Sunday, February 1, 2009

Hey, masterbuilder!

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Hey, Pulte! Approved construction plans call for pre-cast structures conforming to ASTM C478 or C913. Here's what a pre-cast structure looks like:




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NOT like this:

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Let’s review the WIDESPREAD shoddy construction here:

* Roof truss connections that are barely attached (the State Building Code says that the roof must withstand a 130 mph roof wind gust)

* Missing roof truss bracing
* Stucco that was poorly mixed (a violation of the State Building Code)
* Stucco that was poorly applied
* A retaining wall that collapsed
* Poorly constructed lagoons
* Leaking roofs

Are these ALL just innocent “mistakes”? or are they the expected result of poor (or no) quality control? The number and frequency of these “mistakes” clearly demonstrate the expected results of shoddy construction. Shoddy construction results from bad contracts, unqualified companies and workers, ineffective (or no) supervision, and ineffective (or no) quality control.

And what about the government agencies whose responsibility it is to protect citizens against shoddy construction? How could they have missed all these “mistakes”? Their “oversights” result from bad (or no) inspections by unqualified, poorly motivated, or overworked inspectors, ineffective (or no) supervision, and ineffective (or no) quality control by the government agencies responsible for protecting us.


Until WE demand change, WE will get the status quo. WE MUST DEMAND that our government representatives address these problems NOW.

Your children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors will thank you for DEMANDING that the WIDESPREAD problem of shoddy construction be addressed.
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1 comment:

Yaj said...

Your photo comparison says it all! It describes the difference between something thought about and designed by an engineer and something that was not...

That pre-cast box the specs call for looks like it was intended to provide great long-term service! And, it will keep children from falling in...

Sooner or later beavers are going to move into that inane brick THING and build a dam on top and live happily ever after. They won't have any problem punching a couple of holes in the sides below the water level. No one will see them come and go!

Well, at least their dam will keep children from falling in...

And look better...

And last longer...

And demonstrate construction by a professional with experience...

Or should I say, be constructed by a Master Builder, while the Pulte brick monstrosities were not!

Another Beaver Benefit: they will take care of all those dying trees around the Pulte Puddles and put them to good use! Two problems knocked out with one set of choppers!