Subject: Re: Field Observations - Stupid things I've seen
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 01:46:08 EDT
Talking about stupid plumbers...........
About ten years ago, we had designed an apartment building with underground
parking where the wood main beams spanned close to thirty feet. There was
plenty of height so the joists were shown to rest on the main beams. It was
anticipated that the plumbing waste lines would run between the floor joists
over the main beams and there was a special note on the plans calling for the
plumber to run the waste lines between the floor joists to a wall.
Well, I got a frantic call from the builder one afternoon and was he beside
himself. The builder was a particularly good builder and always knew what was
good construction. He immediately realized a problem had developed. He had
gone to the lumber yard to pick up some hardware. During the time he was gone
the plumber, in his ultimate stupidity decided to not read the plans and to
run the waste line through the middle of the main beams at the center of the
span of the beams.
Did this brain dead plumber drill a hole through the center. No! He took a
chain saw and cut a notch slightly deeper than the wood beam. Naturally the
builder was a little bit more than mildly concerned. He wanted to know what
I told him to order a new beam, shore the building up, remove the damaged
beams and to install the new beams and backcharge the plumber. He did just
that! However I have always wondered if the plumber learned anything at all.
I have seen many plumbers on a job with a chain saw. I have always taken the
time to inform them that if they cut any framing it will be at their risk. I
sometimes think of the safety factors in the Code and wonder why they are so
high. After all airplanes are designed with a 5-10% safety factor. But when I
think of the plumbers (Electricians and H.V.A.C.) with chain saws I can see
that quality control is lacking for our industry.