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Forum topic by Zuki posted 08-03-2009 10:58 PM 992 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-03-2009 10:58 PM

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A number of houses are going up behind ours and they are being built by a local “contractor”. Many people question his building tactics and the quality of his homes. DW was in the backyard and heard the following conversation.

Hired Help – hey “contractor”


Hired Help – “contractor” !

Contractor – what !

Hired Help – what did you say that measurement was again? 12 inches?

Contractor – yea

Hired Help – well its only 11 inches.


Hired Help – well what do you want me to do about it?

Contractor – uh . . . nothing . . . that’s close enough.

This one inch discrepancy will now probably show up all though the building process with each successive sub-contractor having to deal with it when it could have been corrected right at the beginning.

Personally I would not be able to let that one inch go.

- get off soapbox -

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#1 posted 08-03-2009 11:18 PM

I hope that wasn’t a measurement for a wall placement….or for a door or window casement…..

Sometimes in rough work an error of that size might not cause any significant problems….but do not try that in finish work….a cabinet would look awfully funny if the shelf was an inch short or if a drawer was an inch too wide….

I’ve seen a lot of blueprints in my time….some of them were off significantly and required a lot of fudging to get the project even close…..yet it is done alot….scary sometimes…especially for the poor sap that buys it…

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