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5 reasons upskilling your staff is essential
5 reasons upskilling your staff is essential
30 July 2018
  Work is busy, the bills are being paid and the team are happy. Or... Work could be busier, you’re just about paying bills and the...
Apprentices Wanted
Apprentices Wanted
19 June 2018
  NZ has a big problem. It has a rapidly growing population with a housing shortage. Our building industry can’t keep up with the...
Are you an old school Tradie?
Are you an old school Tradie?
22 May 2018
  There’s nothing wrong with being an old school Tradie. In fact. It’s a good thing. You’re experienced, knowledgeable...
5 tips to dealing with Apprentices
5 tips to dealing with Apprentices
18 April 2018
  The rookie apprentice. You love them and hate them all at the same time. They show up on site with not much experience and you see them as...
4 tips to becoming your own boss...
4 tips to becoming your own boss...
26 March 2018
  Being your own boss, doing things your way, and having an endless supply of work is the dream right?   It’s totally doable. But...
The Tradie: a human of so many talents.
The Tradie: a human of so many talents.
28 February 2018
  We’ve taken a look back over the most popular posts from our Facebook page in 2017. And that’s given us reason to believe that...
How to get more time for beers
How to get more time for beers
25 January 2018
  “Ain’t nobody got time for long winded job prep.” You want to get in, do the job, and get out.   So picture...
The Tradie guide to getting through Christmas
The Tradie guide to getting through Christmas
12 December 2017
  The lead up to Christmas can be overwhelming.   Being pushed and pulled in every direction.   There’s always more to do...
Should Tradies buy their customers a Christmas gift?
Should Tradies buy their customers a Christmas gift?
22 November 2017
  Yes, even a Tradie can be thoughtful at Christmas.   Just imagine your customer’s face when you turn up with a Christmas gift to...
Tradies: 5 reasons to turn down that next job
Tradies: 5 reasons to turn down that next job
31 October 2017
  It’s always hard to turn down work. Especially if you’re trying to grow your business. And we all know that building booms...
16 sun safety tips for tradies
16 sun safety tips for tradies
2 October 2017
  Ready for warmer weather?   Pretty soon, the sun will be shining most days (surely!?) and temperatures will be climbing...
Revealed: 10 Waste Reduction Tips For Your Construction Site
Revealed: 10 Waste Reduction Tips For Your Construction Site
25 August 2017
  Ever worry about all the waste generated on your construction site?  You should.  Because construction and demolition waste...
Tradie pranks: Funny or not?
Tradie pranks: Funny or not?
26 July 2017
  Everyone loves a great prank, right? Tradies have been pranking each other for years — especially their apprentices. But is it funny?...
The 11 tell-tale signs of a hipster tradie
The 11 tell-tale signs of a hipster tradie
23 June 2017
  There’s a new breed of tradie.   You might have seen them on site. A more sensitive type of tradie. Young, fashion conscious,...
5 ways to politely tell your customer to go away
5 ways to politely tell your customer to go away
22 May 2017
  Sometimes customers can be really difficult. Sometimes they can be great.    Then there are the friendly customers,...
How floor protection reduces risks on a building site
How floor protection reduces risks on a building site
30 March 2017
  Are you a cowboy?    Probably not. There are a few around, but most tradespeople are here to do a good job. You want...
How to stop thieves getting away with your tools
How to stop thieves getting away with your tools
22 February 2017
  If you’re a tradesperson, your tools are the backbone of your business. You don’t want to lose them, do...
What sets the good tradies apart from the bad?
What sets the good tradies apart from the bad?
26 January 2017
  In every industry, there are the top guns and the underdogs. The growing and the declining. The good operators and the bad. The...
What our Facebook posts say about our customers
What our Facebook posts say about our customers
14 December 2016
  We've looked back over our popular Facebook posts from 2016 and made some big calls (possibly defamatory) as to what their popularity...
