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August 24, 2016
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From Window & Door Magazine
Potential Impacts of the New Overtime Rule

Though numbers suggest it is a great time to be in the construction business, soaring regulatory burdens—the costs of which can price out renters and prospective homebuyers—present formidable challenges. The latest is the Department of Labor’s move to redefine overtime. Read More

 
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The Talk

By Jim Snyder, WindowJim

In the age of takeoff apps and software, has the industry completely gone digital? When we ultimately place our fenestration order online, we are forced into a digital format, entering numerous details prompted by the manufacturer. Yet the field takeoff may be done with an electronic tablet or a pad of paper. 

Is digital now easier than analog and does it better assist in accuracy? Or, is it true that handwriting is less prone to transcribing errors? 

An argument could be made for either method. Transposing numbers, sloppy handwriting, checking the wrong box (hard copy or electronic) and certain job-specific details that aren’t prompted by software are all opportunities for mistakes. 

In either case, an accurate takeoff requires concentration, especially as you toggle back and forth from your tape measure to your recording device – whether a tablet or pad of paper. 

Frequently too, you may be distracted by your client, answering their questions as you meander through the home. On one occasion, I had a slightly too-helpful client pick up my tape measure so she could call out measurements for me. I thanked her with a smile as I quickly reclaimed my tape.

Regardless of your method of recording measurements (and other content), avoiding errors is key. I suspect your takeoff method is largely a matter of personal preference. But which works best for you? Weigh in on this week’s poll and post a comment to tell us why.

Is your field takeoff method now digital or still analog?
Iím still old-school and prefer writing on a legal pad or takeoff sheet.
Digital is the only way to go.
Straddling both worlds.

Will you attend GlassBuild America, Window & Door Dealer Days or any other tradeshows this year?
Over half of the respondents to last week's poll say yes, they do plan to attend tradeshows this year. Read the Full Results

 
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