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It takes me about 7-8 days to trim out a 3400 sqft house. This includes ac hook up and kitchen with ucabs.. How long do you guys take without stabbing devices? What are some tips to be more efficient?
 

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7-8 days seems like a little long but how many receps,lights and switches are you talking? I'd recommend doing everything at once with the receps and switches as far as making up, pig tailing and installing all as your sitting or standing their.
 

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I'd recommend doing everything at once with the receps and switches as far as making up, pig tailing and installing all as your sitting or standing their.

egggzactly the way all the efficiency engineers address production Chris

Less moves , movement, etc

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egggzactly the way all the efficiency engineers address production Chris

Less moves , movement, etc

~CS~
Yeah it's very true. I remember starting out kinda finding my way you know and I would go through and do all the make up then all the installing then all the trimming and I found it took longer. To many times in one spot. If you got a bucket or a cart with all your stuff on it and hit it your much more productive.
 

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7-8 days seems like a little long but how many receps,lights and switches are you talking? I'd recommend doing everything at once with the receps and switches as far as making up, pig tailing and installing all as your sitting or standing their.
100 receptacles , 60 rec lts, 3 pendants over island, four coach lts , 2 flood lights, 6 ucabs, one big foyer light, 2 led strip lights in garage, 6 keyless in unfinished basement, 3 bathrooms 6 vanity lights, 6 exterior receptacle with in use covers...oh and I had to remove 7 plastic round boxes and put in rec lts ... Oooh and 8 smoke detectors....
 

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Depends entirely on how complicated it is. How high are the ceilings, how many decorative fixtures, etc., etc. etc.

Here are some of my tips:

Make a list of finishing materials once you finish rough-in and the job is fresh in your mind.

Avoid running to the supplier in the middle of the day to pick up bits and pieces. I use Rack-a-Tiers tool boxes filled up with bits and pieces specifically for finishing work, panel work, etc. That also avoids running out to the truck for bits and pieces. I am a firm believer in grab-and-go.

I have a 4V driver I use specifically for devices. The finishing bit never leaves the driver.

I have a little fold-up bench I use for longer finishing jobs. I don't know why but it seems to make me more efficient. It gives me a place to put my stuff and it's a place to sit when I need to take a break and remember what the #### I'm doing :) .
 

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I was on a job yesterday that was a cluster #### and THREE trades were using Milwaukee tools. I lost my impact driver and it took twenty minutes to find it. Some clown took out it outside. I yelled at people for ten minutes so that was half an hour wasted.

Tip number 4: Identify your tools.
 

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I was on a job yesterday that was a cluster #### and THREE trades were using Milwaukee tools. I lost my impact driver and it took twenty minutes to find it. Some clown took out it outside. I yelled at people for ten minutes so that was half an hour wasted.

Tip number 4: Identify your tools.
You always that ugly after a nap 99....? :jester: ~CS~
 

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Onwards.....:laughing:

On our runs we tie all colors, H-N-G , into 3 red nuts (marrets for you northern heathens) . We make all our receptacles into pigtails @ the shop, and/or dedicated area & install.

This serves a few purposes....

1) we'll buzz the circuit for continuity after rock, cabinets, etc, to insure it's not been damaged

2) there's less wire for Mr Rocker to hit, painter to paint, and so forth

3) it speeds up trim w/less fingerprints

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I rarely do resi work (other than occasional service calls) and I haven't wired a new dwelling unit in years, but trim-out is my favorite part of the job :thumbup:
 

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I've worked for 10 hours on 2 fixtures before. Then again, the cost of those 2 fixtures could probably buy a small track home... did a 1600' track home in 11 hours once.

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1. Get on a rolling stool and put in ALL receptacles.
2. Put a pouch on and put in all switches and counter receptacles.
3. Leave said pouch on and hang all fluorescent lighting
4. Hang the decorative fixtures.
5. Go outside and put in everything
6. Put covers on
7. Turn everything on

These do not have to be in this order, but repetition makes speed. Like someone else said, don't go to the supply house mid day, make a list, and make them deliver it. That's what they're for. I make up all my boxes on the rough in. I believe this makes it faster also. One clean up, instead of 2.
 

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What's a track home? A home built on a track? A home with some sort of track? A home build IN a track, like a racetrack? :rolleyes:


Tract.
 

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It takes me about 7-8 days to trim out a 3400 sqft house.

Crikey :eek: I'd shoot myself before I'd spend more than a day trimming a house :laughing:

It reminds me of the bad old days. 2 guys would trim five 1500' tract houses a day. There were no recessed cans but there were a ****load of receptacles.

We had a divided bin with devices and plates that we'd carry thru the house and scatter everything close to it's position. Every device and plate was laid out in like 3 minutes.

We learned that you could strip the #14 wires two at a time (in the 14 and 12 holes). We back stabbed everything back then.

The journeyman did the switches and the grunt (me) did the receps. I hate receps. No power tools, just the wobbly screwdriver and slotted screws in the devices :jester:

Also, a lot of the rooms had no ceiling lights, just half switched receps....and no smokies. No fans either. But A LOT of receps. Did I mention how much I hate them?


1. Get on a rolling stool and put in ALL receptacles.

6. Put covers on
6 should be #2 :)
 

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[QUOTE="chicken Steve

3) it speeds up trim w/less fingerprints

~CS~[/QUOTE]

Baby powder!!! It's the easiest cure all for fingerprints. Plus it leaves you smelling like a cheap French prostitute, which livens up the conversation when you get home.
 

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6 should be #2 :)
Like I said, no particular order, but I always put on covers last. Most of the time, we put in devices weeks before the final coat of paint is on the walls. Plus if you had made a...gasp...mistake, it's one less thing to take off to correct the error of your, not ever mine, helpers mistake.
 
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