Precision


Found this in the latest issue of "Tools of the Trade" magazine...
Sending your crew out to work on a house? Better put a GPS unit in their truck and then follow them to the site anyway to make sure they actually get there. At least that's what the owner of Precision Roofing should have done when he sent his crew out to re-roof a home in Granada Hills, CA. The Los Angeles Daily News reports that, as it turned out, the house at 17722 Tulsa St. did need a new roof--but only after the Precision crew was done stripping it. The roof they were supposed to strip was at 17722 Tribune St.
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John Grossbohlin wrote:

I love those stories. Fine Homebuilding had one some years back that was a pip. Local law prohibited contractors starting before 8 am, so the crew arriving at 7:30 set up in preparation. Had a guy with the gas chopsaw layout for cutting the patio door into the stucco wall, others tied lines around the front porch's columns connected to a truck's hitch, etc. 8 am arrives and the crew swings into action, yank the porch down, chopsaw and circular saws screaming...and everyone runs when the lady in a bathrobe comes running out of the house with murder on her face. Oops, wrong house.
All turned out well, as the contractor ended up doing a lot of work for the put-out property owner, at a _great_ price, so he made some profit instead of facing a lawsuit.
R
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John Grossbohlin wrote:
> Found this in the latest issue of "Tools of the Trade" magazine...
> Sending your crew out to work on a house? Better put a GPS unit in their > truck and then follow them to the site anyway to make sure they actually get > there. At least that's what the owner of Precision Roofing should have done > when he sent his crew out to re-roof a home in Granada Hills, CA.
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The guy didn't have a valid contractor's license, so the home owner wouldn't let him anywhere near the damage to make repairs.
Brought in a licensed contractor to do the job.
Lew
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Lew Hodgett wrote:

Eh, precision's undervalued, anyway.
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It seems like somebody is getting a new roof.
It isn't as bad as having the local swat team with a mistaken address break down your door in the middle of the night. Some of those situations can get really ugly.
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One of my carpet installation crews did that a few years ago. Seems that two of the houses at the corner of Elm and Second streets were white with yellow trim and each were owned by Mrs. Johnson, but not the same Mrs. Johnson. Its funny now. It wasn't then.
Roger

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"John Grossbohlin" wrote in message

It never hurts to knock on the door and ask ... then again, in the current building industry, the language barrier can be insurmountable.
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On Thu, 23 Mar 2006 06:23:18 -0600, Swingman wrote:

Maybe next time at least the driver will be able to read English ... and compare the street name on the work order with the street name on the street sign before breaking out the tools.
Maybe not. It might be cheaper to keep the crew he has now and just eat the occaisional address mixup.
Bill
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That's one reason contractors put up signs in the front yard. The standing order, no sign, no work.
Dave
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