Well, As I sit in my air conditioned office, I am already dreading that hot job site that awaits us!
We have moved out from the shop in the past few weeks and are on two sites that involve custom Trim work and built-ins. The problem is…IT IS HOT…and only June! The area we live in is normally very uncomfortably hot, but it has started early this year.
Currently we are working on a large home on one of the resort islands. It doesn’t have the air working as of now. What we have found best for me and the team is earlier morning starts and plenty of water on site.
Working on ladders and up and down many stairs causes much sweating! It is important in these conditions to not overwork and keep lots of Gadorade and water in your system. This is the time of year that I encourage our team to take several 5-10 min breaks to not overdue it on their bodies.
I have found over the years that this helps with keeping sharp on details and avoiding sloppy work.
Also, we keep as much breeze running through the house as possible with a couple of the big electric box fans going. A little noisy, maybe, but there is always plenty of “hot” air to go around.
In short, I don’t even mind cutting the day a little short to keep the project from suffering from fatigue mistakes.
Don’ push yourself or your team to the point of sacrificing your quality. Your health and health of your team is much more important. In the long run, this will help with your attitude and the teams attitude to each other.
Stay cool everyone!
-- Randon Riegsecker, crosscutservices.com