I love those “why does it have to be that way?” moments.
You know the ones I’m talking about ~ the revolutionary moments. Sometimes they’re huge, like the Wright Brothers pioneering air travel.
“If man was meant to fly, we’d have been given wings.” Oh yeah? Why does it have to be that way? Sometimes we get so used to accepting the way things are that we forget to ask that useful, practical question.
What brings this to mind is our new installation guidelines manual for our air and water barrier products. We’ve seen those typical manuals — you know, the ones with the complicated pen and ink diagrams.
But we realized that for a sweaty installer on a hot job site, complicated line drawings might not be so good. And it might not be that great for time-challenged building envelope consultants, laboring to translate complex guidelines into specifications that reflect design intent.
Complicated guidelines? Why does it have to be that way? That does not aid constructability. As the Wikipedia definition states, Constructability is in part a reflection of the quality of the design documents, that is, if the design documents are difficult to understand and interpret, the project will be difficult to build.
So we approached our own installation guidelines with the idea of making them clear and simple for everyone. That includes having photos of the application so you can see what the application is supposed to look like. We also included a simple step-by step narrative with each detail.
In hindsight, it seems obvious that typical details could be more helpful. But it really wasn’t until we asked the question “Why does it have to be that way?” And the answer was, like it always is — “it doesn’t have to be that way.”
So we made those guidelines simpler, easier and more practical. Here’s the official press release:
New manual makes air barrier installation guidelines clear and easy
In a departure from similar manuals, PROSOCO’s new installation guidelines manual uses step-by-step color photographs, graphics and narrative to simply and clearly show installation procedures for R-GUARD air and waterproof/water-resistive barriers.
“Most installation guideline manuals show only black and white line drawings of construction details,” said Paul Grahovac, PROSOCO R-GUARD product group manager. “It can be hard to translate all those lines into a clear idea of how products are installed at the job site.
“Photos, graphics and simple instructions make these the industry’s simplest, clearest installation guidelines – by far,” he said.
The 43-page, 8½ x 11 booklet illustrates 20 of the most common conditions encountered in construction, and how to apply the appropriate R-GUARD products to them.
Each page and facing page offers large, color schematics, clearly and cleanly labeled. There’s a brief description of how to apply the products and a series of photographs showing step by step how the products go on.
Download a free electronic edition of PROSOCO R-GUARD Installation Guidelines at www.prosoco.com. For your free print copy, call Technical Customer Care toll-free at 800-255-4255, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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