Tricks of the Trade Column

Facility Management Guru, Kevin Folsom fields all kinds of questions from other facility managers and executives around the world. Submit your questions.



TFM Columnist Kevin Folsom

Tricks Of The Trade: Continuing Education

Tricks Columnist Kevin Folsom sorts through the various continuing education options for one operations manager. From the August 2013 issue.
TFM Columnist Kevin Folsom

Tricks Of The Trade: Sub-Carpet Discoveries

Getting a concrete subfloor cleaned up enough for reuse requires the advice of Tricks Columnist Kevin Folsom. From the August 2013 issue.
TFM Columnist Kevin Folsom

Tricks Of The Trade: High-Tech Cigarettes

To smoke or not to smoke? That is the question. How should facility managers draw the line with electronic cigarettes? Folsom examines this issue. From the July 2013 issue.
TFM Columnist Kevin Folsom

Tricks Of The Trade: Comprehensive Audits

Folsom goes through the basic steps of setting up a facility audit program and makes recommendations for a facility management professional in Dubai. From the July 2013 issue.
TFM Columnist Kevin Folsom

Tricks Of The Trade: Disaster Planning

Folsom explains why leadership is among the most important character traits a manager can exhibit when disaster strikes his or her facility. From the June 2013 issue.
TFM Columnist Kevin Folsom

Tricks Of The Trade: Quote Overload

Facility Management Expert Kevin Folsom makes helpful suggestions to professionals who need to avoid quote burnout syndrome. From the June 2013 issue.
TFM Columnist Kevin Folsom

Tricks Of The Trade: “In Or Out?”

Tricks Of The Trade Columnist Kevin Folsom revisits the age old question about outsourcing and provides some pros and cons. From the May 2013 issue.
TFM Columnist Kevin Folsom

Tricks Of The Trade: Multiple Site MRO

TFM Tricks of the Trade Columnist Kevin Folsom provides a cursory overview of the nuances of facilities maintenance. From the May 2013 issue.
TFM Columnist Kevin Folsom

Tricks Of The Trade: Temperature Complaints

Facility Management Expert Kevin Folsom talks about the age old issue of dealing with thermal complaints in the workplace. From the April 2013 issue.
TFM Columnist Kevin Folsom

Tricks Of The Trade: Credential Management

Facility Management Expert Kevin Folsom shares some career tips regarding professional designations. From the April 2013 issue.

Tricks Of The Trade: BYOD Policy Challenges

Tricks Columnist Kevin Folsom gets imaginative and invites other fms to share stories on BYOD and proprietary information issues. From the March 2013 issue of Today's Facility Manager.

Tricks Of The Trade: Hiring An Outside Facility Auditor

Tricks Columnist Kevin Folsom provides pointers on how to select an outside auditor. From the March 2013 issue of Today's Facility Manager.

Tricks Of The Trade: Facility Renewal Planning

Tricks Columnist Kevin Folsom shares some helpful advice on one of his favorite topics: facility renewal planning!

Tricks Of The Trade: Fire Door Tags

What's the easiest way to deal with missing fire door tags? How do we address it? Do we have to replace the door, or can we just replace the tag?

Tricks Of The Trade: Roof Leaks

Do you have any recommendations for flashing this HVAC unit? Is a double curb the only way to approach this situation?

Tricks Of The Trade: Overhead Lighting Changes

Is there a common practice for changing light bulbs and ballasts located above cubicle office furniture? Many of our fixtures are above cubicles in such a way that “hanging” off of a ladder becomes a dangerous proposition.

Tricks Of The Trade: Fan Belts

How often do you recommend replacing the belts in roof fans? Additionally, how often should the ventilation system be cleaned?

Tricks Of The Trade: Healthcare Housekeeping

Is there an industry standard for housekeepers and maintenance technicians per square foot of healthcare facilities?

Tricks Of The Trade: Evac Plans

Can you tell me what the general requirements or accepted practices are for locating evac plans?

Tricks Of The Trade: Demand Response

What is it like to participate in a demand response program? Should facility managers prepare for any unwanted challenges or surprises?
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