Friday, June 8, 2007

Using the Summary Matrix to change Base Service Charges

Author: Roy
In this blog we will show you one way to change the base service charges using the Summary Matrix.
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Monday, August 27, 2007

Missing Children

Author: Roy
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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Cat Adjusting as a Profession (Is It For Me?)

Article Archive

Author: Roy
From the Article Archive 
Title: Cat Adjusting as a Profession (Is It For Me?)
First Posted: Friday, November 26, 2004
Author: Gary White

My son is now ready to go to college away from home and excluding approximately 21 months in an attempt to try something different in my life as a "financial planner", I have been adjusting, supervising or investigating claims for almost 27 years. By the way, I have worked my share of hail, wind, tornado and hurricane cats for other carriers so I know from whence I speak. Even during the time while I was trying to become a "financial planner", I supplemented my income with adjusting temp jobs and contract adjusting work.

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Friday, June 8, 2007

Florida Focus---Changes in the Wind?

Author: Roy
Some of us reside in Florida.  Many more of us have served time here with a stint or two following catastrophes that impacted the Sunshine State.  In the aftermath of Andrew;  the 'four in 2004', and then Wilma, old-timers and rookie adjusters alike saturated the fourth largest state and served for weeks and months.
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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Quick Tip - Xactimate v25: Adjusting O&P Per Claim

Author: Roy

In this quick tip we cover issues related to Overhead & Profit (O&P) that you may encounter in the field.  Some clients may request that you handle O&P in a different way then what your current default settings allow.  In those cases you may only wish to change the settings on a selected file instead of changing your system setup. 

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Friday, March 30, 2007

Ladder Safety

Author: Roy

This is a repost of the article. We are moving all articles from the old format to the new format.

As hail season approaches we want to remind everybody to think ladder safety each and ever time you grab that ladder. OSHA has reported that the most recent accident statistics suggest that the working men and women in America abuse and misuse ladders in the workplace as a rule rather than an exception.

 

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Friday, June 8, 2007

Florida Focus---Big "AA" meeting scheduled forTallahassee

Author: Roy
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Friday, February 16, 2007

They don't just hand you the keys.

Author: Roy

This article comes from a forum post that was made by rass3742 on 9/12/2006

One thing I’ve noticed is the incessant struggle between newbies and veterans of our industry, as they scrimmage to identify the paradigm of CAT adjusting.  As a veteran of claims adjusting myself, I have taken the long road here and know that I am better for it.

I have just recently become “active” in reading and posting comments; as such, I hope I am not breaking the rules of CADO by bringing the bulk of a post I already made into this thread.  I just think it’s a topic at the front of so many minds here that it might be of interest as its own discussion.

What I’ve been seeing, in a lot of the posts in the CADO community, are seasoned adjusters who are struggling with the seemingly never-ending complaints of start-up adjusters who aren't being handed a living on a silver platter.

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Friday, June 8, 2007

Using the Square Break tool to add roof extensions

Author: Roy
Have you ever seen an estimate tree in Xactimate where the roof section is listed as Roof1, Roof2, Roof3 and so on? Well in most cases this occurs when the estimate writer uses the "roof icon" or the f key to add the extensions to the main roof diagram in Sketch, when a better option would be to use the "Square Break" tool to add extensions to the roof.
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Friday, June 8, 2007

Use Sketch Templates to save time and increase production

Author: Roy
The template tools in "Sketch" allow you to create diagrams and reuse them in other claims. You can even share them with other adjusters. In this blog we will show you how to create a template and load it.
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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

CADO is turning 12!!

Author: Roy
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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

2008 and Cat Adjusting

Author: Roy
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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

View From the Slough, Too - The Art and Science of Branch Assist

Author: Medulus
View From the Slough, Too
The Art and Science of Branch Assist
By Steve Ebner (Medulus@aol.com)
 
I originally wrote this article back in 2001, and hundred of people read it on CADO, but at some point the link to the article became bad. So, for years I have not even been able to access it. I thought the article was lost for good until I recently discovered it on an old backup data disk. Because the conditions in catadjusting in 2001 and 2007 are so similar, I thought it would be a good time to update and revise the article to make it more current and to repost it on CADO. I know there is a danger of sharing too many secrets about how to get by in this business, especially when so many thousands have been added to our ranks with the storms of 2004 and 2005. But it is mainly those with experience and knowledge that will be able to benefit from this information. And I have always been willing to help those who deserve to be helped.
 
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Friday, June 8, 2007

Profession or Commodity

Author: Roy
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Friday, November 23, 2007

State of the Industry

Author: Roy
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

IKE LOSSES MAY PUT A MAJOR STRAIN ON TWIA

Author: Roy

State-run insurer of last resort bears much of coastal cost

By Mary Williams Walsh
© 2008 The New York Times,
Reproduced under license from
the Copyright Clearance Center

Hurricane Ike caused as much as $16 billion in property damage, by some estimates, but the state-led insurance pool that will ...

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Saturday, September 8, 2007

What are they saying about us

Author: Roy
Recent articles published by Bloomberg a copy of which I've posted in the forums completely disparage the work we do. We are seen as mere puppets who foolishly obey our carrier and vendor masters with no forethought or ethics.
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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Do it right the first time and reduce re-opens

Author: Roy

This article was moved from the old system. It was written by George Mullet in 2000.

The primary thing an adjuster needs to do is communicate with the insured. I cannot emphasize that enough. We do not know if there is an error, an oversight or what, until we get out there. The adjuster is always supposed to communicate the proposed settlement with an insured and many people tell us they never heard from the adjuster after he was out there. Whether that is true or not is not the issue. If the adjuster is overly clear not only on the amount of the settlement but exactly what he is recommending, it leaves little room for misunderstandings. Further, if he/she is extremely clear, people will not have the tendency to want to say they never heard from the adjuster.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Are you ready for the life as a Cat Adjuster or road warrior?

By Rob Britton @ AmericanWay

Author: Roy

The life of a road warrior can be hard, not only on the traveler but also on his or her family. Experienced business travelers explain how they MAINTAIN THE PERSONAL-PROFESSIONAL BALANCE...

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Quick Tip - Xactimate 27, Training Book

Author: Roy

 If you are currently working with Xactimate 27, then you may wish to get the Training Workbook.

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