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Re: 3-10% error in nail tables

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It's a sad commentary on our society when we stop doing what is right and
start trying to second guess what some idiot might question.  On second
thought, if we are overly conservative in our design, who cares?  It's not
our money that we are spending, just our clients.
Randy Vogelgesang S.E.


At 12:44 PM 8/6/97 -0700, you wrote:
>BVeit(--nospam--at)aol.com wrote:
>
>> ...
>> Does anyone really believe that our design is so
>> tight that if the nails were
>> only 90% of what we thought they were, the
>> design would fail?
>> ...
>
>But if the window installer highers a new kid and
>does not supervise him properly, and the kid does
>a poor job installing windows in the apartment
>complex you designed, and some tenents complain
>about drafty rooms and leaky window frames, and
>then the aparment owners hire a lawyer, the lawyer
>hires an "expert", and the expert notes that you
>used the uncorrected allowable load, and then you
>get sued for negligence in you design.  Now you
>hire a lawyer. $10,000 later you finally manage to
>get yourself dropped from the suit, but the one of
>the subs (who hasn't been dropped yet) files a
>cross complaint against you, and you get dragged
>back in...
>
>
>There is talk about defensive medicine.  Perhaps
>some engineers pratice a sort of defensive
>engineering?  Some times there are good
>engineering reasons to design extra
>conservatively, sometime there are good legal
>reasons to err on the conservative side.
>
>
>Stan Johnson
>BS, EIT, Wow!  I'm not even a full fledged
>engineer yet and I'm already getting cynical!
>>:-\