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  1. George's comments about the contract remind me of a few moments we've had on this project. There's a semi-hostile design team on this project using submittal review to change the project scope. Submittals are cut-sheets, shop drawings, and product samples that subcontractors are contractually required to submit to the design team for approval. Back in the day, this process was intended to be a quality control measure. The specifications are part of our contract, and the specs say you're not allowed to progress with any portion of the work requiring a submittal without receiving a "no exce
  2. First off, the title is from an excellent book by John Kennedy Toole. Anyone who's read it will quickly pick up on why the title fits my story. So we have a project where we're finishing out two floors of a high end office building. Several of the other floors are completely finished, however the tenant is not occupying them. This building has an attached parking garage which is completely empty. Building management provided some parking passes to the contractors so the workers don't have to walk blocks from the nearest parking lot. Our passes only apply to parking stalls in the
  3. Steve, I saw something online yesterday that I though you might consider. "Putting a watermelon on someone's doorway at night is an inexpensive way to occupy a portion of their mind forever".
  4. While I suppose it's possible that the original poster has a power hammer, I figured the lack of a decent hand hammer, and anvil for working on salvaged materials suggested that we were helping an individual without power driven forging capacity.
  5. When I was growing up in Michigan, we'd shovel the driveway into our yard, then a few days later when the plow finally came down our street, they pushed up a wall of snow that blocked the driveways and buried the mailboxes. Same thing happened in the fall, just with leaves instead of snow. I remember the postman following the plows. I'd be digging through a 3' tall wall of snow and he'd threaten to withhold my mail because I hadn't dug out the postbox yet! Mind you, he was in a mail truck, and he could actually reach the mailbox door from where he sat.
  6. Andrew C, When I started, I spent a lot of time and fuel trying to take unsuitable parent stock to my needed dimensions. Those brute force exercises were typically conducted during these narrow windows of opportunities for me to get out and do some blacksmithing. By the time the metal was close to dimension, I was tired, frustrated, and prone to making mistakes. I burned a lot of stuff in half because I was trying to finish the project just before I ran out of daylight. I also gave myself tennis elbow which even after very expensive corrective surgery and a year + of physical
  7. I'm showing my age here, but when I was a kid, I used to watch a nature documentary where a coyote ordered up a fresh set of Acme magnets when he was trying to outsmart the roadrunner. You'd probably make the codgers giggle at your next meet up if you painted all but the tips red and added the Acme logo.
  8. Angiolino, I'm not sure this is a good idea as it may make a good tool, into a dangerous tool.
  9. I recently discovered that welders have a variant of the long wire brush where all the bristles are drilled to form a Vee shape so that all the bristle tips fit over a welded bead, or a prepped chamfer. I haven't picked one up, but it seems like it'd be handy for tight spots with stubborn scale.
  10. Steven, Thank you for sharing your point of view. I admire your commitment to your career. As it happens, I have tried to "fix" my corner of the world by writing a blog to teach people about my area of expertise. I truly hope that you continue your good work. George, The expression "you get what you pay for" is one that you've repeated a couple of times. Gosh, I wish I could pick up some hamburger, pay the clerk $100 and leave with Wagu beef. Don't get me wrong, I understand that you're trying to make the counter argument that we can't expect Wagu for hamburger prices. My
  11. Goods, your generosity speaks to your character, I really appreciate people like yourself who have helped us with homeschooling. George, I respect your point of view, and freely accept that it's in line with the majority, which is why we homeschool. When you mention that it's a mix of good and bad, I think you're absolutely correct. The majority are somewhere between incompetent and doing actual harm, the minority, are compensating to the best of their ability. None of these teachers are getting fired for incompetency, which likely suggests that all attrition is due to goo
  12. Incorrect, I wrote that less than half are proficient. The majority are not. While I appreciate the positive spin on things, I think the standard distribution bell curve would apply to population intelligence as well. That would suggest that 66% are within one standard deviation of average intelligence, with 16.5% being low outliers, and 16.5% being high outliers. Taken in sum, 82.5% of the population is within one standard deviation of average or above. Colorado barely cracks 40% on literacy proficiency any given year. That suggests that there's less than a 50/50 chance that a stude
  13. I've recently been struggling with a case of bader-meinhoff syndrome myself. I noticed that whenever I lead my observations with empathy, I overlook things that become obvious when I focus on objectivity first. Ever since I started with objectivity first, empathy second, I've noticed that most social dysfunction hinges on people "giving the benefit of the doubt" to situations where only the actor's intent is in doubt, the outcome is obvious. In this case, the empathetic response focuses on the embarrassing spectacle of someone making a humiliating mistake. Broadcasting their mistake, a
  14. Connor, Most enterprises discover that finding buying customers at a profitable level for the business is more complicated than simple proximity. Human nature leads to lots of recognizable patterns. People tend to protect their patch. If the patch is valuable, people will find way's around that protection. If the newcomers are successful, they will put new protections in place. For example, let's say a local restaurant district is booming during certain hours. Rent is high, and it's expensive to build. So chefs buy food trucks and set up shop in that district. If the
  15. Be advised that many commercial property leases have provisions where the owner retains any improvements you make. Installing stuff like a sink or a light fixture might be the only way to use the space, but the landlord get's to keep it when you leave. In some cases, they will also require that you remove the installed stuff when you leave, but they keep the material. I see a lot of commercial remodel projects with everything from built-in millwork to chandeliers sitting on the floor of a demolished space. I don't know what size of space you're looking for, but be advised that hard-u
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