At its best, framing is a series of well thought-out and coordinated steps. Of those steps, the first one can be the most important. I’ve learned that the ability to start off a project at full speed creates momentum that carries over throughout the entire job. Conversely, one that stumbles right out of the gate eats up a lot of valuable time that you may not recover.

As a framing contractor, some of my best time spent was the time invested in preparing and organizing for the first day of a job. In this business, time is money and neither is well spent when the first day at the job finds your crew mulling about waiting for you to figure out what to do with them while you’re still trying to make sense of the...

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