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Nope...a planter for about 10 feet.  IMO, he screwed up. But as I've
chronicled here on a few other occasions, the city we are working in is a
stickler for the drawings matching the field.  Getting the drawings changed,
printed and re-stamped for the City was more trouble and delay than the
rebar cost.

In a larger context however, typos and other errors do occur, so getting
instantly snippy about a remark like "the footing looks too big" isn't
always wise. We're all human. Sometimes we peons in the field actually do
have a feel for this stuff that is borne out.

Another example.  I had a drawing where a dimension line fell directly over
the callout for a header so that the "1" of 4x14 was obscured.  I walk onto
the jobsite, (I'm the architect, not contractor on this one), look at a 4x4
holding up a kingpost to a ridge beam spanning a living room and instantly
know something is wrong...In this case, just a serendipitous drafting error
nobody noticed because on the monitor the colors differentiated and you
could see the "1" better than on the monochrome print.

Stuff happens.  

-DB

-----Original Message-----
From: Neil Moore [mailto:nma(--nospam--at)omsoft.com] 
Sent: Friday, November 02, 2007 7:36 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: RE: footings look too big

But you are sure he wasn't parking a H-20 truck on the level backfill.


Neil Moore, SE, SECB



At 06:00 PM 11/2/2007, you wrote:
>I actually have built a few things that, calc or no calc, SE license or no
>"looked" too large and whether they were or not, might get a serious
>professional of ask the question.  This is actually the way it was on the
>drawings, and I built it exactly the way he detailed it, but we were
>scratching our heads the whole time.
>
>4'-0" max. high retaining wall with level dirt behind it. Moderately
>expansive soil. He used  8" CMU w/ cont. inspection, 2000PSI grout, with #6
>rebar @ 8" o.c. vert. #4 @ 24" horiz.
>
>Now, wouldn't you be prone to ask about the vertical rebar?  I bit my
>tongue, but I sure thought it seemed a bit fat.
>
>--DB
>
>Good luck to you Scott.
>
>David A. Topete, SE
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Haan, Scott M POA [mailto:Scott.M.Haan(--nospam--at)poa02.usace.army.mil]
>Sent: Friday, November 02, 2007 4:34 PM
>To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
>Subject: footings look too big
>
>What would you say to a guy who says your footings look too big?
>
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