Saturday, October 31, 2009

Concrete Remix



 

Project management pop quiz:  After 4 weeks of digging, shoring, and steel, after 2 inspections, all your hard work has culminated into this one event -- the concrete pour.  Heavy rains are on the forecast for tomorrow.  You have a crew of 6 ready to move the hoses,  5 truck loads of concrete ordered,  a special inspector waiting to check the strength of the concrete, and one day to get it done.  The first truck finally rolls up, the pump fires on, the crew jumps into action connecting the hoses, and concrete starts glugging into the forms.  Yes!  You go get the tag from the driver and see that the truck is carrying 2500psi concrete and the engineer has called for 3000psi.  What do you do?

Answer:  You send it back.

Sometimes doing the right thing will make you extraordinarily unpopular. 

5 comments:

Tina said...

Hey, Shiloe. I know nothing about your sort of work but anything new gets me excited about story possibilities! I'm in short story mode now because of my blog and I'm getting an idea...

Adam Beatty said...

new favorite post

Darrell said...

You will be popular w/the home owner! Hold your ground & keep on doing the RIGHT thing!

Ken Swanson said...

Being right doesent always make you popular, and being popular doesent always make you right. There is an unwritten code in the construction community that only the "well slept" builder understands. Thank you for keeping the code. Sleep well, my friend.
Ken Swanson, The 'Owner' Builder

Paul Trousdale said...

I think I'd call the engineer to see if 2500 psi concrete was OK first. Often they spec 3000 by default when 2500 would be fine...especially for residential foundations. Of course you'd want something in writing saying that.