Field documentation of a construction crew is a daunting challenge. Every contractor I’ve ever discussed this with has had the same defeatist attitude. They’ll shake their heads, throw up their arms and say it’s a lost cause. Worse are those that don’t even give it much thought, not worth the trouble I suppose is what they believe. Continue reading Harder than it should be
I was recently on the roof of a metal building, a hangar built 20 to 30 years earlier. We were doing some work on the hangar door system. I’d noticed, from below, numerous obvious roof leak issues. A typical R-Panel type roof, I set out to replace an old screw or two adding value to our service. I walked off the roof, found the noted locations and observed other areas of concern. It became apparent to me that this was another case of a good product, poorly served by a sloppy installation.
Continue reading It’s the Installation, Stupid
I am not an economist by any stretch, the idea that you can predict or control the direction of the global markets smacks of pure fiction in my mind. For every sound rationalization of a principle, there are equally sound and persuasive arguments to the contrary. Very rarely is a policy or action backed by a significant consensus of objective experts. Continue reading Are We Stimulated Now?
In the 80’s the metal building industry seemed to have a lock on the big warehouse box stores, distribution centers and such. Years of lax regulations and zero oversight, resulting in under-performing structures built by opportunistic shortsighted builders left a bad taste in the mouth of many of these end users. Continue reading Metal Buildings Suck?
It is an oft heard statement as fact that steel erection is a dangerous business, accidents are inevitable and injuries unavoidable. Is this true? Continue reading Safe Erector, An Oxymoron?