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Old 06-20-2018, 07:26 PM   #1
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Jobsite Efficiency


Can we have another jobsite efficiency thread?


I hope I'm not out of line here as there is a tremendously helpful jobsite efficiency thread out there already. (Started by charimon).


It hasn't been posted on for about a year and a half now, though.


I'd love to hear updates on how you are working efficiently. We are a two man crew and being more efficient on the job is definitely a low hanging fruit to more profitability. I figured up recently that saving 15 min a day in rolling out and cleaning up tools would net us $4-5000 in a year.


We work out of a long bed pickup and a 16' covered trailer. When we set our trailer up 2 years ago we shelved both sides and basically built a lot of little cubbies for tools.



We have been realizing that having your tools in boxes that can be carried in one trip helps a lot with set up and clean up. We have been buying Dewalt TSTAK boxes for most of our tools. We have two of the large rolling boxes and clip other boxes onto the top with the tools we need for the day. Being able to roll most of your small tools out in one trip is huge.


If I were setting up a trailer again I would definitely lean towards using stacks of boxes for all but the big tools. We built dropped areas into our bench on one side for our miter saw and table saw thinking that we could cut in the trailer for very small projects. We have done that about twice in 2 years. It makes a huge mess in the trailer and there really isn't enough room for sticks of trim, etc.


I would really like to pick up a miter saw stand with wheels as all we have now is one built out of finish ply. There is some assembly with bolts and wing nuts to set it up which takes time.


As to paperwork-job info, I have a Cordura briefcase with me every day with folders for the job we are on and jobs I am quoting. I have been using Evernote on my phone for lists, etc.


I really enjoy seeing how some of you approach your work. Without this site I would have never been exposed to some concepts that have really streamlined our operation.



Most of the local contractors just throw some tools in the back of the truck and have at it!


Let it roll!

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Old 06-20-2018, 07:48 PM   #2
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Wow, Iím up for saving $5K.

Try the joist app for proposals and invoicing, that has saved me time and helps me track projects.

Also having newer, quality tools so stuff doesnít go down so often.

I order lots of tools, parts, and supplies online, saves time driving all over town to find out they donít have it!



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Wow, Iím up for saving $5K.

Try the joist app for proposals and invoicing, that has saved me time and helps me track projects.

Also having newer, quality tools so stuff doesnít go down so often.

I order lots of tools, parts, and supplies online, saves time driving all over town to find out they donít have it!



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Joist app is awesome. I have been getting my kicks out of how often some people look at their estimates.......

Another thing I really like is a little bluetooth keyboard for my phone. Makes typing up an email on lunch break much faster.
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It's lighthearted but still serious: The most efficient thing I could do is throw my phone out the truck window.
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My apologies Griz, I forgot to stick some spaces in there! Thanks for the edit.
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One of the best things I did was to get into a rolling tool storage box Started out with the FatMax and moved onto the Milwaukee Packout System. Toughest thing was transferring from one to the other and remember where I put things. It would be nice to have labels on the boxes as to what is in each one.

Make spots for each tool or box specific for that tool and put it back there.

I have an inverter on the truck so if I'm doing something short term and need power I don't have to find an outlet or run a cord.
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That time spent rolling out and up can actually be quite efficient.

Gives you a chance to inspect cords, hoses, saws, compressors etc closely when they are and you are not in production mode.

Also gives you a chance to see the job when you are not in production mode and the opportunity to see things differently.

That 15 min/day that pencils out to 4-5k, you will never see or realize.

Sometimes trying to be too efficient will turn you in to more like a robot depriving you of the flexibility to adapt to your surroundings.

Read Larry Haun's book "The Very Efficient Carpenter".

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That time spent rolling out and up can actually be quite efficient.

Gives you a chance to inspect cords, hoses, saws, compressors etc closely when they are and you are not in production mode.

Also gives you a chance to see the job when you are not in production mode and the opportunity to see things differently.

That 15 min/day that pencils out to 4-5k, you will never see or realize.

Sometimes trying to be too efficient will turn you in to more like a robot depriving you of the flexibility to adapt to your surroundings.

Read Larry Haun's book "The Very Efficient Carpenter".

Good Luck...
I'm going to have to get that book, I keep hearing about it.

Good points about not getting over focused. I am guilty of that sometimes.
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I trim out of a fat max rolling box. Cheap made, but still good. I wish it closed up somewhat water resistant. Between it and the 3 rolling saw stands, I can be trimming within 20 minutes. That always gives me pleasure.

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It's lighthearted but still serious: The most efficient thing I could do is throw my phone out the truck window.
thats a big one !

what do you do?
we`re 2 guys also ,
i get calls for new work most days
clients calling.
i can`t neglect them
do i leave them and check on them twice a day?
its not fair to my current client if i`m answering the phone allot.

as for toting tools , i have one of those plastic janitor carts .
it rolls , has 3 tiers .great on hard floor area
also i have a rubbermaid , lawn cart , it rolls like a wheel barrel , and goes over all terrain.
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Joist app is awesome. I have been getting my kicks out of how often some people look at their estimates.......

Another thing I really like is a little bluetooth keyboard for my phone. Makes typing up an email on lunch break much faster.
i looked up joist app>
what does it do?

or is it just a ready-made set up app. for proposals and invoices?
how is that any difference than quickbooks?
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i looked up joist app>

what does it do?



or is it just a ready-made set up app. for proposals and invoices?

how is that any difference than quickbooks?


Yeah, itís proposals and invoicing for small potatoes guys like me it actually syncs with my quickbook account. The thing I like most is the professional looking invoices, all my business info, and logo is on there.

My uncle is a remodeler and still does chicken scratch handwritten invoices, thatís so crazy to me!


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i looked up joist app>

what does it do?



how is that any difference than quickbooks?


I have Joist on my phone.

I do Estimates as i look at them. I can give an official emailed estimate on the spot, get approval, and start working right away. Invoice when done.

Tracks everything QB does, with iPhone convenience.

Very helpful for small fish like me.


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thanks for that
i`m small fish too.

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