Holiday Light Showdown: Supreme Court Awards Joint Custody to Painters and Landscapers

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Washington, D.C. – The nation’s highest court has finally handed down a verdict in the spectacular Deere v. Moore case. The dispute centers around which type of contractor – landscapers or painters – has the right to install Christmas lights on the nation’s homes.

This high-voltage lawsuit began 5 years ago in suburban Virginia when Fine-N-Dandy Landscaping employees were installing icicle-lights on a two-story colonial brick home outside Alexandria. Halfway through the project, they saw estimators from Fine Coats Painting talking with the neighbors, gesturing towards the roofline.

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Base CRM – Best Mobile CRM of 2017

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I have been a fan of Base CRM ever since they came out with their first iPhone app, 6 or 7 years ago. I became an early adapter of Base CRM and focused on using it for my own business. They have done one of the best jobs since day one making their mobile apps act similar to their desktop version. This makes it much easier for the techie and non-techie to learn and use. Read More

Colorado Painter Rolls out Pot-Based Color Palettes

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BOULDER, CO – With the legalization of recreational marijuana, one Boulder painting company is monopolizing on a new color palette. Russ Hopkins has found success in mixing his own paints, using hemp oil as a base. “It’s certainly been a joint effort. I mean, I can’t toke all the credit here.”

Russ spoke about the budding new industry: “They’ve got marijuana everything out here. Cookies, candy bars…even pacifiers.” We fact-checked his last statement. They do not, in fact, have marijuana pacifiers.

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Russ gathers his staff around to discuss the latest colors. “With the older folks, the classics have always been Ganja Green, Bongin’ Blue, and Mellow Yellow. Today, we’re rolling out a new series. We’ve got ‘I’m Going Acoustic,’ ‘Chips, Please’ and ‘This Was a Mistake.’ We think these’ll be a big hit with the younger crowd.”

Staff Painters Kyle and Moon grab three cans of “I’m Going Acoustic” and set out to paint a two bedroom, two bathroom apartment that houses fourteen local grad students.

Russ eyes his new colors with pride. “If things keep growing like this on the painting side of things, I might have to expand into green construction!”

Why I Recommend Basecamp Over CompanyCam for Project Photos

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I wrote about CompanyCam in more detail in the post: Is CompanyCam Good For Painters a few months back. In short, CompanyCam is a simple app used to take photos of projects, collaborate about the photos and have one place where all your photos can be stored and organized by job name. It is very easy to use. One of the key features of CompanyCam is how it helps to geo-target the location of the project. You can read more about that in my product review. Read More

Family-Owned Painting Company Adopts New Employees

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DEERFIELD, NH – A small painting company in New England is making a big splash. They’ve been family-owned-and-operated for decades, but the demand for house painting has stretched them thin.

“Our reputation as a family-run business is real important to us. That’s the way we’ve always done things, and we’ll do what it takes to keep it that way.” Read More

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