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ORGANIZING YOUR RIDE Iand having a neighbor pop over to make magine working on a residential project sure you know that you've left the door to your trailer open. They make a comment on how clean and organized everything is and then ask for a business card. You later end up doing a job for that neighbor. That's exactly what happened to Brooke Cambridge, owner of BLC Painting in Boston. Your vehicle can say a lot about you, so it's important that it projects the right image of your company. Not only can a clean, organized vehicle say good things about your services, but it saves a lot of time. A survey released by Brother International Corporation a few years ago said that an estimated 76 working hours per person each year are lost as a result of disorganization in the workplace. That's almost two workweeks! Now is a great time to take a look at your truck, van or fleet of vehicles and make sure they aren't holding you back. Getting Started When outfitting your truck or van, you have plenty of choices. You can buy a vehicle ready-made for contracting purposes, you can take your truck or van to a profes28 October 2013 • APC sional outfitting company or you can go the DIY route. No matter which way you decide to go, as always, prep is the most important step. First thing is first – put together a list of items that you keep with you regularly and another list of things that will need to find their way into your ride occasionally. Make the list on paper and then organize it from items that must be most accessible to least accessible. This should give you a basic idea of what you need: shelving for Y number of paint cans; hooks for x number of brushes; space for sprayers, pressure washers or building materials. Once you have this information, you are ready to head to the pro outfitter or to start shopping. If you are going to a pro to have your truck outfitted, they'll take measurements and work with you to come up with the perfect solution for your vehicle. Werner Co. also recently released an online tool called WEATHER GUARD Custom Van Configurator that helps you create a system from their products and then directs you to a pro installer. Stuff You'll Need Partitions – One component many van- Mario Guertin of Painting in Partnership in Chicago rigged his ride with a tailor-made hitching system that extends the racking system by almost two times. The racking system reduces what would normally be a two-person job to a one person job because the hitch allows you to put one side of the ladder on the hitch and push. owning contractors seem to forget is the partition. "Partitions are a real safety feature," says John Corman of Cottman Corp., an outfitting company in Pa. All it takes is some neighborhood dog chasing a squirrel across one of your vehicles' paths – a quick slam on the brakes can lead to a flying wrench or putty knife that can cause a major injury or busted windshield. Can anyone say workers' comp? Might be best to just spring for the partition. Shelving – You can go either metal or aluminum for your shelving system. The

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