@Innocentbystander You've been incredibly helpful and answered a lot of my questions.. in fact, you even praised the "tinkering" I did on the soap gun and I was pumped because I do respect the heck out of you.
But I think we've had this particular disagreement before.
What you call a "black eye", I call tinkering. Sometimes doers want to try stuff and if they don't know what they don't know they start with what they do. I'm sure your path wasn't a linear one in this business.
Maybe it was. I don't know.
It doesn't take long to realize that the Home Depot stuff won't get you very far and I've since upgraded to what my business can handle. If statistics hold true, 90% of these folks won't be in business in a couple of years anyway.
Many of those because they are in debt up to their eyeballs because someone told them they could only start a business with the best and when a slow year happens they haven't put anything away and can't cover their debt service.
If anything, us new guys should make you established guys look better.