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It’s been said you can’t beat experience. But does experience beat you? It’s great to have standard practices based on years of experience, but don’t let that experience be a substitute for actively looking for more efficient ways of doing things.
An apprentice electrician was having problems making correct openings in drywall. The mistakes weren’t major, but the holes usually required several minutes of “touch up” work to make them usable. The Journeyman encouraged him to keep working at it, and he’d eventually become proficient and efficient.
The method involved using a ruler to measure and mark the drywall, then cut the opening. It did take time to develop the skill to do this quickly and correctly. The apprentice began thinking it sure would be nice to have a cutout template that eliminated all that tricky measuring.
He asked his company’s electrical distributor if such a thing existed, and sure enough they were able to supply that. Using this tool, the apprentice was able to more quickly and accurately make cutouts than the more experienced Journeyman. It eliminated several steps. It also vastly reduced the chances of error and thus the time-consuming “touch up” work.
Another shop had always had materials delivered directly to the job site. This makes sense, but not in all cases. A new project manager was running a job that involved installing quite a few motors. He noticed that electricians were building the control boxes in the field, where conditions were less than optimal.
His solution was to put the motor starters, enclosures, etc., on their own order and have that order delivered to the shop where a lower-paid specialist could do the same work in half the time.
Source: Mark Lamendola | Mindconnection