Working Efficiently

By Robert Robillard on Contractor Advice


Working Efficiently in the Trades

Working efficiently in the residential construction world does not mean hauling lumber and building materials around, up, down, and all around.  Stuff like that is time-consuming and takes a toll on your body.

Setting up a job site to run smoothly, methodically and efficiently takes place prior to the job starts.

Here are a few efficiency tips I learned from an old pro:

1. Avoid making unnecessary trips ask your lumberyard to stack the material on the truck in the order you will be using it. [i.e., floor materials, wall materials and last the roof material]
2. Have the materials dropped as close to the area that it will be installed to avoid moving it to another location. Cut studs, plywood and anything else right there on the material pile.
3.   Consider organizing your tools and parts with a tool storage system.  tool storage systems are as important as the tools that are used to get the job done. The average contractor’s tools are valued at thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars. That’s an investment work protecting. If you haven’t taken the time to analyze your work efforts during their course of a day – you should.

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Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor

Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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