Measure Twice – Cut Once

What’s your track record for efficiency when you tackle a project?

How much thought and preparation do you invest, so as to be able to maximize your resources of Time, Energy, Money, and materials?

Do you “Re-create the wheel” with every “Do-It-Yourself” adventure?

How many times do you have to return to Lowes for unanticipated missing tools and/or parts?

Below is decent method from conception to completion with satisfying efficiency.

You can apply this method for ANY project large or small – Even building a skyscraper!

Here’s the bad news – It’s gonna require commitment and discipline . . . no “winging it”.

“They” say that installing LVP is easy.

LVP is Luxury Vinyl Plank Waterproof flooring, and “They” are being truthful as long as you:

  • are able to find a source for materials with a good selection to buy the stuff at a reasonable price. If you’re in Middle TN, I’ll save you some angst . . . Just go to https://www.flooranddecor.com/ in Hickory Hollow. (I opted for NUCORE planks which already have a cork underlayment at a cost of $2.50/SF) I’m sure they are also in other markets. Amazing Inventory and great folks.
  • Carefully measure ALL areas you intend to cover including closets and under appliances . . . Add up the square footage and multiply it by 1.10 – At least 10% more than you think you need. Once you have that number calculated . . . Take a break. Do some other chores, and then do the measurements again. Invariably, you’ll discover an area you missed or a miscalculation. If you then find yourself with 2 different numbers . . . measure it all a 3rd time . . . Rinse Lather Repeat until you get the same number twice – AND have a vehicle with enough capacity to get the stuff home. That was easy for my F150 – The pallet loaded right into the bed
  • Do some diligence around the “accessories” and tools you’ll need to finish the installation nicely (Baseboards – 1/4 round – Transition strips for thresholds – rubber mallet – tape measure – Carpenter’s square – Pliers – Jigsaw – broom – vacuum – and in my case 5, gallons of Kilz)
  • “Stage” your materials in the rooms you are installing. This stuff comes in 4’x6″x4″ boxes and each box covers @ 28 SF
  • Assess the furniture situation – Working space. How/where will you move the furniture? I chose to do one room at a time and found that I could move the furniture to one side of the room while laying the other – Then moved the furniture on the new. Upon completion of the installation, I rearranged the furniture and took out the “trash” (All the stuff I realized is functional obsolete for my life).
  • Prepare the space! Build in time to deal with SURPRISES! This could mean anything from removing carpets, old vinyl, underlayment and is sure to present you some surprises. In my case, I discovered that 2/3 of the floors were covered with no fewer than 3 layers of vinyl GLUED to the sub-floor. I then discovered that there were some places with different subfloor thickness along with a significant water leak emanating from the bathroom shower and passing under the tile floor and under the vinyl thereby presenting a presence of significant mold. I sealed the source of the leak and gave it a couple weeks to fully dry out and then decided to clean and paint ALL of the exposed subfloor with Kilz to eliminate any other foul odors.
  • READ the DIRECTIONS (Plans and specifications) – Study them and get the project right beginning with the proper placement of the 1st plank carefully observing the 1/4″ gap at the wall. As you go, be sure to measure every cut TWICE being sure to have the correct orientation.
  • DO!
  • COMPLETE!
  • RELAX

Easy-peasey Right?

You’re welcome!

It all begins with commitment . . .

As we tumble through life, we make myriad decisions every minute of every day.

Will it be THIS or THAT or neither?

It sounds like a good idea, but is now the right time for this?

If I/we decide to do it, what are the potential repercussions (positive, neutral, or negative)

Are the “right people” here with us?

What about FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) . . . If we do this, what is the “opportunity cost”? . . . What are we choosing NOT to do with this time, energy, and money?

Are we being intentional, or haphazardly “going with the flow”?

Are we asking questions (of self and others) . . . tough questions like: “What can go wrong?” and “What if we FAIL?”

Seth Godin’s post this morning speaks to this:

The Magic of the Countdown

Thea von Harbou invented the countdown. 10, 9, 8…

It works.

It focuses the attention of everyone involved and ensures that we’re truly alert for what’s going to happen next.

It helps that the numbers go down, not up (because up might never end). And it helps that as we get closer to lift-off, tension goes up, not down.

But what really matters is this: There’s a commitment.

When we get to zero, we’re actually going to do this.

The commitment has to happen before the countdown can.

Assuming all of the above is valid . . .

