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Old 04-14-2011, 07:01 PM   #1
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I am a bit "on the fly" on my approach to pretty much anything I do. Today I was doing a ceiling and put together a new series of steps, or deviated from what I might normally do.. to do it all new. I go through periods of time where I do this. Maybe it is an internal mental thing that keeps me on my toes.. not sure why I do this occasionally, but I do.

Sometimes I learn why I haven't used that particular "step" before, or why I haven't approached a similar situation that way before.. I usually end up learning something and can figure out how to use it or find I can put that and something else together and get a better system together.

LOL You guys do this?
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Old 04-14-2011, 07:13 PM   #2
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I think it's important to break out of the comfort zone. Maybe even scare yourself a little. Painting and finish work are like other subjective disciplines with broad skill sets, where you master one category within the discipline and make procedural connections with other categories. I look for quality and production innovations and sometimes it doesn't take much of a tweak to see a good gain.



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Whatever you gotta do to keep sloppin' paint over your head exciting...

I spray ceilings whenever possible; i'm getting old enough to not feel like I have to prove how strong I am. Now I just want to prove to myself how fast I can not have to look up anymore.

Here's to overspray in your eye...
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I usually get a coffee roll with my morning coffee but every once in a while I'll get a muffin.
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I usually get a coffee roll with my morning coffee but every once in a while I'll get a muffin.


I've been known to change things up every once in a while, even try something new, but I never wanted to be a deviate.
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soon enough, Chris, that muffin will be bran, by necessity.

mmmmm, coffee and a bran muffin - keeps you regular, or as Dunkin says - keeps you on the run.



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One day I will roll up with a tray and my guys will be like WTF. "Just keeping it fun, guys"
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Once i get a handle on normal I'll get back to ya..
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tough crowd

Just trying to throw a thought out there to see what it would spark.. LOL

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If by "deviate from the norm" you mean never do the same thing the exact same way twice, then yeah.

I strive for consistency in my "systems" (thanks JP ) and find it that efficiency and quality often go hand in hand, but still there are little variations from job to job, my mindset that day, etc. But it is good to get out of your ruts every now and then.
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/\ yeah that is kinda what I was meaning, that I will take something and put different pieces of the puzzle together. Like I have a bag of knowns.. and I add different knows together in an unknown way. Some of the knowns do not work well with others, but some REALLY do.. and you can turn that set of knowns into work next time.. or whatever.. just know how it turns out so you can pull that series of knowns back out if you need to if that certain situation comes up again.

Guess it is just research and development.
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I am a bit "on the fly" on my approach to pretty much anything I do. Today I was doing a ceiling and put together a new series of steps, or deviated from what I might normally do.. to do it all new. I go through periods of time where I do this. Maybe it is an internal mental thing that keeps me on my toes.. not sure why I do this occasionally, but I do.

Sometimes I learn why I haven't used that particular "step" before, or why I haven't approached a similar situation that way before.. I usually end up learning something and can figure out how to use it or find I can put that and something else together and get a better system together.

LOL You guys do this?
Of course it's GOOD to switch it up. Our way can only be the best way until we find a BETTER way!
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oh ya thats my common practise it happens to me all the time.. its just i call them mistkes F%^K.. no seriously F$%K

actually today i was through trying to further my studious career ( can you call it a career)(( you can if you want to man up bway))
i hear voices... Point being I had to cut in the ceiling. walls already finished. damn my neck hurts. that recipe didn't work..

When you reach home and get a moment they all end up getting chalked up to learning exp. then learn this emotion and that emotion maybe couldv'e been held off.
I suppose I do in the quest to be perfect maybe a bit diff from nEighter

once i tried something new ..it was a real hot day
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I learned from a guy who, while very successful, was also very old school. I did things his way for a while with my first business, but lately I have been constantly looking for new products and methods that will increase my quality, speed, and profitability, while keeping my customer's price down. That's actually what led me to this site! I love trying new things, and I can see the benefits to my business already. speaking of new things, does anyone use drywall stilts for cutting in ceilings? I don't have a set yet, but I'm thinking about it. Maybe I should start another thread...
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