Speaking of Maintenance . . .

By Michael Stone

I returned from a business trip this morning to find a note on my desk. The doctor's office called – it's been 5 years since my last colonoscopy, time for another one.


A loss for me . . .

By Michael Stone

On a personal note, I received an email Tuesday morning from the wife of my high school coach.


Customer Service Makes a Difference

By Michael Stone

Like you, I'm always busy building or fixing something at home. Where I buy supplies has changed over the last year.


You Can’t Always See it Coming – Get Checked!

By Michael Stone

A friend reminded me to remind you to get a yearly check-up from your doctor. Actually, a full physical. He’s right; you can't take your health for granted.


I Did It!

By Michael Stone

I’m done, I’m done, I’m done, done, done. Oh joy and fiddlesticks.


My Confession – please tell me I’m not the only one!

By Michael Stone

Devon calls me a pack rat, which is unfair – I’m just a collector.


Profitable Sales – A Picture

By Michael Stone

In the book Profitable Sales, I talk about a steep bank along the Oregon Coast. I’ve been asked if it really exists – well, gang, I was there again two weeks ago.


Don’t Cut Corners – Someone will have to fix your mess!

By Michael Stone

Do your work. He would go on to explain the meaning of that phrase and part is if you do something, do it right. Don't cut corners, don't do it good enough, do it right.


Thank You, Paul Harvey

By Michael Stone

I, like many of you, lost a friend with the death of Paul Harvey last Saturday. I remember many times eating lunch and listening to his broadcast with my fellow workers.


Our Future

By Michael Stone

During a recent trip to Minnesota, I talked in the airport with a young lady in the Army who will be promoted to Sergeant Major in February.


Hunting, Finding and Leaving Behind

By Michael Stone

My hunting buddy and I spent 5 days hunting for deer on a shooting preserve up in Eastern Washington this week, I just got back on Wednesday.


The Joy of Air Conditioning

By Michael Stone

My hunting partner and I traveled to a 7000-acre hunting ranch. We changed out an old furnace and a/c unit in a mobile home and installed a new heat pump system.


Our Loss

By Michael Stone

The construction industry lost a great man this week – and I lost a good friend.


Goal Setting

By Michael Stone

You have read me talking about setting g …

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Valentine’s Day

By Michael Stone

Hey gang, it is that time of year again. …

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Fishing in the Snow

By Michael Stone

Last October, I wrote about fishing in t …

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Gratitude at Mt. Rushmore

By Michael Stone

Earlier this month, our family visited the Black Hills of South Dakota in conjunction with a class I taught in Spearfish, South Dakota.


Sewing Room – The Final Post

By Michael Stone

We did it. We passed final inspection today. We got the job done. I have done a ton of projects over the years but this one was a bit taxing.


Managing a Construction Business

By Michael Stone

I continue to work on Dev's sewing room addition. I’m putting on siding and being reminded daily how tough working with the tools can be.


Installing the Siding

By Devon Stone

Last weekend, Michael finished installing part of the siding on our room addition. He didn't work alone – he had help. I thought you'd appreciate the pictures.


Finishing Our Room Addition

By Michael Stone

If you have followed this blog, you know our trials with a room addition on our own home. I am now in the process of installing the siding.


So Goes Your Business . . .

By Michael Stone

Your marriage reflects you, just like your business reflects you. The type of person you are shows in the strength of your marriage and in the strength of your business.  


Couples in Construction (Working with your spouse)

By Michael Stone

The most profitable construction company today is a husband/wife combination with one other person either supervising the construction or selling for the company.  


Our Remodeling Project

By Michael Stone

A quick update on our sewing room addition.


Dawg!

By Michael Stone

We are getting to the end of our room addition. I have the finish trim to put on the door and windows, paint touch up and siding to hang.


Your Good Health

By Michael Stone

Are you taking care of yourself so that you can meet the demands of your business? No one told you that owning and running a business was going to be easy.


Remodeling Project

By Michael Stone

We continue with the sewing room addition to our home. Overall, not a bad job so far. My lady is happy, what more could a guy ask?


Framing the Room Addition

By Michael Stone

In an earlier post I talked about the room addition we are doing on our own home. As with any remodel, we have had to change several things as we have gone along.


Excavating, Digging, Dirt

By Michael Stone

This morning, on my own home, I remembered what it's like to find surprises on a construction project, like a water line that runs from I don't know where to I don't know where.


Welcome

By Michael Stone

Michael Stone Introduction, Construction Industry Happenings


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