, and he cannot tell if he is late or not. Then, he notices a patient similarly strolling about within the hospital fence.

Calling out to the patient, the man says, “Pardon me, sir, but do you have the time?”

The patient calls back, “One moment!” and throws himself upon the ground, pulling out a short stick as he does. He pushes the stick into the ground, and, pulling out a carpenter‘s level, assures himself that the stick is vertical.

With a compass, the patient locates north and with a steel ruler, measures the precise length of the shadow cast by the stick.

Withdrawing a slide rule from his pocket, the patient calculates rapidly, then swiftly packs up all his tools and turns back to the pedestrian, saying, “It is now precisely 3:29 pm, provided today is August 16th, which I believe it is.”

The man can’t help but be impressed by this demonstration, and sets his watch accordingly.

Before he leaves, he says to the patient, “That was really quite remarkable, but tell me, what do you do on a cloudy day, or at night, when the stick casts no shadow?” The patient holds up his wrist and says, “I suppose I’d just look at my watch.”

Denny answers:

Sounds just like me….
Oh wait! It was me!

George asks…

What’s the best way to reach builders and residential remodeling specialists in Nashville Tennessee?

I am a carpenter in North Carolina. I have been working for a subcontractor mainly specializing in framing large custom homes, but also doing repair and renovations on residential structures. I’ve also worked independently meaning I have the tools, skills, work ethic and every-thing else that would make me a good employee for a General building contractor or a sub contractor in the field.

I will be moving to Nashville, Tennessee in the next few weeks and would like to get the word out that I will be there and looking for a job. I’ve heard a lot about people doing this type of “networking” on the internet, my problem, and that which I need help with, is that I have no idea where and how to get my message out or find a place were it would make sense to ask questions and collect information about the Nashville Building/residential construction scene.

There’s bound to be some-one out there that knows enough about this specific industry/trade, the Nashville area and the Internet to give me some advice that would help me get into the right circles.
Thanks in advance.

Denny answers:

You might do what I did when I was looking for a good home builder. I went to the contractor’s desk at Lowe’s and asked for names of good home builders. I also went to real estate agents, my homeowners insurance agent, anyone who was involved remotely in the home building industry. All of them mentioned the same name first.

That might be one way to sort through the good vs. Bad. Also check out which is the Middle TN Home Builders Association.

Susan asks…

what do you think of my story?

I was born in 1675 in Bristol, England. My mother was a tailor and my father- a sailor, killed not long before my birth. Two girls were born before me, but they both perished from diseases. My mother worked so that we had a bite to eat, and when night fell, she used to read me parts from the Holy Bible. I was not an impetuous child; I rarely played with my peers. I learned to read when I was about five. I emphasize “I learned”, because that was exactly what I did- I learned by myself. Well, of course, my mother helped me, but being the wise woman she was, she always used to say, that if you want something done in this life, you have to do it yourself. She called that rule „The Purgatory on Earth“. According to her, God won’t send your sinful soul to Hell, if you fight for yourself all your life. That was exactly what she made me do. If I wanted a toy- I had to make it myself; if I wanted food- I had to help her prepare it. That is why, when I asked her to teach me to read, she gave me the big, bounded in rough tilt, Bible and told me “Here, read!”. As she was working from dusk, till dawn, I had to do all sorts of house work. And when I was done tending for the garden, or cleaning the dishes, I used to sit on the front porch and tried to decipher those bloody hieroglyphics- the letters. When night fell and mother came home from work, before sitting down for dinner, she used to sit next to me and made me read to her, correcting me or shouting at me, if I didn’t know some word. With a small amount of beating and punishment in front of the wooden crucifix, I can proudly say that I learned to read for month and a half-time. When I got to the age of seven mum sent me to work for an old carpenter, downtown, near the docks. I got the hag of the craft very hardily, because as a whole I had no urge to work. Come to think of it, I have never had such an urge. Of course I have never told that to mother, because she would smite me where I stand. And still I bit my lips, grinded my teeth and tried my best, against my will, hanging him tools, holding the furniture for him, as he was fixing a broken leg, or a crack in the bottom of some old cub-board and soon I even fixed some of the furniture on my own. I didn’t earn much, but for my not-so-rich family, even the small amount of money I distributed each month were very much welcome.

Denny answers:

Its very nice . I like it very much .

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Mary asks…

Science analogies!!!?

