What does this button do?

I thought it would be a good idea to hire a professional. I could have done it myself, but since a company I consult for was awarded a contract by the local public library, I thought I could share the wealth, and perhaps learn a thing or two from a real contractor.

The objective: bolt down a park bench to a concrete pad. That meant drilling 4 holes into the concrete, installing concrete anchors, then bolting down the bench leg ends. Easy... you would think.

So I hired Jim (name not changed - there’s no way I’m protecting the innocent on this one!). Good guy, friend, hard worker, and besides, installing a bench is a lot easier with 2 people. I also used his truck, and his gas.

“Jim, have you ever drilled through concrete before?” I asked. I may as well have asked Jim if he had ever used a screw driver, or plumbed a wall. After insulting his intelligence, I told him he was hired. I also said I would take care of renting the hammer drill from the local tool rental shop in town. You need a hammer drill to drill into concrete.

Halfway to the library, I asked Jim if he had an extension cord - these hammer drills run on electricity you know.


“Jim, this is your truck, and you are a contractor. I would think you’d have a few cords hiding under the bench seat at the back”. So we double backed home and I grabbed one of mine. Not off to a rock solid start.

We finally get to the library, and I tell Jim that I’ll mark the holes, but he is the guy with the pipes, so he can use the hammer drill. We’re only drilling down an inch, 4 holes, no big deal.

The first hole took a while.

The 2nd hole took even longer - something was amiss. I’m thinking the guy who gave me the drill bit is going to get an earful - the thing must be dull.

On the third hole, I noticed Jim putting all his weight on top of the drill... and he was beginning to sweat a bit. Being a contractor is quite the workout!

Suddenly a light bulb went on. Jim stopped. Looked at the drill. And noticed a button. Pretty sure the button had a picture of a hammer on it.

We had a good laugh… the 4th hole went in like a knife through butter.

Jim got a good ribbing, and he knows I’ll never forget!!

Just the other day he texted me this photo:

With the caption: Any idea what the little hammer symbol on this tool means?

It takes a big man to laugh at himself.

Got a construction fail story that beats this and can garner up some laughs? Send it to us, and we’ll throw it up on the wall!

Another funny story worth reading: Old Gus

 Scott Hutchinson
 1 866 585 5050 ext 1

Ready to Experience the Difference?

If you're reading this, you're likely in the hunt for some type of construction software.

And there's lots out there!

You've probably found a number of websites like Software Advice, Capterra, G2 Crowd that provide a myriad of software solutions for you to consider. And if you Google search "construction software" or its many variants ("construction project management", "home builder software", "construction scheduling software" and so on), you'll find literally 1000's of hits.

You could spend the next year researching options, and not make a move. Meanwhile, your competitors are pulling trigger on something, and making gains in their operational efficiencies. The pressure's on.

To make things more challenging for you, all these construction software companies are jimmying for position, trying to be at the top of the list, like race cars on a track. And in marketing their products, they'll make claims designed to get you to choose them above the rest.

Here are some claims that I found doing a quick search of several construction software companies:

  • #1 Highest Rated Custom Builder and Remodeler Software
  • Best in Class Construction Project Management
  • The #1 Software for home builders and remodelers
  • Are you using the industry standard?
  • The most widely user construction software in the cloud
  • The world's number one most widely used construction management software

These companies are all making overlapping claims. They can't all be right.

But they all share this in common: all of these companies DO NOT offer a free test drive of their system. What they do offer is professional salespeople, often commissioned, with monthly quotas, who pull out all the stops to get you to buy.

We all have friends who went to Mexico on a vacation... and came back "owning" a time share. And when you questioned them on their purchase, they went to great lengths to justify the expenditure. The fact is, that industry is a well oiled machine, and these time share companies are experts at getting people to pay more for something they hadn't given much if any thought to prior to boarding the plane.

That's how the big construction software companies are structured now. If these companies have dozens (or in some cases 100's) of staff, many of whom are headset wearing, cubicle occupying hungry sales people that have to produce or die, well, buckle up... you are in for a wild ride. And it will cost you royally.

Ready to experience the difference?

1. Free test drive. No obligation. No credit card required.

Imagine, not being hounded by a salesperson. Launch a free test drive of BuildIT when it suits you. Learn at your own pace, with helpful videos that guide you through the basics. And eventually, you get to speak to one of the owners. That's right - business owner to business owner. Concierge service. Without sitting in the time share sales room, getting hammered.

2. No need for "Home Builder Boot Camp" or "ABC Software University".

Ouch. If you need to fly somewhere and sit in a class for a couple days, or take part in several "webinars" to learn a software system, it's likely more complex than it needs to be. Or it may be that your operations require complex, comprehensive "end-to-end" solutions, in which case, why are you even here reading this!? (Operators at Software Advice, Capterra, G2 Crowd are standing by!)

3. Simple scheduling and notification system, for a fraction of the price of the Big Guys.

If construction scheduling is all you need, why pay more for features you won't use?

Perhaps you rolled the dice on "the best", "industry standard", "what everybody was bragging about at the previous International Builder's Show" software package. And now the results are in. The hefty monthly billing is adding up to a small fortune. And your experience doesn't match with those glorious customer testimonials on their website.

With complex "Byzantine" project management systems, you'll only use a small percentage of what's available... but you're paying 100% of the price!

So if you're looking primarily for scheduling, and a platform to keep everybody on the same page, then choose BuildIT, and stop the monthly hemorrhaging.

We are welcoming a number of customers who have tried, and quit using the software systems mentioned above. Find out what they have discovered in BuildIT.

Start a Free Test Drive now and experience the difference for yourself.

 Scott Hutchinson
 1 866 585 5050 ext 1

Contact Schedules - BuildIT's secret weapon

Contact Schedules are a free and powerful service you can offer to anyone in your contact database:

  • Clients
  • Subtrades
  • Vendors
  • Contractors
  • Design Professionals
  • Employees

Contact Schedules are web links that are sent to your contacts via an email. When they click on their Contact Schedule link, they see a real time view into your master schedule, however they only see those tasks assigned to them by you. This allows you, the BuildIT user, to control who gets to see what, and what changes, if any, you allow them to make.

When they open their free Contact Schedule online, your contacts can:

  • view their tasks /action items
  • change their views based on multiple filters and selections
  • add comments to individual tasks which you, in turn, are notified of
  • upload related job files

The status of each task is color coded, so contacts can see at a glance which tasks require attention immediately.

Contact Schedules are a key benefit to BuildIT users who want to keep their contacts updated with ever changing schedules. No more relying on outdated printed schedules, marked up calendars, and Gantt charts pieced together on a cork board. Send out Contact Schedules to all you key players today, and start leveraging the power of real time scheduling.

Each and every contact in your database has a free Contact Schedule! For example, 200 contacts in your contact database means 200 separate, distinct, and available Contact Schedules that you can use to drive your business forward to the next level of keeping folks informed, keeping customers happy, and keeping your schedules on track.

Plus, if you turn on your Task Notification System in BuildIT, your contacts will receive email notifications automatically advising them of changes to the schedule, or upcoming tasks they are responsible for. Each notification email will have their "Contact Schedule" link available, making it easy for them to recheck their schedule from their phone, tablet or laptop... wherever they are.

Get the benefits of working with Contact Schedules today.

 Scott Hutchinson
 1 866 585 5050 ext 1