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Feb. 3, 2023

Season 4 teaser from an undisclosed location...

Location: Undisclosed Targets: Aaron Butt- Carpenter & McNeille Bryan Uhler- Pionneer Builders Timmy Uhler- Awesome Framers Greg Eicher- Consiglio Builders Its going to be a killer season!

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Dec. 5, 2022

Barbie the Welder: The Art of the Business and The Business of Art

“I’m only as good as the last thing I did, that’s the only thing that matters to me” Is it the Art of the Business or The Business of the Art? Today, the tale of a woman who started her …

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Nov. 28, 2022

Fiona Plett of Herself Contracting: House healing and a builder at a …

“Learn from everything, every experience is an opportunity to learn.” Fiona Plett @herselfcontracting loves working close with her clients to heal their homes. She wants to rid them of the “irritants” that plague their space. Upcycling and re-purposing materials rank …

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Nov. 14, 2022

Michael Anschel of OA Design Build on the Cost of Project Execution (…

Today, Michael Anschel of @oabuilds joins Mike Knoche for a raucous discussion in the explanation of the Cost of Project Execution (C.O.P.E.) method for estimating. We immediately drop into the issues surrounding single margin multipliers, a general misunderstanding of knowing …

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Nov. 7, 2022

Jon Hilgenberg of JCH Cabinets talks his Craftsman Program, love of t…

“If you can’t explain something simply to someone else, then you don’t quite have mastery of it.” In episode 101 of The Contracting Handbook podcast, it’s Jon Hilgenberg’s “Craftsmanship 101” on educating and evolving his business. We drop into the …

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Oct. 31, 2022

Episode 100: TCH Halloween Podcast Special- Tales from the Jobsite

Meet my story telling crew! Twenty-two skilled professionals from all walks sent me their stories in their voices to share in this 100th episode of The Contracting Handbook podcast. As of prepping this post, I have not heard the stories …

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Oct. 24, 2022

Harvey Jesso of Maritime Carpentry & Maritime Electrical talks runnin…

“It’s important to build a strong reputation and do such good work so you don’t have to work for the sheep.” For those of you who know Harvey Jesso, you know he’s a positive force and reputable contractor, for those …

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Oct. 17, 2022

Larry Clay of Clay Construction: Foundation to Finish- Building Your …

“You must have a number of stories, based on your experience, of how you are going to build a better home so that your clients are going to have piece of mind and less issues.” He may make being an …

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Oct. 10, 2022

Tom Lawson of Straight Up Stairs: Pricing, Innovating, Sobriety

“If you’re gonna do something, do it right.” Most of you already know that Tom Lawson is a straight shooter and in this new podcast, we talk life lessons in many capacities. We head straight into billing for experience and …

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Oct. 3, 2022

Janeen Oliver is a Third Generation Family Concreter and Advocate for…

Janeen Oliver is “not your average concrete rep” because it’s all about being hands on, boots on the ground with the crew and then working her day job. You already know this if you follow @concrete_diva and if you don’t, …

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Sept. 26, 2022

Jason Bekebrede of Monticello Custom Homes on non-competitive bidding…

“I’ve got two kids and when they are my age, I want them to be able to drive by the houses and show their kids, Grandpa built that. That’s as important to me as anything.” Jason Bekebrede, of Monticello Custom …

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Sept. 19, 2022

Dan Ford of Ford Custom Renovations: Removing himself from the field …

“If you think you’re there, then you need to check yourself because you’ll never be, there’s always new materials comin out, new ways of doing things, a new trick… always learning.” For those of you that don’t know Dan Ford, …

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Sept. 12, 2022

Adam Corneil Of Unbuilders: Deconstructing the Demolition Mindset

“We know that people make the decision based on money and not the environment but there is this beautiful environmental narrative that is very impactful” This is a talk how the building industry decided that installed resources no longer had …

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Sept. 5, 2022

Krystal Brookes of Affordable Sunshine Coast Painting talks lining up…

“My values are in the right order… my children come first, above anything else and that is why I went into business, to create freedom in my world, to turn up better as a mother.” If you know Krystal Brookes, …

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Aug. 29, 2022

E.S. Sparks: Service manager in title, COO in function! The life of a…

“Get good at your trade and then worry about how you’re going to manage people. If I didn’t know what to do in the field, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing now” You guys might know Evan …

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Aug. 22, 2022

International Flashing Awareness Day with Big Dog Construction and Th…

The Contracting Handbook podcast is all about the builders and skilled tradesmen and tradeswomen in the construction industry from all over the world. Here you’ll meet the tradespeople who took a leap of faith from working th...

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Aug. 15, 2022

Niya Doncheva of Faux & Finish discusses leaving that higher educatio…

“The more people tell you no and the more challenging it seems, the more you’re going to thanks yourself later on for growing as a person” Niya gave it a go in a career that has included advertising, health care …

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Aug. 8, 2022

Jake Bruton of Aarow Building: Act like a real company!

“I want my employees to retire happy someday, same as I do.” Are you acting like a real company? You guys that know your guy, Jake Bruton, know he does so with his company @aarowbuilding . For the rest of …

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July 25, 2022

Introducing: Season 3 Guests!

In this episode, Mike introduces a bunch of his guest from the upcoming season. It's all the fun, sincere, off the cuff typical sounds bits you've come to know! Please listen and share in your stories!

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July 11, 2022

The Contracting Handbook: Greatest Hits of Season Two

Today, I highlight some of the comments from episodes that got a lot of feedback from the audience. Personally, I would never rank these pods. They are all hits on there own! Listen to these inspiring moments and bits of …

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