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Old 05-12-2008, 08:45 PM   #46
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Changling,

Oh, not to worry, actually my hubby set this I.D. up, but I don't think he's used it yet! *lol* I've been off for 10 months now, I actually have to go back to work in 2 months....*YUCK*!! But this site has been good, atleast it reminds me that baby brain hasn't taken over everything and I still know all the things I learned about tile, it may actually be nice to get back to work and talk with people again!! I love helping out.

We're getting windows done too....and yup....they're pricey!!! It's our second storey though and there's NO WAY we're going to do them!

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Old 05-13-2008, 02:56 PM   #47
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I thought you were making a general joke, doch. I had no idea you were a lady. I should watch my mouth before I go around shouting "fella." :D

Anyway, thanks again and as long as I don't forget, I'll post before, mid-project (demo) and after shots of my finished product. Should be exciting (for me, anyway!).
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dochorn, it has been my pleasure, you are not only the most informed tile person ever to help anyone here but you have an incredible way of saying things to get your understanding across. I really think you should consider writing a book on tile installation or any other subject you are familiar with because of your abilities in communication, I'm not trying to be flattering, I'm dead serious! You are that good.

I'm going to try and find a good tile installer and get a reasonable but honest price on installing the real thing, but I have a feeling it is going to take a while in my area. this morning an installer came buy with his interpreter because he didn't speak English (Mexican). he didn't measure anything, ask to see the basement to check subfloor and floor joists. He conversed with the interpreter and then she told me he wanted about $3000,00 for the labor if I supplied the tile installation materials and tool rentals. I was so stunned I just started laughing (100 sq ft.). the interpreter turned solid red, he just smiled, I opened the door and said by!

I checked out every window available in my area and found out a lot. If you are able to get Simonton in your area definitely check them out. I'm Looking for an installer now. Also have to have my deck top refinished with either new wood are synthetics, haven't came to a conclusion on that yet.


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Old 05-13-2008, 04:16 PM   #49
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WHOO HOO....dochorn, you're the man!!!! Oh, wait. No you're not.

Now just tell me where to get Ditraset locally and you will be the....um, eh...wo-man!!!!!
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I thought you were making a general joke, doch. I had no idea you were a lady. I should watch my mouth before I go around shouting "fella." :D

Anyway, thanks again and as long as I don't forget, I'll post before, mid-project (demo) and after shots of my finished product. Should be exciting (for me, anyway!).

No worries....really...if I can take 8 plus years of old Italian men (and sometimes women even) not believing a word I say because I'm female and they humour me and listen and then go ask one of our guys the exact SAME questions, I can handle the odd "fella" comment without breaking out in tears!! *lol* I remember taking it so personally when I first started, now I just think "to hell with ya then, you can wait an HOUR for a MAN to help you" (since we only have one, there's 5 females and one male in our shop, how the times have changed, I was the first female on the floor, now there's 5 of us....poor Tom, I can only imagine how he feels now!! *lol*) anyways, off topic as us females can do so easily....*s*

ALL projects are exciting, I've done before during and after on all our projects so far. It's great to see where you came from and what you accomplished on your own! I think it empowers you to want to do more and as you learn from each project they all just get better and better with each one!
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75% of the suppliers I deal with are female. They are completely knowledgeable and make my job easy! My suppliers are a very good part of why I'm successful. I don't want to start some big debate here. I'm just talking about my experience but males tend to be money makers while females tend to be problem solvers.
Good for you, dochorn!
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I think women tend to be better sales reps is cause they concern themselves more with the details.
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75% of the suppliers I deal with are female. They are completely knowledgeable and make my job easy! My suppliers are a very good part of why I'm successful. I don't want to start some big debate here. I'm just talking about my experience but males tend to be money makers while females tend to be problem solvers.
Good for you, dochorn!
I'm sorry, I'm not understanding your point of "males tend to be money makers while females tend to be prolem solvers"?

If you're doing your job right and you work in customer service male or female you'll be doing both. Your job in a service career is to make money for the place you work for AND make customers happy, giving them the help and information they need, which is why we have a large amount of repeat business at our store, because we offer service, man and woman alike.

I'm not solely money minded no, but I don't waste anymore time explaining something than I have to and I do sell things and most times even sell more things while explaining because I take the time to go over all the steps and make sure they have EVERYTHING before they're out the door and they realise they forgot something and decide 'oh, I'll not go back, I'll just pick it up at Home Depot instead' we don't want to loose business that way, plus in the end it's less hassel for them as they can do a one stop shop and get right to their project instead of wasting their day running around.
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Oh geez. I, in no way, meant that as offensive to you or any other female. Actually, it was more of a compliment.
As Matt said, it has to do with the details. It also has just been in my experience. I can just tell the difference when I talk with my cabinet suppliers. No matter who I talk with, I get what I need and I'm happy. But when I talk with my female rep, she seems more to make sure EVERYTHING is taken care of whereas the male rep gives me exactly what I ask for. My male rep would never call after the fact to see how things are going yet the female one calls at multiple times after my order. I don't feel like he gives me less service, I'm just saying there is a definite difference in the way they handle me.
I'm also not saying one way is better or worse than the other. Just what I have seen over the years. I personally try to never let dollar signs lead me around but there are definitely people that do (that I know personally) and they happen to be males.
I do apologize if I ruffled any feathers. I surely didn't mean to.
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I think that was a great apology. I did not think you meant any harm either.
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This house is a slow process for me, but I have the tile grouted. This picture was taken pre-final wipedown. It's all clean looking now. I'm hoping the grout darkens. It's supposed to be a medium/dark gray, according to the sample from the tile place. It's really a light gray right now.

I can't get into too much detail now as I'm at work, but if anyone was interested, this is how it turned out.


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