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- Subject: Re: WOOD - Stud Wall Splice
- From: Parkerres(--nospam--at)aol.com
- Date: Mon, 2 Feb 1998 10:36:32 EST
Mel - In a message dated 98-01-30 11:17:23 EST, you write: << On another note. This type of thing seems to be a problem in our profession. The contractor makes a "mistake" and the engineer bails him out, a lot of the time without adequate compensation when the disruption to the office and risk factors are concerned. There are mistakes made in the course of construction. Leaving out one or two anchor bolts for hold downs is a mistake. Leaving out all of the anchors then having the engineer bail them out is something else. This "mistake" falls into the same catagory. The contractor didn't make a mistake -- he ignored the plans. I think we sometimes make it too easy for the contractor to ignor the plans. The next time a contractor calls you at 4:30 on Friday and says "(insert your name here) WE have a problem and YOU just have to help me". Ask yourself (and the contractor) two questions: What do you mean we? and Why? >> I think we have to be very careful about an "us" vs. "them" approach with the contractors. First of all, noone's plans are perfect or detailed 100%. We all rely on the contractor to interpret the plans and build accordingly. Certainly there will be occassions where the contractor screws up and needs to rebuild things, but I think it is hasty to answer all construction screw ups with "build it per plan". Look at the other side. What if you forget to add an anchor bolt to your plan? Should the contractor omit it and then make you pay for it during construction as a retrofit? This would drive us all out of business in about 2 weeks. All I'm saying is that we, that is the engineer, the contractor, and the architect and the owner for that matter, all have a vested interested in having the best building built that is possible. When a good building is built, everyone wins. If there are problems with the building, everyone loses, regardless of who's fault it is. If we lose sight of the common goal of a good building, and start blaming others we are sure to create a worse end product. I apologize for the somewhat high and mighty tone this note has taken, but I think you get my point, and I don't have the time and energy to rework it right now. Bruce Resnick, SE Parker Resnick Str. Eng.
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