Tricks of the trade - we use them all the time - are proven time savers.
In the trades we develop them as a means to lessen our work load while maintaining production. Do not confuse this with the term shortcut, tricks of the trade are by no means shortcuts!
An example, using a small roller set up to paint a paneled door is a big time saver as long as you "back brush" it so it looks professionally done. What normally takes 15-20 minutes to complete is finished in less than 10 minutes. Using this technique I've doubled my production without compromising quality, a great trick of the trade that I use all the time.
Now using the same technique I decide to eliminate one step in the process and do not "back brush" my work because it will save even more time and triple production! This is a perfect example of a shortcut because the finish product has been compromised and to a somewhat trained eye this looks cheap,unprofessional and unfortunately I see it all the time.
Over the years I have learned to hone my skills in both techniques and in mechanics so when I set-up and approach a project I'm going to get maximum production at all times. In today's market, it's the only way to survive. I will be sharing these techniques with you, both the do-it-yourselfer to novice and serious professional. I hope to hear back from you.