I had three field inspections today, two of them 'finals'. After bothering
with making very explicit, specific drawings that convey code-mandated
arrangements, two out of three site supers (the mice) took it upon
themselves to make significant (layout) changes that contravene the code.
Most of these are life safety issues in public buildings.
Now they've forced me (the cat) to spend tomorrow banging out reports
saying what they've done and then send it to the municipalities. These
spaces are *painted*
. The users, in one case, can look forward to prolonged
mess and bother as the mice are forced back to make good. The contractors
can look forward to lost money and time.
Even worse, one of them, who's ignored the drawings when work was easy and
the implications visible, is tomorrow going to ask me to trust that he's
done the invisible and difficult things correctly, since they're covered in
paint. Problem is that some structural work that should be apparent from
outside is missing....Does it still say "idiot" on my forehead? I thought I
rubbed that clean.
Last time this happened to me, a few investigatory holes indicated the most
blatant attempt to pull a 'fast one', triggered a series of return visits,
deficiency lists and incremental compliance, until they finally and
grudgingly complied on all points. It went on for months.
I basically would like to like builders, and have a lot of respect for
people who make things, so I really resent it when they try to make me out
to be 'the bad guy.' The only redeeming moment today was when I found a
lovely set of arts-and-crafts-inspired bed linens for sale at one of the
sites....one of the sales people told me to come back in a month during the
'family and friends' sale and I could be her 'friend' and save $150 on
them... : )
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