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Old 06-24-2017, 06:51 PM   #1
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I have recently been tasked with improving the efficiency of our insulation teams.
Does anyone have an idea of what amount of time should be spent installing say R30 in a crawl space? I am search for an idea of how many SF/hr.

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Old 06-24-2017, 07:30 PM   #2
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I have recently been tasked with improving the efficiency of our insulation teams.
Does anyone have an idea of what amount of time should be spent installing say R30 in a crawl space? I am search for an idea of how many SF/hr.

Thank you
Good Lord! If you're an insulation professional why wouldn't you know the answer to this? Even most employees would probably know this.

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RS Means has a book available that has expected times to do certain tasks. I suggest you buy it.
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OP screams rookie.
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Does anyone have an idea of what amount of time should be spent installing say R30 in a crawl space? I am search for an idea of how many SF/hr.

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Define what you consider to be a crawl space...
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I figure It'd take about as long as installing R22, mebee more, mebee less...
Have you considered asking the installers how long they think it would take them? Or are you just trying to come up with an arbitrary bid number that will determine the installers production rates?

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The crews for the insulation companies I worked with at my last job were paid by the job, didn't matter if it took an hour or all day. That's how it was for like, 4 or 5 different companies

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Your not really looking to improve efficiency for efficiencies sake. You are actually asking how little can I pay my guys and get more work out of them without costing me more.

Dunno. Hire illegals?

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Hire midgets for your crawl space jobs, then they won't be crawl spaces anymore.
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That's akin to dwarf-throwing... and that's Little People to you Mr. Height Privileged...
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If you had met me you wouldn't be referring to me as height privileged.
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LOL... so maybe you're "a kin" after all... my bad... carry on...
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I had hoped I was asking the question of professionals. I must have been mistaken in the case of many here.

I am NOT an insulation installer/contractor. I am an entomologist for a pest management company who offers the service of R&R insulation & vapor barrier when there has been a wildlife issue in the crawl space to bring it back to original condition. Our staff are paid by the hour and our leads receive a production bonus. We have work stacked out two months. I am not looking for a way to pay less. I want our staff to earn more in bonus. Variables aside, I am simply asking if there is an industry average of the number of SF per hour installed in an average crawl space.
I do have the most recent edition of RS Means. I am looking to compare data.
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I think what the other professionals here are trying to say is there is no such thing as an average crawl space there are to many variables to consider.

It would be like someone saying to me it's an average cable run, there is really no such thing.

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I had hoped I was asking the question of professionals. I must have been mistaken in the case of many here.

I am NOT an insulation installer/contractor. I am an entomologist for a pest management company who offers the service of R&R insulation & vapor barrier when there has been a wildlife issue in the crawl space to bring it back to original condition. Our staff are paid by the hour and our leads receive a production bonus. We have work stacked out two months. I am not looking for a way to pay less. I want our staff to earn more in bonus. Variables aside, I am simply asking if there is an industry average of the number of SF per hour installed in an average crawl space.
I do have the most recent edition of RS Means. I am looking to compare data.
Thank you
Not rocket science, jeesh. Why not get local bids from other companies in your area and compare. How about something called "Google?" (type in "labor cost to install batt insulation in crawl space") Hit "enter" and Wah-lah !

"Industry Averages" vary quite a bit.... but I think you are missing the point. (see below)

IMO here's the bottom line: How long will it take "your crew" to do it ? What if they can't do it in the "average industry time?" No one in "your staff" knows how long it may take ? Have they ever installed insulation before ? Am I missing something here ????

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I had hoped I was asking the question of professionals. I must have been mistaken in the case of many here.

I am NOT an insulation installer/contractor. I am an entomologist for a pest management company who offers the service of R&R insulation & vapor barrier when there has been a wildlife issue in the crawl space to bring it back to original condition. Our staff are paid by the hour and our leads receive a production bonus. We have work stacked out two months. I am not looking for a way to pay less. I want our staff to earn more in bonus. Variables aside, I am simply asking if there is an industry average of the number of SF per hour installed in an average crawl space.
I do have the most recent edition of RS Means. I am looking to compare data.
Thank you


Then you lied in your profile.


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