1. research: peer review ::
a. idea: completion
b. model:hypothesis
c. movie: critic
d. group: pressure

2. conceptual model: physical model::
a. mathematical: verbal
b. graphical: three-dimensional
c. clay: metal
d. map: idea

3. observation: scientific method ::
a. science: fiction
b. theory: hypothesis
c. night: astronomy
d. drawings: architecture

4. meteorology: astronomy ::
a. captain: team
b. car: bus
c. radar: telescope
d. Earth: sun

5. fossil: geology ::
a. meteor: meteorology
b. planet: astronomy
c. lake: ocean
d. geography: map

6. Earth science: astronomy ::
a. changeable: solid
b. subset: set
c. theory: reality
d. surrounding Earth: beyond Earth

7. meteorology: atmosphere ::
a. oceanography: tides
b. map: geography
c. carpentry: tool
d. ocean: air

8. hypothesis: conclusion ::
a. Earth: universe
b. tentative answer: outcome
c. art: science
d. early: late

9.environmental science: pollution ::
a. meteorology: tornado
b. cause: effect
c. discipline: field of study
d. Earth science: geology

I am stumped! Thanks so much!

Dusty answers:

1. C
2. A?
3. D
4. B
5. B
6. Have no idea
7. A
8. B
9. A

i hope that helps some, sorry i couldn’t help more

Jenny asks…

Any ideas for a birthday present for my grandfather?

My grandfather will be turning 70 in September. My mom and I are planning a surprise party for him but we also want to get him a really nice gift. We are thinking of spending like $300 maximum on the gift. He is really special to me. He has everything which is why this gift idea is difficult. He likes, cooking, carpentry, gardening, cars, baking. He doesn’t like museums, restaurants, nothing tht requires him to be around a lot of people for long time. He has every gardening and tool imaginable to man…he has almost every baking machine. He’s Cuban…he loves music and old movies. We were thinking about a video camera or a nice watch…but does anyone have any other ideas?? I would really appreciate it! Thanks

Dusty answers:

From reading your question, your grandfather wouldn’t want anything for his birthday. He’d want to hang out with you. Get him something small and use that $300 bucks to make more time to be with him. Take a day off work to just hang out with him here and there. At 70, he’ll love to have a lot of your time. And you’ll always treasure the memories.

I loved my grandparents and they’re all gone now. I spent a lot of time with them but I wish I’d spent more time with them than I did. It ain’t about a gift, it’s about spending time together.

Just get him something simple. It’s the thought that counts. Get some really fine chocolate or some treat most folks wouldn’t buy for themselves. Something he can enjoy with you and your mom.

Like I said, use the money to leverage a day off here and there to take your grandpa somewhere.

Enjoy your celebration!

Mark asks…

How do i remove caulk with certain available items?

I need a little help with some house work:
I need to remove the caulking in my bathtub, but I don’t really have any tools. All I have are basic painting tools, some carpentry equipment, and bleach.
I heard that the bleach (when mixed with water ) could be used to soften the caulk. First thing i need to know is if this is true, because though I’ve heard it a couple times, it’s only been from individuals, not actual plumbers, etc.
Also, I need to know if it’s safe to use something to remove the caulking: I have a paint-can opener, and a multitude f screwdrivers at my disposal. I’ve also heard that a knife might be useful in cutting away the excess. True?

If you have any other suggestions, feel free to let me know.

Dusty answers:

Plastic tools ain’t gonna cut it mate!! You need a good sharp xacto knife to get the bulk of it out and to get the remainder that is stuck to the tub and tile, use a window blade (flat knife used for cleaning paint off of glass) Also, bleach will only make the area clean, not remove it!!!

Linda asks…

i need help to decide on…?

what power tool makw are the best, iv been doin my Carpentry apprenticeship since september and the guy i work with is shocked fromhow fast im catchng on compared to his previous apprentices,neway he told me about investing in some power tools but i dnt no whatthe best would be? he uses Dewalt an dthat all he uses,

any hellp? pleaseeee

Dusty answers:

What kind of tools are you looking for? I’ll give you a list of my recommendations. These are based on what tools I own, as well as what tools the contractors I work for supply.

Milwaukee: Sawzall, cordless drill, Magnum corded 1/2″ drill. Impact driver

Porter-Cable: Circular saw, router (Look at the multi-base kits available), belt sander, finish nailer, pancake compressor (nailers and compressor available as a kit), random orbit sander

Bosch: Jig saw (there is none better), Bulldog hammer drill

DeWalt: Drywall screw gun

Panasonic: Cordless drill

Paslode: Framing gun, cordless finish gun

Most of these tools are available with cases. If they have one available, get it. Makes it a lot easier to carry extra bits, blades, etc.

Obviously, you will need some time to accumulate these tools. You can drop a few subtle hints to your family around your birthday and Christmas. I got a bunch that way. Hope this helps.

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