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RE: Yesterday's Comments

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You know, contractors are much smarter than engineers.  We typically have to
go to college for 4 or 5 years, take a test, spend 4 years working under
another engineer, and then take another test before we can call ourselves
engineers.  They don't even have to graduate from high school.

Tell him if he is so smart, sign and seal the drawings himself.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mitchell J. Sklar, MBA, P.E. [mailto:mitchsklar(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Monday, January 29, 2001 6:09 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Yesterday's Comments
> As a young engineer, I often find my self in a situation where the owner,
> developer, or the contractor responds with some of the following:
> "We built things this way thirty years ago, why are your designs so much
> heavier?"
> "I've never seen designs like this in all my life."
> "This 8" retaining wall has worked for thirty years and you want
> to replace
> it with a 12" wall."
> Does any one have a good tactful and polite answer?
> Thanks
> Mitchell J. Sklar, PE
> mitchsklar(--nospam--at)
> fax 413-383-1615