Category Archives: project management

Cougar Gulch: Your Trade Show Marketing Representative

Extreme Industrial Coatings deals in high-tech wear protection for metal surfaces and is a production machine shop in Airway Heights, Washington. They have created a specialty product with a very narrow market. They re-manufacture the rotating and stationary valves of the Lockwood Air Cup Potato Planter. This means they target a narrow market of potato […]
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Best Practices for Employee Safety Bulletin Board

The Employee Safety Bulletin Board is usually located in the employee lounge. Some businesses may place it in a common hallway or near the main office. On this board should be posted all the regulatory posters, locations and emergency numbers and other information to help employees conduct their business in an informed, efficient and safe […]
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Employer Required USDOL, OSHA and State Posters

Employment and Safety posters are required to be posted in a location common to and accessible by all employees. A common location would be installing an employment and safety bulletin board in the employee lunchroom. If there is no lunchroom or lounge, the board should be located in a common area, such as a hallway […]
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Dean’s Quick Rules for Writing Interesting Articles

The goal of every author is to attract the audience of the reader, whether the purpose be merely to entertain, or whether it be to win the reader to the author’s point of view. This may seem easier to envision than it is to accomplish. Here are a few tips I give to aspiring authors. […]
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Workplace Safety Manual by Cougar Gulch Group

The Workplace Safety Manual is more than a manual – it is an education. The categories in this manual encompass general industries and construction operations. We can affordably adapt this manual to your workplace. We can also aid with your ISN certification. Purchase one copy; review it; then contact Dean to fit this manual to […]
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Dean Isaacson – Expert Witness for Construction Forensics

Expert Witness was one of the services I performed before moving from Seattle to Idaho. It is something I enjoyed very much because it involved two of my favorite occupations – analyzing and writing. The time required establishing my construction enterprise prevented me from pursuing this line of work in Idaho, until now. Below is […]
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Updated Construction Estimation Spreadsheet in CSI MasterFormat

This spreadsheet is a revision of the previous worksheet for residential and light commercial construction take-offs and project estimation used by my previous companies and which many readers of this article have and may be using today, with my permission. Before I get into the changes in this document over the previous, let me give […]
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Half Full, Half Empty or Drinking Problem

Some people see the cup as half full; some see the cup as half empty. I see the cup as fully empty because I know, left unattended, someone is going to drink the remains of the cup. Among contractors and project managers, there are several management styles. Just as there are optimistic and pessimistic people, […]
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Avoid Problems With A Well Written Contract

Most projects for small contractors are not large enough to warrant the use of American Institute of Architects (AIA) Form A201, General Conditions of the Contract for Construction or Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC) Form C700, Standard General Conditions Of The Construction Contract. Besides, the large documents would scare off most customers who have […]
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EPA Puts the Hammer on Pre-1978 Homes

There is cause to be concerned the EPA may be a bureaucracy out of control. They are relentless in pursuit of rules to control every aspect of commerce. The recent Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule is one such example. However, the purpose of this article is to help you understand your business, perform it […]
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