or at least on Cape Cod!
By John Clark- Cape Cod Kitchen and Bath
One way to be sure you are selecting a craftsman of quality to work on your home, is to look behind the scenes. Ever seen the inside of some contractors trucks or trailers? Whew! Can be down right scary. Makes you wonder how they get anything done, never mind building a quality project. Seeing all the tools and materials piled haphazardly in their trucks, makes me question the skill and craftsmanship of certain contractors…
I will say, that I do know a very, very small number of trades people, who turn out excellent work and yet their trucks are.. umâ€¦ a wee bit messy to put it politelyâ€¦I did say a very, very small numberâ€¦
We’ve been told by tradespeople that we are very organized in regards to our tool trailers and our job sites, Yet, we’re guilty of having a messy trailer at times. Recently we spent a couple of weeks planning and then remodeling one of our primary tool trailers.
In remodeling the trailer, we had the following two goals in mind. A place for everything and everything in it’s place. Secondly, everything needed to be fully accessible in that we could retrieve something without having to move other tools, etc. out of the way.
As you can see in the pictures below, we were very successful in creating an organized tool trailer and stay that way.
The tools we use most, are located to the rear of the trailer. We purchased a new table saw and stand that we could roll out and set up in one step versus the old table saw, which required 3 steps/trips to set up. Ladders and work tables were slotted into their own locations. Power tools were set in open cubbies.
Everything is clearly labeled thanks to label machine that we hooked up to a laptop and printed as many labels as we needed. Finding hardware and supplies is a snap. We even left plenty of space for the occasional materials and lumber to store as needed.
Easy to access and easy to return was key here in keeping the trailer organized. In our last set up, we had a placed for everything but it wasn’t always the same place and often times, stuff got buried. I’m confident that this trailer will stay neat and organized consistently. On a side note, we kept this project practical, by constructing shelving and storage out of plywood rather then building furniture grade. Which would have been fun but not an effective use of our time and resources.
I borrowed a couple of tricks from the kitchen. We have a floor to ceiling double sided rack that holds assorted paints and stains, cleaning supplies and the like. This rack is mounted on lazy susan hardware allowing access to both sides. My hand tool bag, which holds my most used-hand-tools is stored on a waist height roll out tray allowing for quick and easy access to one tool or the whole tool bag.
We built a rack to hold the assorted floor protection rolls of stock that we use on every project to protect our clients homes and all of our cordless tools are set up in one section with the multiple power chargers set up to charge simply by plugging in one power cord.
All in all, it was time (95 hours) and money ($1900) well spent to remodel the trailer that will allow us to do a better more efficient job of remodeling our clients homes here on Cape Cod.
I’m sharing this with you to demonstrate that we are passionate about what we do. That we pay attention to the details that result in a better project and experience for you. Whom would you rather have working on your home? A neat, organized craftsman or a messy disorganized contractor?