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Ask FastCap / Re: Soft Wax
« on: October 21, 2018, 08:25:38 PM »
There’s a few other YouTube videos, hope it helps

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.

Lean Manufacturing / Re: Standardizing work for varied productio
« on: February 22, 2018, 11:59:24 PM »
I feel your pain, I am in the construction industry. Site conditions change drastically from job site to job site. Scope of work changes from job to job as well. As soon as one task is completed, you might need a whole different set of tools, different crew, etc.. to keep the job going. Weather delays, can throw a big wrench in your plans.

What I first did was try to standardize everything.
-Every job the first thing that happens is lighting, goes up. Then we clean our work area. lay down our drop cloths, cover everything that could be negatively impacted with plastic, plywood, whatever it takes.
-I stage a tool corral, that I try to replicate every job. As close to the area that we're working that I can. (sometimes we could be working in huge industrial buildings a couple 100 thousand sq feet. If someone needs to run across the building it could be very time consuming. Also I get super frustrated looking for tools/fasteners, I want everything as close to the same place every time.)
-what ever task we're doing then we only bring out the tools required to complete that task. (so if I am wearing a tool pouch that day, I'am not loading it up with a bunch of tools and fasteners just cause I can. I am only taking with me the tools I need to complete whatever task needs to be completed. Also as far as the site goes, I am also not bringing material out, or any larger tools/equipment till probably the day its needed.)
-Then we put everything away if theres any cleaning that is needed, sawdust, dirt, broken concrete, etc.. it gets cleaned up immediately. We move on to the next task. (client, inspector, architect, engineer, anyone that walks on to my job site I want to think "wow this is how all job sites should look")

The biggest thing I can tell you is maybe focus on the similarities, how to standardize that. Keep all the variables being equipment and material in a orderly fashion so when you need them you can retrieve them effortlessly. Once your there try to eliminate steps. Try to take notice of things you truly don't need, and get them out of there.

I am certainly guilty of organizing waste, and there's nothing lean about that. I hope that helps. post up some more details if you can and I will try to help the best I can.

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 gl*. 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 *embly. 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.

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