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If it ain’t broke, let’s break it!

In a roundabout ongoing quest to understand minimal and slow product advancements in our trade, I came to realize certain things need to occur before a new product is born or service is launched.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve lived my life with the mindset of “If it ain’t broke, let’s break it.”

STATUS UPDATE: Pre-Production 5150

It’s been a busy 2 weeks as  we kicked off pre-production on an 11,000 sq ft Level 5 house. In 2 weeks we primed all the ceilings and walls twice and applied our first coat of finish wall paint on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor. The ceilings were painted on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors. We taped off, pulled, re-primed and painted 60 casement windows. We also primed the poplar trim package for the 3rd and 4th floor twice with Zinsser Cover Stain oil, sanding between coats. As if that was enough to keep busy, we also primed three other houses. There are many photos of progress on flickr with descriptions. Check it out!

Our last pre-production day is today. The trim carpenters will have their time in the house before we go back to start production.

Finish Level 5 Smooth Drywall Ceilings

Over the next few weeks we will be dissecting the very dated publication; Levels of Gypsum Board Finish, titled GA 216-96: Recommended Levels of Gypsum Board Finish as outlined under the Publication in ASTM C 840.

HOW TO: Benchmarking Basics

Fullscreencapture827201080140PM.bmp.jpgBenchmarking various tasks lead to the ultimate in productivity and profitability. After all, it’s the key to being efficient. If you’ve never looked closely at where the time goes but you’re ready to —here is a great place to start. Keeping track of where your time goes is a breeze if you work by yourself, but if not, have your guys jot down the time they spend performing various tasks.

How much time to paint a 10×10 bedroom?


How long should it take a professional to cut and roll two coats in a 10 by 10 bedroom assuming one hour to fill and sand any nail holes and stuff. thanks


For me one coat would take 30 minutes. That includes taping baseboard, cutting around one window, bedroom door and closet door.