Eight-Hour Kitchen Remodel

The author thought out every step of the process of renovating 50 kitchens in a multi-unit seniors housing facility and provided his crew with every possible time-saving measure; labor-saving was the key to turning a profit on this tightly managed government project. Here the cabinet installers are working with a cabinet lift, which enabled them to preassemble banks of wall cabinets in a staging area, then wheel them into the kitchen and fasten them in place in a single step.

An unoccupied apartment was converted into the project's field office, with a workshop in the bedroom.

A desk and storage shelves for project supplies were set up the living room.

To work more efficiently, the crew used compact job carts customized for specific tasks, including a modified Sears service cart for demo, patching, and painting.

They set up a dedicated "cabinet installation wagon" that was compact enough to fit into an elevator.

The cabinet wagon had a full-extension drawer containing a half-dozen cordless tools and their chargers and accessories. A number of drill/drivers were set up with different bits to save the time that would otherwise be spent in changing bits for different installation tasks.

With a capacity of about 120 boxed cabinets, two storage containers weren't enough to hold all of the upper and lower cabinets needed for 50 kitchens; they had to be restocked every other week.

A third container was used to stockpile recyclables.

Anything that couldn't be reused was thrown into the author's dump trailer and towed away to a local transfer station.

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