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Old 11-17-2018, 03:50 AM   #1
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So I just acquired a shop, and now I want to get it all setup nice for residential electrical work. Post pictures of your setup and any ideas/recommendations you have.

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Old 11-17-2018, 06:03 AM   #2
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I have no pictures because it is sooooo boring.

I will caution you to not fill it up with stuff that you may one day work to get rid of, like I am doing now.

If you go to the supply house multiple times per week, there is no need to stock everyday items.
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I have no pictures because it is sooooo boring.

I will caution you to not fill it up with stuff that you may one day work to get rid of, like I am doing now.

If you go to the supply house multiple times per week, there is no need to stock everyday items.
I try to limit it to

* Bulk discount supplies and materials
* Items I use a lot, but are hard to get quickly
* Leftovers / salvage
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Old 11-17-2018, 07:33 AM   #4
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Here's a picture of a shop a shop I've seen more than once:

A good friend of mine retired.
He asked me to come by and see if there was anything I could use out of his warehouse.
Imagine 40 plus years in the trade and never once throwing away or putting away a 6-32 or a wirenut at the end of the day.
Now imagine that with boxes, pipe, tools, a truck, a boat, a canoe, fishing poles, nets, traps, lamps, fittings, salvaged breakers, tools.
All stacked from the floor to hanging from the ceiling.
Everything packed in tight with only a small warn through vinyl tiled path to a wallowed out chair, facing the door under the last lit tube of a 4 lamp lensless troffer.
And there it was.
an elbo print worn shell of a former excutive desk with six dozen paper pile stalagmites and only a plate size clear spot exposed on the corners edge. Enough space to recognize a 10 year old Graybar desk calendar.
The office was a long ago man cave with a 1970s fridge and a Mr. Coffee. A coffee pot that has seen him through every crisis in his now forever changing life.
He son Monty was not interested in the trade but enjoyed the lifestyle his fathers hard work provided. He flourished in ballet and other theatrical arts until age and injury retired him to the life of a franchised strip mall hairdresser.

There ya go.
And that's a almost a thousand words that would have been better as a picture.
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This is now my shop...






Because of this...



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The garage is back to being my garage.
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I have no pictures because it is sooooo boring.

I will caution you to not fill it up with stuff that you may one day work to get rid of, like I am doing now.

If you go to the supply house multiple times per week, there is no need to stock everyday items.
Nothing like your material owing you money.
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I have had vans stocked to the brim... only to find we were using the same small items 90% of the time, the rest we were getting before the job anyway.

Light and lean is the way to go.
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I have had vans stocked to the brim... only to find we were using the same small items 90% of the time, the rest we were getting before the job anyway.

Light and lean is the way to go.
probably saves on brakes/suspension/gas too
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probably saves on brakes/suspension/gas too
I think you could go from a 1 ton to a half ton van.

I've got an EC friend (He posts on here every once in a while), he runs a half ton van and very limited stock. He probably makes more money than me doing it.
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If you're doing residential, you really don't need a shop.

Get rid of it.
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I think you could go from a 1 ton to a half ton van.

I've got an EC friend (He posts on here every once in a while), he runs a half ton van and very limited stock. He probably makes more money than me doing it.
Yup, I couldn't agree more about the van.

The things that you need on a van are hardware, basics like wirenuts/connectors, and tools. In addition, it is good to have some extras for either repairs (breakers, a small assortment of devices), upsells, and changes.

Things like various size boxes for when you cut out a hole in a wall that is only 2" deep. Some mulberry covers, crap like that.

For everything else, there is the supply house. If you are going for 1 item, you might as well get everything.
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So I just acquired a shop, and now I want to get it all setup nice for residential electrical work. Post pictures of your setup and any ideas/recommendations you have.

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I don't want to be negative about your shop, I just don't want to see you waste time and (lots of) money like I did, just to spend more time getting rid of the stuff

Whatever you do, take lots of pictures, we love pictures!
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I have a new Jman starting right after Thanksgiving. I am taking all of next week off and will be going through the van I am putting her in to restock it, clean it up and tool it out.

It'll be much much leaner than in the past.

I also agree you probably don't need a shop until you get a number of guys rolling. The shop for all of them can be the van, a shop that produces income.

I use a shared office space that I can utilize a conference room for meetings and such. Then I have a couple of storage units in the areas we work in. I have a few parts (mostly from items that were purchased years ago and bulk purchases like boxes) and tools. I keep ladders, wire caddy's, large hammer drills, generator, etc. in the storage unit.

When someone needs something, they can swing in and grab it, use it, and then return it when done. Works just like a shop but at a 80-90% discount.
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I will put up some pics, I only have a few and they are from a long time ago. They are mainly to show what not to do.

Here is me getting material ready before I got my vans. I would say that 95% of that stuff I did not need and have been working to get rid of. I also don't use those briefcase style organizers anymore, I put the material into open eurobins so it's easy to access. I only have 3 briefcase style organizers on the van now, they are for the really small stuff.

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I will put up some pics, I only have a few and they are from a long time ago. They are mainly to show what not to do.

Here is me getting material ready before I got my vans. I would say that 95% of that stuff I did not need and have been working to get rid of. I also don't use those briefcase style organizers anymore, I put the material into open eurobins so it's easy to access. I only have 3 briefcase style organizers on the van now, they are for the really small stuff.



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whats a eurobin?

There are a lot of different lengths and widths. They are great for putting on van shelves. You can put dividers in them to hold lots of different stuff and the front isn't opened so you can load them high without stuff falling out.

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There are a lot of different lengths and widths. They are great for putting on van shelves. You can put dividers in them to hold lots of different stuff and the front isn't opened so you can load them high without stuff falling out.

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What brand is the one you use? It looks similar to what I have, but I'd like to get a better look at it.
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What brand is the one you use? It looks similar to what I have, but I'd like to get a better look at it.
I can't get the link to work right. Search https://www.globalindustrial.com/ for "Euro Drawer". The brand I have is Quantum.
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There are a lot of different lengths and widths. They are great for putting on van shelves. You can put dividers in them to hold lots of different stuff and the front isn't opened so you can load them high without stuff falling out.

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I like it, but for some things, like EMT fittings, I prefer the briefcase style bins. I can grab my 1/2" EMT briefcase and I have all the items I need right there, straps, WT fittings, SS fittings... No need to pick and choose through bins for x amount of this or that.

Looks good and I see the value of doing it that way for a lot of items.
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I can't get the link to work right. Search https://www.globalindustrial.com/ for "Euro Drawer". The brand I have is Quantum.
I see what you mean about the closed front, those look nice. Still have some open shelf space, might have to try those.
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