Is what you are doing in your wheelhouse?

If not . . . Why are you doing it?

Know your niche, and do that – Delegate the rest.

Before you know it, you’ll find yourself more happily committed to your work

#NashvilleProud Dodged 2 Bullets Last night

Today, I am especially proud of my Home Town Nashville, TN

Truthfully, I was expecting mayhem following the Scheduled “Teen Peaceful Protest” to begin @ June 4, 2020 @ 4 PM at the Bicentennial Capital Mall and to serpentine through the city with an 8:40 moment of silence at the National Museum of African American Music to Honor George Floyd and other black victims of Police brutality.

More than 10,000 people showed up.

These people were Nashvillians exhibiting who we are . . . DEMANDING Equal Social Justice . . . peacefully and led by our youth. The crowd consisted of every shade of color and ethnicity and beliefs and perspectives and ages.

It seems that we adults need to learn from our teens – They did this right.

View the Videos at this link – ESPECIALLY the Time Lapse – AMAZING

While I did not physically participate, I did watch on Channel 2 from start to finish and WOW! 
Literally tears in eyes the whole time – Proud of our young people, all the fine Nashvillians who participated, and our Police.
I see it as a “God Thing” that the “closing of the March” was punctuated by the skies opening up with torrential rain followed by brilliant SUN.
For hours beyond, there was a “Storm system” which began as “nothing to worry about” and developed into a straight-line storm which contained . . . TORNADOES!
Luckily, we were spared destruction by Humans and Nature.
Yesterday was a day I will not forget.
Humbling . . . 
Wishing you a fabulous Weekend!
b

#NASHVILLESTRONGER

Every day, I send a love letter to my team

Realtors inherently crave human to human connection.

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, I knew that isolation (quarantine) would be excruciating for our team of active Real Estate Sales Professionals. I wondered what I could do to take the edge off during this time of quiet solitude.

After some contemplation, I arrived at the conclusion that any form of daily contact would be the right salve.

For the past 10 weeks, I have sent everyone on our team an email early morning for them to see 1st thing,

Today’s message is :

“Just sayin’ . . . Y’all are doing some great stuff out there as you help Buyers and Sellers navigate their life changes.
I was thankful to see Pottery Barn unscathed this morning after being wary of their decision to cover all of the glass with plywood yesterday.
Meanwhile, the violence continues in many other cities.
Yet another “distraction” that has potential to have us all slightly off balance.
Remember this as you go through your days. When people get anxious and angry over things that seem insignificant, consider the impact each and everyone of us is experiencing.
Let’s adopt more of a “benefit of doubt” and be sensitive to others’ tension.
Don’t react . . . Take a deep breath and respond.”……

Robert Schwartz offered this amazing response:

“Barry’s words remind me of the Prayer of St. Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:

where there is hatred, let me sow love

where there is injury, pardon

where there is doubt, faith

where there is despair, hope

where there is darkness, light

where there is sadness, joy

O divine Master, grant that:

I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console

to be understood as to understand

to be loved as to love

for it is in giving that we receive

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.

THIS is the engagement that invites mutual support and higher levels of productivity.

Wishing you a smooth Tuesday! 
b
Let’s GO!

What’s your outlook for June 2020?


Let’s resolve to turn a page starting TODAY, the first day of a freshly minted month (June).
This month has SO much potential in terms of creating new opportunities  from the myriad possibilities all around us.
Accept all that has been happening the past several months and think about how we can co-create a better world incorporating our new ways of being useful.
My mind is spinning as I think back a few days (way back in May) of the roller coaster ride we are all experiencing – Tornadoes and Derechos and disease and civil discord and destruction natural and man created . . . yet there are other amazing things happening – SpaceX happened without complication . . . I was without cell access for 48 hours, and my world didn’t stop.
Yeah!
The way through all of these challenges is a commitment to living the mantra of “better than before” in everything we do.
Resolve to be intentional about improving our work – our relationships – our self worth – our personal and collective well-being.
And pay attention (Honor) others’ fears as each of us does our best.
I feed my soul with “imagining possibilities” . . . Possibilities that serve myself and others.
Let’s all resolve to amplify whatever it is we are doing to be better than before.
This is NOT the time to cower or struggle or fight.
This IS the right time to follow your passion
b
Let’s GO!Barry Owen
CEO/Principal Broker
Pareto Realty, LLC \pə-ˈrā-(ˌ)tō\