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Well Said!!
Larry Hauer S.E.

> From: chrisw(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Re: footings look too big
> Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2007 10:14:10 -0600
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Haan, Scott M POA wrote:
> > What would you say to a guy who says your footings look too big?
> I don't do footings but the same thing happens with machinery and
> weldments. Make sure that clever but dismissive response doesn't come
> back to bite you in the ass. A polite answer and maybe a brief, non-
> patronizing explanation, if you know one, along with some thanks for
> showing interest may get you a friend in the shop. An extra pair of
> eyes can get you out of trouble and be a go-to guy for fab-related
> issues. OTOH, a reputation as a know-it-all horse's ass, could leave
> you wondering why no one bothered to mention an obvious mistake
> before it made you look like an idiot.
> It doesn't cost anything to treat shop workers with respect, even if
> they're not big-shot engineers and even if they really don't know
> what they're talking about. I was lucky enough to get nagged to death
> by a couple of guys at different shops who really ended up giving me
> a pretty fine practical education. I thought they were intentionally
> driving me nuts but I learned to field questions effectively and I
> learned enough shop practice to make me a better designer. Best of
> all, working together rather than as competitors made my job and
> theirs a lot easier, and one guy in particular bailed me out of some
> real situations.
> The example here (like 'Uncle' John Sedgwick's reply to the soldiers
> ducking at rifle fire) is the construction of the first Hyatt skywalk
> in Kansas City. Workers who complained that they seemed too bouncy
> were told to keep off if they didn't like them. Too bad no one listened.
> Christopher Wright P.E. |"They couldn't hit an elephant at
> chrisw(--nospam--at) | this distance" (last words of Gen.
> .......................................| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania
> 1864)
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