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Losing less time in the transitions
means that production time is maxi-
mized. If we set up jobs properly,
everything is there that the painters
will need, and they can find it. We have
all heard the clock tick on as painters
wander around looking for what they
need. When they don't find it in the
house, they go out to the van. When
they don't find it in the van, maybe
they go charge it to your account. The
day just got shot.
The end of the day can be a real loser.
Painters are often scrambling to hit their
production goals, which has them work-
ing into what should be cleanup time,
which often will compromise end-of-day
organization and, in turn, snowball into a
solid next-day start.
Having a system for the end of the day,
which includes not only returning every-
thing to the staging area, but also leaving
everything clean and organized, is critical.
Sometimes, depending on the type of
project, we will designate one person on
the crew to initiate the end-of-day
cleanup while others are still wrapping up
production for the day. We believe in
sharing responsibility, and sometimes the
way to do that is through defined roles.
Most important, we have to be flexible,
because we are always rolling with the
punches every day – defeating variables as
One way that we have been able to
"make time" in all segments of our day,
and especially at the end of the day, is by
spending less time pouring paint from
trays to cans and wrapping up rollers
frames and naps for next-day usage.
The Kovrd storage bag saves hours each
week by eliminating those tedious and
repetitive tasks. It is like a little zippered
time capsule that is designed to keep paint
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I keep a Kovrd bag in the back of the vehi-
cle for any task it might be used for.
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