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Building Materials / Re: Wood Flooring in Kitchen
« on: December 22, 2017, 06:16:05 AM »
You can use whatever you want. Hardwood floors in the kitchen is very common by me.

Member Connections / Re: Hey guys I'am Jake
« on: November 14, 2017, 07:43:51 PM »
Hi Jake, 
You posted this awhile back, but I just found this forum.  I'm a remodeler in Kansas City and I'm on a quest to find other lean disciples in my industry.  Just curious to know if you are pursuing lean in your business in Chicago?

It can be a struggle at times I am not going to lie. I really try to eliminate waste.
on site
#1 I try to stay pretty organized,  I don't want guys to struggle finding a specific fastener, or joist hanger, etc...
#2 I try to replicate sites as much as I can, I have been using knack boxes more and more, so all of our core tools are always in the same place. In the past I would only use knaack boxes for security.
#3 Lighting is now a top priority. So is dust collection. Which both are a total win, win.

office side

theres really a just a few things, and I really struggle with them.
#1 standard operating procedures, I really need to get everyone on board with this. I have the guys in field on board. If I need to leave for something and some one in management comes by, theres a high likely hood that they're going to direct the guys to go in a different direction.
so my solution, including the why. Why specific standard operating procedures are important, and what issues where we having that made this procedure valuable enough to include it in a standard operating procedures.
#2 getting engineers, and architects on board.
So historically some one will hand me a print to bid. lets just say its a $50,000 project. but the owner doesn't have a clue what stuff cost and only has $30,000. Sometimes certainly not always, I can do the cost engineering, and work with the engineer, to redesign the project to meet the owners needs. What I am trying to do is come on before any drawing are done. This way the owner gets the right drawings the first time. I am charging for this. Its pretty small fee, I do give it back to the owner if they go with me to do the work.

FastCap Wish List / Re: Cool router accessory
« on: November 09, 2017, 07:46:07 PM »
Obviously not my idea, but I think I am going to make one

Building Materials / Re: Replacement Vinyl Window Installation
« on: October 13, 2017, 08:08:28 AM »
Vinyls probably your only choice. I would recommend OSI spray foam with there gun. By me if you buy a case of spray foam they give you the gun free. But I would run around and do all the air sealing I could. Obviously use it for the windows as well.

Building Materials / Re: Replacement Vinyl Window Installation
« on: October 12, 2017, 04:31:16 PM »
What kind of budget are you on? Windows can be extremely expensive, especially when you start looking at triple plane glass. But even the most energy efficient windows are only about R6.5. A much cheaper solution is insulated storm windows. I did vinyl replacement windows in my house, and there fine. However if this was any sort of forever house I would just replace the whole assembly. Depending on what I found I would probably reflash, reinstall a new pan under all the windows as well. I would look at Marvin, maybe Anderson, there's a new guy by us called sierra pacific, there supposed to be very well made.

Ask FastCap / Re: Home Renovation Tips
« on: September 21, 2017, 05:48:01 AM »
Just take your time, and work safe. Keep the site well lit and clean.
Good luck

Ask FastCap / Re: Flooring Trends
« on: August 09, 2017, 04:21:39 PM »
I would get on instagram, look for high end builders in your area. See what there doing. But there's some really cool stuff out there. Here's one from NS builders

FastCap Wish List / Re: 3rd hand carrying bag
« on: May 26, 2017, 08:33:27 AM »
Nice, I will be ordering one shortly.

FastCap Wish List / 3rd hand carrying bag
« on: May 24, 2017, 06:44:32 AM »
It would be great to have integrated storage for 3rd hand feet. Either in the interior or exterior. If anyone has something slick that there using please post a pic.

Lean Remodeling / Blueprints
« on: May 02, 2017, 06:05:22 PM »
I know a lot of you probably use iPads or something similar. I like full size blueprints. Here's a photo of a bench that the gc of a job I did made.

FastCap Product Review / cleaner mindset
« on: April 28, 2017, 10:44:11 PM »
I don't know if anyone else here reads the fine homebuilding blog, small article about keeping job sites clean and features fast caps saw hood.

Lean Remodeling / Re: Paperwork
« on: April 24, 2017, 08:44:59 PM »
If anyone needs help with this sort of stuff Shawn * writes a blog for fine home building about paperwork and organizing files, along with general construction buisness. It's helped me a lot. *.com/

Member Projects / Re: Here is what I am working on today
« on: February 18, 2017, 09:07:12 PM »
Replaced 5 columns the other day cause all of the bottoms of the existing columns had rotted away

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