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RE: Non-structural component callouts

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A good guideline of what you should call off is by what specs you write. Sometimes there are however disagreements.
I think this should be clarified in your proposal to the Architect.
I think a good rule is if it is important to the integrity of your design then call it off, even though the details of it may be in the spec or on other drawings. II usually show drain tile or weep holes and granular backfill since it is important to the structural integrity of how I designed a retaining or basement wall. For a slab on grade,
I usually call off the slab thickness, reinforcing, vapor (barrier) retarder and granular base.
Jim K.
 -----Original Message-----
From: Jim Wilson [mailto:wilsonengineers(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, June 24, 2004 12:43 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Non-structural component callouts

I am thinking of Cliff's question about legalities of "missed" items in the plans when I ask this:
When it comes to specifying cross-specialty items such as soil preparation, stone grading, concrete waterproofing, etc, who is ultimately responsible for these items?
Just because we have a foundation wall or a ground-bearing slab on our plans, is it always our responsibility to accurately specify the waterproofing membrane, the wall drains, and the type of stone under the footings?  And if we don't do it, are we the ones to be held responsible?
Does the architect assume any responsibility for reviewing these items?  Does an active owner have any responsibility?
Jim Wilson, PE
Stroudsburg, PA

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