Renovation projects: 4 ways to delight your customers
Renovation projects: 4 ways to delight your customers
29 November 2016
  Do you delight your customers? Do ALL your customers sing your praises? Refer you to others? Perhaps delight is a funny word for Tradies...
5 fruitful ways to promote your brand on job sites
5 fruitful ways to promote your brand on job sites
21 October 2016
  When you’re working hard on site, is your marketing working hard for you too?   Job sites create the perfect...
Do you know your risk management hotspots?
Do you know your risk management hotspots?
27 September 2016
  Hotspots. Good if you're talking about nightlife or summer holidays. Bad if you're talking about workplace...
How floor protection increases efficiency
How floor protection increases efficiency
16 August 2016
  You’re on a tight deadline.   You need to crack in and get this project started ASAP. No time for mucking around....
How to manage fatigue on your job site
How to manage fatigue on your job site
28 July 2016
  Construction work is risky. Accidents can happen if you’re not on the ball. And staying on the ball means you need to be physically...
Pearls of wisdom for health and safety
Pearls of wisdom for health and safety
21 June 2016
  Imagine you’re on an important job. Time pressure is on and you can’t afford mistakes. You have just one simple task. Loosen...
Ovaboard: Choosing the right floor protection for the job
Ovaboard: Choosing the right floor protection for the job
17 May 2016
  Heard about new Ovaboard Reinforced Kraft MD?   Perhaps you're confused about the difference between the original...
Flooring Trends 2016
Flooring Trends 2016
15 April 2016
    Wondering what the latest trends are in flooring?   It makes sense that flooring trends are aligning with the...
Building site: Who's responsible for damage?
Building site: Who's responsible for damage?
30 March 2016
  Ever dealt with a customer complaint about damage to their property during a building project? It’s tough. Sometimes it’s not...
Better floor protection. Throw away your drop cloths!
Better floor protection. Throw away your drop cloths!
7 March 2016
  Got a big painting project on? The first thing you need to do is get rid of your dusty old drop sheets. Why? Because you can now use...
Risk management: Common trip hazards and how to avoid them.
Risk management: Common trip hazards and how to avoid them.
25 February 2016
  Building sites are busy and often messy places. There are plenty of hazards to trip over or slip on.   So how do you...
Ovaboard: 2015 in review
Ovaboard: 2015 in review
27 January 2016
  Wow - January’s almost over! Before we crack too far into another exciting year we thought it would be a good idea to reflect on...
How to clean paint off carpet (and never need to again)
How to clean paint off carpet (and never need to again)
18 December 2015
  When you’re painting inside, the last thing you want is to spill paint on the carpet. But if you do, and your floor protection is...
Building materials: 10 of the best new innovations in 2015
Building materials: 10 of the best new innovations in 2015
4 December 2015
  Have building techniques and technologies changed much in the last century?   You bet.   Some things remain...
Case Study: Hallway foot traffic
Case Study: Hallway foot traffic
23 November 2015
  The Sutherland family recently renovated their bathroom and en-suite.   After the first couple of days of renovation they...
Accidents: 6 simple risk management tips for a building site
Accidents: 6 simple risk management tips for a building site
5 November 2015
  Accidents happen right?    Well actually, it’s better if they don’t.    Especially on a...
Paint spills: The true cost of trashing the floor
Paint spills: The true cost of trashing the floor
22 October 2015
  Are you doing enough to protect your customers’ floors while you renovate?   Sure, you might cover them with a drop...
Health & Safety at Work Act. Are you ready?
Health & Safety at Work Act. Are you ready?
9 October 2015
Worried about the new Health and Safety at Work Act? The good news is, if you’re already complying with current legislation,...
Uncovered: 5 options for protecting your floors
Uncovered: 5 options for protecting your floors
18 September 2015
  You know what building sites are like, right?   Tools get dropped, paint and plaster gets spilled, boots tramp in debris,...