DIY Deck Building- We’ll Help!

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DIY Deck Building- We’ll Help!

We get quite a few customers come to us wanting help with do-it-yourself projects. Because of our 30 plus years in business, access to wholesale material pricing, and experience with code enforcement, they often ask for a range of services, including:

  • Help drawing up plans or getting engineering
  • Selling materials
  • Onsite help getting a job started or fixing one that they messed up

We do all of the above, and more, but it’s not our favorite way of working. The vast majority of the time, a DIY project of the type we do (sunrooms, decks, awnings) turns into a disaster that costs a lot more when we have to come out and fix it or bring it up to code. 

Seth Godin wrote a blog about DIY surgery. You can find his original post HERE. I modified his blog to apply to DIY construction-

Here’s a drill and a hammer from Lowe’s.

Here’s a video I saw on YouTube once.

Here are some instructions I read on Quora…

Okay, how hard can it be?

Actually, it might be very hard. Actually, expertise has value. Actually, just because someone said it on the internet doesn’t mean it’s true. Or useful.

Experts aren’t always right. But I’d rather live in a building built by an expert, fly in a plane designed by an expert and yes, have surgery done by an expert.

Even barbers get trained.


Dave, the guy that would prefer to build your project instead of fixing your project


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A Behind the Scenes Look at the Warehouse

Except for the customers that get to know us really well because of multiple projects or things we have in common, a lot of our customers don’t get to see the behind the scenes goings on at the warehouse.

Here’s a rare sneak peek. It’s rare because most folks only see the showroom or us at a jobsite. If you ever want a tour of the warehouse, come on by. Dave Sr. has an impressive collection of antique tools on display.

Many times, though, it’s the stuff behind the curtain that makes us a better company. A lot of our competitors simply don’t have this, as many of them work out of tiny shops or their backyards and don’t have a facility to work out of.

I recently changed out all out huge shop lights over to LEDs. Why is this important? It’ll save us a lot of money on the power bill. This translates to lower prices for you because I keep less overhead.

Our main shop lights were huge metal halide lamps. Very bright, but also very expensive. They also take forever to come on when it’s cold or first thing in the morning.

Once I replaced them with new LED lamps, the lights were brighter, cheaper, and lit up instantly.

You may want to consider doing this in your house too. LED lights are expensive to buy, but the cost savings should make up for them in the first year. They’re especially great for lights that are on a lot like outside flood lights or your living room lights.

As an example, my new lamps cost $150 each compared to the metal halide bulbs. We have six of these in our warehouse.

If you’re ever interested in any of the other unique aspects of our shop like the large 12′ metal brake, come on by. The brake we bought used from a competitor that went out of business. It’s so heavy it requires a forklift to move.

Dave, the sunroom guy who’s proud of his shop facilties


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My Screens Keep Falling Out!

I’d like to tell you about a recent project we completed.

The customer called us because his screens kept falling out.

Turns out, the last company that worked on the project installed the screens using the wrong spline. For those of you that don’t know, the spline is the rubber strip that holds the screen into the frame. The last contractor didn’t know what he was doing and rolled screen into this entire structure using spline that was way too small.

Result- Every time the wind blew hard, screens would come loose or fall out.

I had an easy fix for him. We simply came over, and with the correct spline, rolled all his screens back in. We even used the leftover screen he had to save him a few dollars on materials.

I love jobs like this. We got to help him out. It was pretty easy work. The location and structure were beautiful! Not only that, but there was a good deal of shade if you worked on certain sides of the building at just the right time.

Lessons to learn-

  1. Use a reputable contractor, not just the cheapest handyman around.
  2. If there’s a problem, get him back on the job to fix it.
  3. Just go ahead and have us do your project the first time and save you time and money.

Thanks,

Dave, the guy who knows which spline to use

P.S. If you’re the DIY type, we’d be happy to sell you spline and screen if you want to repair your own.


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BONUS for you if you refer a new employee!

Good News- We’re covered up with work!

Better News- if you refer an employee to us, I’ll pay you a BONUS!

I’m passing along the same hiring BONUS offer I give my own employees.

Here it is-

If we hire someone you refer to us, once they’re here for a 3 consecutive months full time, we’ll give you a $500 bonus at the end of their 3 months. Then another $500 once they stay a full year.

That’s right, you can make an extra $1000 in one year, and you’re not even the one having to work.

Send us your kids (over 18), husbands, wives, out of work college graduates, or anyone else who needs a fulltime job.

Send them over now before we get enough new hires and won’t need them. Just tell them to call the office at 843-238-4798 or e-mail me right here at oceanbreezehq@gmail.com.

Here’s the description I place into ads:

Not Your Average Construction Job

Have you ever wanted a job where you could…

  • Work on a different job site almost every day?
  • Wear comfortable clothes?
  • See the result of your endeavors?
  • Get to know every employee in a small company?
  • Avoid corporate garbage?
  • Be off every weekend?

You found it!

We’re looking for people who are willing to work hard for good pay, but you’ll have to earn it. If you can’t hack it outside all day in the summer or winter, don’t bother applying. After all, not everyone is suited to work all day in view of a golf course or the beach.

No experience necessary. It’s a construction job, but we’ll train you. If you already know how to swing a hammer or use a circular saw, then you should be a shoo-in.

