Construction Truisms - CMBA President

20 Mar 2019 9:59 AM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)

by Ron Euteneuer, CMBA President

Truism [troo izzem]

Definition: obvious statement: a statement that is so obviously true and so often repeated that people find it trite or meaningless.

What the plans indicate, what the customer wants and what is built are never the same thing.

The building inspector shows up during lunch time and leaves a correction notice you can't read.

Battery operated tools allow you to make mistakes in remote locations.

Terms such as: Square, Plumb and Level are translated at the job site to: "It looks good from here."

Drywall comes in 12' widths. The room is 12'3"

The day you plan to shingle it snows.

Change orders are free.

The  day you plan to shingle, it's 97 degrees.

Toilet paper holders come with a 27 page illustrated instruction booklet, translated into 3 languages. Framing lumber comes with none.

Dimensions such as 1/4, 1/8 and 1/16 are translated at the job site to: a hair, a skosh or "saw cut"

The plans indicate six steps extending to the landing. Seven steps are needed to comply with building codes. If seven steps are installed, the landing is too short --- building violation.

Customers show up after hours and leave notes you can't read.

Cell phones allow you to make mistakes without a paper trail.

People in the construction industry expect to "get paid". At project closeout, you realize there's not enough money in the checkbook to pay the most important person, "YOU".

Ron Euteneuer, Great Northern Environmental Solutions, LLC

1124 West Saint Germain Street, St. Cloud MN 56301
320.251.4382 |
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