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Lean Remodeling / Material delivery in a J.I.T. Process
« on: August 26, 2018, 09:42:00 PM »
Hey guys, I have been focusing on a J.I.T. ( just in time ) approach. For the most part I have been pretty happy with the success. I think it gives us a edge on our competition, and I think are customers are extremely happy with the turn around time. There’s a few things that I am not thrilled with.
• if I want to get material delivered it might be several days out.
(I have switched suppliers where I can, but only 50% of my suppliers offer same day or next day delivery, the other 50% offer materials/products I can’t get anywhere else)
Otherwise someone is in a truck picking material/products
• I am next day airing specialty products (I could stock this stuff, but I am finding this to be the best, however it can be extremely expensive at times)
• errors are made during material take offs, this might be making *umptions that a certain fastener is stocked at a local supplier. To a unusual beam that has a substantial lead time.
Does anyone have any recommendations on Better process of ordering materials.
I use a kanban system that works great. It is a huge help! I just can’t stock everything I need for these larger jobs. Plus I would need to get a much larger shop.

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 / Paperwork
« on: February 02, 2017, 07:13:27 PM »
I am trying to put a couple systems in place
#1 preconstruction, construction, finished (which I can then see exactly how many hours went into a job. Where did we come short, where did we crush it. Etc)
#2 receipts, rental agreements, maintenance warranty, insurance docs, everything. I fill up a whole filling cabinet over the course of a year. Then when I need to find a receipt for something. I need to go through a few months sometimes close to a Years worth of records.

What is your system? I think there might be some fastpipe in my future.

Member Projects / Curbless showers does anyone have suggestions
« on: January 02, 2017, 09:04:41 PM »
My wife's pregnant with our second kid and looking to finish the basement. I wanted to put in a curbless shower. I need to bust up the floor to add a drain anyhow and thought I would do a curbless shower. I am not 100% committed to this and it's not something I am doing right away. I would like any feedback from someone that has experience doing this. Thanks guys

Building Materials / zip system/advantech
« on: December 04, 2016, 06:57:23 PM »
I have used the zip system on two projects now. so far there hasn't been any draw backs. in one case we also used the advantech sub floor. Both these products seem great. All of the sheet goods sta* flat, which i find makes it easier to make accurate cuts. Also I feel gives the owner/inspector/GC more confidence in what your building. it's still a new product and I don't think everyone is sold on it yet, but it looks to me like its just a matter of time. there is a small learning curve with taping, I would recommend purchasing the roller that huber makes for installing the tape. (maybe someone can chime in on a better roller and have fastcap make one.) there is a secondary benefit, air sealing. Zip system seems way ahead of tyvek in this department. Also the sheathing is marked for nailing, 6"o.c. around the perimeter 12" o.c. in the field.

Lean Remodeling / My cross over box
« on: November 17, 2016, 04:02:12 PM »
A few years ago I contacted Paul, about making some dividers for my cross over box. I was really pumped about the idea. I would haul around a ton of tools. I wanted to have all of my "core tools" with me, and I wanted them organized. Paul didn't bite on the idea, but that didn't discourage me. I spent a ton of time building boxs to house everything. I had a couple heavy gauge extension cords, worm drive saw, sawzaw, cordless drill, my veto pro pac, and a Paslode. I got a ton of comments from other contractors and friends. But the issue I found was that I rarely needed all of them. The tools I did need to complete the days task were either in tha cab with me or sliding around in the bed of my truck. Here's a pic of my cross over box now. Now I load it up with whatever I need, and only what I need to complete the days tasks.

Member Projects / Here is what I am working on today
« on: November 16, 2016, 01:34:17 PM »
I figured I should start posting, so here's what I am doing today

This is just one aspect of this job.
I need to reinforce the tails of one end of each truss. I also need to increase bearing, and add a vertical 2x4 leg to the truss. Along with plywood gusset. This isn't my design in any way. I even have a nailing spec.

Member Connections / Hey guys I'm Jake
« on: November 15, 2016, 07:57:06 PM »
Hey guys my name is Jake Lewandowski. I currently run jobs for my family's construction company specializing in structural work, in the Chicagoland area. I look forward to hearing about you guys.

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