Typical installations include Sunrooms, Patio Covers, Carports, Hurricane Protection, and Decks.

We specialize in small projects, so don’t worry about getting bored on a multi-week project.

Some benefits are provided once you prove you can hack it and want to stay. All tools and trucks are provided.

Now for the fine print legal talk…you must have a driver’s license without SR-22, no drug or alcohol problems, live locally, and speak fluent English.

Great new things are happening with us this year. Join now and be part of it.

Other extras-

  • Major Holidays Off
  • Deep Discounts on Materials You Buy for Your Own Use at Home

Dave, the best boss in the world


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Need Help Cleaning Vinyl Windows?

I had some customers ask the other day about cleaning their vinyl windows, so I wanted to send out the same info for everyone else as well.

“We have the vinyl windows with screens in our porch. We love it! You gave us some vinyl cleaner that we can use for the interior that is not so practical for the exterior. Is there a safe soap and water option to clean the exteriors with? I am worried about the soap. Is there one that works using a hose?”

PGT Eze-Breeze makes a special cleaner and preservative that is great for the windows, but a little expensive. We sell it here in the office if you need it.

If you want to save a few bucks, use it on the inside, and you can use soap for the outside and the screens. But always clean the outside and the screens first.

For soap, I always recommend mixing equal parts Woolite and water in a spray bottle or a spray bottle that attaches to a hose. Below are links to order each.

Woolite ( https://amzn.to/2y7QC8y )

Water Hose Spray Connector  ( https://amzn.to/2zQM4nt )

Empty Spray Bottlehttps://amzn.to/2Zazv0W )

Here’s an instruction sheet from PGT Eze-Breeze that goes into more detail:

If anything is broken or needs maintenance, bring the affected panes by the office or you can buy spare parts kits here at the office.

In addition, here’s a short video I made that gives a few extra tips about cleaning them- DIY Vinyl Window Cleaning

Lastly, if you don’t want to clean them at all, we can do it. Just give us a call.

Thanks,
Dave


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Torn Screens and a Yellowing Roof?

A decade ago, clear plastic roofing and screen lenais were really popular. We did a few of them, but there was a competitor who kind of specialized in those and took most of that work away from us. He was a friend, so it was okay. Sadly, he’s not in business anymore.

Fast forward to now, and those jobs are falling apart. It wasn’t his fault, but clear plastic roofing and screen roofing over pool covers and patios requires a lot more maintenance than regular roofing for sunrooms and screen rooms.

Now we specialize in converting those old style roof solutions to normal ones.

If you have one of these or know someone who does, tell them about us.

Here’s a couple quick reasons it might be time to call:

1. The roof constantly leaks.
2. The plastic is yellowing or cloudy.
3. You’re tired of replacing screen roof panels after every storm.
4. You’re tired of trying to remove pine needles from the screens.
5. You want to make the room for all-season friendly.


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Win the $20,000 Backyard Upgrade Contest from Fiberon!

New contest sponsored by Fiberon, our main deck supplier.

$20,000 Backyard Upgrade!

Enter soon, as the contest closes in a week or so. The entry flyer is below or click on THIS LINK to go to the entry page-


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Quarantine Spring Cleaning Time!

By this point, everyone should be staying at home unless you’re buying essentials or are essential. So what do you do with that time?

With all the heavy rains this week, especially Monday’s pre-hurricane season primer, most of the pollen should be gone. That means it’s time to clean up those porches.

 

 

I’d like to help with that. Here’s what we can do…

  1. I have guys that will clean your vinyl windows if you don’t want to mess with it.
  2. We sell vinyl window cleaner in our office, or I’ll even deliver it if you’re buying 2 or more cans.
  3. I can e-mail you instructions for cleaning your vinyl windows.
  4. We can repair any damaged vinyl panes at our office in Surfside.
  5. Low-pressure cleaning of the inside of your screen rooms.
COVID-19 Disclaimer:
  • We are open, because we’re still an essential business due to some of our company’s infrastructure work.
  • Our front office is still open.
  • We can do everything contactless. You can even pay straight through our website.
  • All of our work is outside your home, so no worries about social distancing.

Just message me back if you need cleaning, cleaner, or instructions.

 

 

 

Dr. Dave, the pollen eradicator


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Upcoming Jobs Still on Schedule

I wanted to send a message to all of our projects in progress or upcoming. Here goes…

1. Everything is still on schedule. We are classified as Essential, and our suppliers are also classified similarly in their respective states.

2. Every company we work with is taking extra cleaning precautions as are we. We’re even cleaning and Lysol spraying all the tools.

3. We have a very open sick leave policy in place. Anyone with symptoms isn’t coming in. If someone sneezes or coughs, I promise, it’s allergies.

4. If anything changes with your project, we’ll update you as soon as we know.

5. Our office and showroom are open with generous room for distancing and hand sanitizer right at the front door.

6. For almost all of our projects, we don’t have to come into your house at all.

7. Let the guys know when they get there if you want extra precautions beyond what they’re doing.

8. All payments can be done by distance through our website or by calling in. Click HERE.

9. Let us know if you need anything or more updates. I’m also updating often on our Facebook and through the e-mail newsletter. Be sure to sign up for both. Facebook and the Newsletter

10. The best for last…once we’re done, you get some extra space to try to enjoy quarantine a little better.

Thanks and stay safe!

Dave Jr.


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