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By Jerry Rabushka,

JERRY RABUSHKA
Managing Editor

I’m The Only One With A Phone

This is a banner year for us, once we design the banner—it’s our 10-year anniversary. Yay for us! We started The Paint Contractor in July 2007 as a quarterly insert and since then…well here we are, still! I’ve met a lot of cool painters through working up TPC; some have become personal friends, and if not that, solid acquaintances.

But, first you have to call me back.

If I need to call a contractor for something at my house, I don’t start out by saying “I write up a national contractor magazine,” and it’s not like they recognize me and get all excited like I’m Odell Beckham or George Clooney, so I don’t get any special treatment. Sometimes I get no treatment at all. One guy sent someone by to look at a potential job, then he said they’d send someone by in a couple days and finish up the estimate so they could get started. That was in August, and every time I’d ask, I’d get an apology, a promise, and the silent treatment.

I’m looking to get hold of someone else, but sometimes it’s hard to find a contractor that can do that kind of work and that shows up. Maybe business is good, but they lost me and anyone I might send to them.

On the other hand, a guy who owns a pool maintenance company, so who mainly has summer work, was ready for a different job at a moment’s notice. Literally, like I had to run home in the middle of the day to let him in, but he was available and I wanted to get stuff done. Since then he’s gotten a lot of work around The Paint Contractor office and the building next door and most likely will be our go-to handyman for the future. But he showed up and did a good job at a good price, so there ya go.

Speaking of work around the office, someone asked how things were going, and I mentioned how I learned the importance of caulk. Our building was unoccupied for a couple years, so no one is sure what work needs to be done until we start living the consequences of someone not doing it. Whoever put in the kitchen, and whenever—which is sometime between 1919 and now—didn’t bother caulking it up and…well I wouldn’t be far from exaggerating to say I don’t need to put my lunch in the fridge. After caulking some windows, doors, joints, seals, floors, etc…well for one, the building should hold together better, and for two, it’s now about 68 degrees in the kitchen instead of 42.

Speaking of cold—props to the guys working across the street from me. A couple contractors are redoing a home exterior. Roof, windows, brickwork—they were out when it rained, and they were out more recently when it was 20 degrees. I wonder about that home’s interior because the attic window was open to the outside for about five years, including when the place was occupied. Rain, snow, and gloom of night all had unfettered access. Nice to see someone fixing it up, and while I wouldn’t love to be out there at 20 degrees…well wait, I don’t have to go outside for that. Maybe I’ll ask them over to fix my house’s problem.

I figure between 10 years of The Paint Contractor and 25 of The Paint Dealer, I’ve had a hand in about 400 magazines, enough to know a lot more about paint and painting than when I started. Hopefully, thanks to us and the experts that contribute to our articles, you do too. We depend on manufactures, advertisers, publicists, industry experts, and most of all, you, to get to issue 401.

We appreciate it, and as you can see, we really need the warm vibes.


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