The best-selling book, How To Suck Less At Estimating: Habits for Better Project Outcomes, by Jon Isaacson is NOW AVAILABLE as a six module training course from Restoration Technical Institute. Project outcomes in the skilled trades are tied to the estimating process. Good estimating is marked by the thoroughness of data capture (site observation) and the accuracy of data input (bidding). Author Jon Isaacson, The Intentional Restorer, shares his two decades of professional experience to help anyone involved with, or interested in, the art of estimating to shorten their DANG learning curve for improvement.
Habits For Better Project Outcomes:
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Unlike any course you have ever taken before. If you like to be overstimulated, learn and estimating, this is the course for you! Jon Isaacson delivers practical knowledge and demonstrations in his signature "INFOtainment" style.
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DYOJO Watchdog Pre-Winter Break Party
2. The DYOJO Watchdogs Neighborhood Cardigan Party on Monday evening, January 23, 2023 in Naples, Florida - an opportunity to meet some of the historic figures who have built up the property restoration and the building science industries.
This event will kick off the Ask Andrew Building Science Symposium (aka the Building Science Winter Break 2023) Tuesday, January 24 and Wednesday, January 25, 2023. A highlight of this Symposium will be a four-member Pioneers of Building Science Panel featuring Joe Lstiburek, Gary Nelson, Neil Moyer, and John Tooley.
Read more in the Cleanfax Magazine article on AABSS 2023
DYOJO January 2023 Hurricane Workshop
3. The DYOJO Hurricane Ian Workshop on Thursday, January 26th, 2023 in Naples, Florida. Pete Consigli is working to put together an education-packed panel of specialists who address various aspects of hurricane and storm disaster response. This is a great time to be in Florida, as Bob Blochinger says, "We don't have winter."
Thursdays are for The DYOJO Podcast - helping contractors shorten their DANG learning curve for personal and professional development.
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Last year we attended AEML's Winter Break 2022 - The Florida Mold Conference. The organizer, restoration's Global Watchdog, Pete Consigli is helping to coordinate the education and networking for The Andrew Äsk Building Science Symposium (aka The Building Science Winter Break).
Winter Break 2023 Highlights
LIVE Recording of The DYOJO Podcast
To hear more about this event, JOIN US LIVE on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 12pm PST for a LIVE recording with Pete Consigli and Bob Blochinger. Please RSVP through Eventbrite to receive the link to the Zoom call. We will also be announcing unique opportunities including a pre-conference meet up with the Restoration Watchdogs and a post-conference workshop.
Be There or Be Square
Video from AEML Winter Break 2022
The DYOJO Podcast introduced a series of episodes covering the lawsuit between Robert Jordan (RJ) Construction and the Arlington Independent School District (AISD). According to RJC they brought suit for underpayment of a 2021 emergency response at Sam Houston High School in Arlington, Texas following the aftermath of Winter Storm Uri. We are diving into the court documents and internet content to draw out the lessons contractors can learn from this unfortunate experience. Is this an example of a contractor behaving badly?
Whether contractors "chase storms" by responding to national catastrophes such as the devastation left by Hurricane Ian, or provide aid during a regional events such as the one we are talking about in the aftermath of Winter Storm Uri (2021), or are simply working on projects where there are multiple representatives involved in the decision-making matrix, there are lessons to be learned from this unfortunate story. The DYOJO team has poured over the available court documents and a key component of this case centers around what constitutes a contractual agreement.
As our guest Bebo Crain puts it, "It's hard to drive from the backseat after the ride is over." With the benefit of hindsight, many contractors listening to the show will likely conclude that there are several ways in which this situation could have been avoided or better resolved, yet, we don't have all the facts and we weren't there when they were unfolding in real time. As a twenty-plus year skilled trades professional, I have to admit, there are many of the mistakes made in this story that I have committed myself. Two of the key ones being what Mr. Jordan says, "I thought (enter client name) could be trusted." as well as believing that a series of emails would hold up as confirmation of an agreement.
Robert Jordan says that his company sprung into action, received letters of thanks for their services, but have yet to be paid for their work. According to RJC the school district is using sovereign immunity to say, "Screw you, we don't owe you a penny because we are the government." Many in our audience will resonate with the frustration of having performed the scope of work agreed-upon for the price agreed-upon only to find they are in some level of negotiation with a client, third-party consultants, insurance representatives, or another person in a position of authority, after the work has been completed.
Contractors will resonate with the frustration of having performed the scope of work agreed-upon for the price agreed-upon only to find they are in some level of negotiation after the work has been completed.
Topics to be addressed in this series inculde:
I had a lot of fun discussing my journey in the skilled trades with the fine gentlemen who constitute the tripart of the Sweat and Grime Podcast. These boys like to have fun but they also share a wealth of knowledge and experiences from the trenches. They too aim to inform whilst they also entertain (INFOtainment), "Sweat & Grime is a podcast that focuses on the skilled trades while keeping a fun atmosphere."
Bryan, Rick, and Matt sit and discuss a variety of topics loosely based around the skilled trades. As guys that currently work in the skilled trades, we do our best to ask semi-intelligent questions to our guests to satisfy our curiosities about what they do. From business advice to glimpses into different industries, we try to cover a broad variety of topics to keep you entertained during your workday.
Next year our goals are to:
SOCKTember fits well into the fall plans for those participating in Restoring Kindness as a means of team building as well as community involvement. Keep your eyes and ears open as The DYOJO and C&R Magazine will continue to share the plans for SOCKTember 2023.
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2022 SOCKTember Champions
The winning team this year joined the competition in 2021 and raised a total of 36 pairs of NEW socks. This year, their team returned to the competition with their eyes on the prize and were able to raise a current record of 11,160 pairs of NEW socks. The team behind the Laval office of On Side Restoration are the 2022 SOCKTember Champions! Their record-breaking efforts bring the total quantity of NEW socks raised and donated to local charitable organizations throughout the United States and Canada to 57,791.
The Top 5 Sock-Raising Teams of 2022
Were those valiant Sisters for Socks able to three-peat? The answer is no. This back-to-back (2020 & 2021) winning team is led by Allstars Lindsey Ward (Reliable Contents Services) and Sarah Roberts (ServiceMaster of Tacoma). We know they will be back next year with a vengeance.
Rounding out the Top 5 for 2022 are:
The Top 10 Sock-Raising Teams of All Time
In our third year of competitive sock-raising the leader board for most socks raised in a single season by a single team looks like this:
Sock-Raising Leaders by Category
CONTACT The DYOJO about getting involved with SOCKTember 2023!
SOCKTember 2022 Champions Announcement
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