Highs and Lows
I doubt I’m alone in this experience—you’ve just had a success of some sort and you’re feeling good about it . . . so something else goes wrong. After every high, a low will follow. The universe may be trying to keep things in balance, but it would be nice to be able to...
Measure and Pay for Performance
A funny thing happened after Toll Brothers erected this “Board Foot Display” in their wall panel plant. Toll workers didn’t complain. In fact, they actually asked for digital readouts at their individual work stations. Hats off to Keith Fell, Toll’s Director of...
"If you're building walls, you have to check this out, mate!”
Have you have taken the time to consider some of the most innovative machinery for building walls on the market today? The Spida wall extruder is not just a machine, it is a shift in the way we think about how walls are prefabricated in the industry.
The production line has been around for a...
Wages and Productivity
For many companies, properly staffing and retaining employees to meet their needs is a never-ending struggle. Let’s summarize what human resources gurus require years of training to understand and disseminate it to the masses for better results.
Let us start by understanding some basic...
How Many Times Can You Press in a Truss Plate?
The answer might surprise you.
During the course of fabricating trusses, on occasion a plate is not completely pressed. As the truss comes out of the finish roller or hydraulic press, the plate sometimes does not get pressed all the way. Sometimes the plate is missed or removed and up plated....
Improve Your Motion and Waiting
Part 6 in our TIMWOODS series
Clearly, there are many different ways that people waste time, money, and resources, but throughout our series my objective is providing new ways for you to think about the opportunities in your operation. In previous articles, we’ve talked about the wastes...
Priority Issues During August Recess
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to cut this year’s August recess short by two weeks, but federal lawmakers will still be using part of August to visit constituents at home. The American Wood Council encourages you to use this opportunity to schedule a meeting with members of...
Lumber Buying is Fun, But It Is No Joke
Back in the day, when the lumber brokerage firm I worked for would not hesitate to take a 500 car position half a dozen times a year, I had this brilliant idea. I approached my four best customers, two wood preservers and two truss manufacturers, with a plan. Rather than profiting from my risk...
All Things Wood:
Evaluating an Existing Residential Deck
Since 2003, deck researchers and representatives of the code community have worked to improve and expand the deck provisions in the International Residential Code (IRC). I believe the deck-related provisions of the 2015 IRC, coupled with best practices in the American Wood Council DCA6-2012,...
To most of us, the term “turn signal” means the directional indicator you use when changing lanes in traffic or turning. Beyond it being courteous and prudent, using them is the law. Ignore the need to use your turn signals at your own peril—you may get blind sided.