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Old 08-12-2008, 01:11 AM   #1
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Any "big time" spray guys out there who run more than one spray rig with multiple crews? How do you you set up the crew on an avarage day? Do you just send a truck out with 3 guys and a spray rig to sand, mask and texture? Or do you just do a spray guy and a helper that mask and texture while and let the tapers do all the sanding? Right now I have multiple crews that I let sand and mask, then I show up and spray, then leave them there to clean up while I move to another spray job... It works but I have to be good at scheduling and guessing which crew will finish sanding and masking where first!

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Old 07-01-2009, 08:08 PM   #2
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Never hear of a spray crew that has to show up and sand.. 1 guy masking, 1 spraying.
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Never hear of a spray crew that has to show up and sand.. 1 guy masking, 1 spraying.
yea, this is how i generally run my crew.

sounds like you have what we would call one of those 'good problems' though. haha.

overall, find an experienced spray-man......and a laborer to help him.

now, what i mean by 'laborer' is someone that is min. wage at your company.....meaning, its not a skilled position by any means. The main duties of this laborer will be to navigate the slack on the spray hose behind the sprayman, masking, sanding, and scraping floors -- that's it.

depending on the size of the house of course, i use generally a 2-man crew like this on all my production.

when not spraying, my sprayman is of course helping out masking and sanding.

the sprayman should be somewhat mechanically inclined and familiar with how the spray rig WORKS........because this will surely go out on him on a jobsite -- period. he'll basically have to be able to diagnose any problem the spray rig will have.

if you send two idiots to spray a job 50 miles away who dont know sh-t about the spray rig, that makes you the third idiot.
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Some claim spraying is a one-man operation. That's usually some guy to greedy to pay a helper and willing to spend most of a day on the average house. Our spray set-up was same as Custom's during the boom. Now the lead taper sprays, his help preps, I mix and monitor the rig and see that all excess materials get loaded up and that the work meets my standards. Taping crew sands their own work these days. Will never again pay a sanding crew a few cents to ruin a stellar finishing job. By-the-foot sanders have become pretty rare in these parts.
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man you guy's have sanding crew's wish i could get my hands on some crew's that'll sub mine out can't imagine someone actually waking up every morning and sanding for a living.
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Used a crew for many years and had pretty good results during the boom. They could sand 3-5 houses per day. Think there was 5 or 6 on the crew and they could sand an 11K Cal. split in less than 2 hours. Problem was when they burnt the corners and had to remud. Had another crew run by a lady who used headlamps to sand by and her work was awesome.
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Taping crew sands their own work these days. Will never again pay a sanding crew a few cents to ruin a stellar finishing job. By-the-foot sanders have become pretty rare in these parts.
Hahhah, yea.....by the foot sanders are rare now.

not really 'rare', but just doesnt make sense if you do not have volume/production going on.

like you said in the post above me, when we were doing tract homes, id have a sanding crew of 2-3 guys practically came out all day in a 100 home subdivision and sand maybe 5 tract houses per day.

THEN, it worked out good........now, no way possible.

and just like you said Darren, now my finishers are responsible for sanding their own work....plus we've also found they are definitely more keen and adept at sanding their OWN work......as in, they are sanding from a more intelligent perspective......not a sanding crew that, like u said, burns the fkkn corners and destroys the finishing work hah
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I found a solution I quit texturing. I am now a full time estimator for my Dad's drywall company. Granted the money isn't as good and it's a 9-5+ job, but in today's economy I won't complain.
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sell out!
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we usually sub out this kind of work.
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