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Old 05-30-2010, 08:36 AM
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Default Anyone watching "Construction Intervention"?

I have not seen it yet. I just saw a commercial for it on the Discovery Channel. Looks interesting.

Having been commercial construction for the past 35+ years, starting as a laborer in Feb 1975, then helper, apprentice, metal carpenter, foreman in metal stud, drywall, ceilings, lath and plaster, etc and now a site superintendent for the past 10+ years, the hardest thing is to have people on the "Team" that care about what they do every day.

Most seem not to give a $h!t. Quality, schedule, whatever and VERY RARELY will anyone EVER step up and take responsibility for their own actions weather it be the guys on site or their office PM's, VP's or Owners.
They will talk the talk and say what you want to hear but when it comes to action, sometimes, not so much.

Architects and Engineers, just like Doctors and Lawyers, good and bad everywhere.......Oh and everything is my fault.

Some projects may last only the summer when the students are gone to a few years.

It's sad that the bad seem to be more then the good.
On a construction site, because things have to be done in a sequence, you only can go as fast as the weakest link.

In the real world case, every project is a new set of people to figure out who you can count on and who is a lost cause.
I wish we could keep all the good subs together and go from job to job but it doesn't work like that.


http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/construction-intervention/

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http://community.discovery.com/eve/f.../f/99919609401
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being a contemporary of yours, I see few qualified young people getting into the trades. As construction becomes more technically challenging, the number of capable workers decreases.

Regulations become more complex..pure design often takes a backseat to code compliance. Construction just isn't "fun" anymore.
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Originally Posted by 240 LTS View Post
I have not seen it yet. I just saw a commercial for it on the Discovery Channel. Looks interesting.

Having been commercial construction for the past 35+ years, starting as a laborer in Feb 1975, then helper, apprentice, metal carpenter, foreman in metal stud, drywall, ceilings, lath and plaster, etc and now a site superintendent for the past 10+ years, the hardest thing is to have people on the "Team" that care about what they do every day.

Most seem not to give a $h!t. Quality, schedule, whatever and VERY RARELY will anyone EVER step up and take responsibility for their own actions weather it be the guys on site or their office PM's, VP's or Owners.
They will talk the talk and say what you want to hear but when it comes to action, sometimes, not so much.

Architects and Engineers, just like Doctors and Lawyers, good and bad everywhere.......Oh and everything is my fault.

Some projects may last only the summer when the students are gone to a few years.

It's sad that the bad seem to be more then the good.
On a construction site, because things have to be done in a sequence, you only can go as fast as the weakest link.

In the real world case, every project is a new set of people to figure out who you can count on and who is a lost cause.
I wish we could keep all the good subs together and go from job to job but it doesn't work like that.


http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/construction-intervention/

A forum:

http://community.discovery.com/eve/f.../f/99919609401
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to much choreography. Anyone in construction knows it just doesnt work this way.
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Old 05-31-2010, 07:16 AM
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
being a contemporary of yours, I see few qualified young people getting into the trades. As construction becomes more technically challenging, the number of capable workers decreases.

Regulations become more complex..pure design often takes a backseat to code compliance. Construction just isn't "fun" anymore.

Back when I was coming up through the ranks, the mechanics I worked around seemed to CARE about what they were building and actually took pride in their work. We when we finished building something (multi-level bulkheads, archways, cove lighting, spiral stairs, etc) from multiple bundles of metal studs we were proud to say we did it.

Now if it isn't the very basic wall most are lost.

The drawings are getting no better. This small $9 million dollar job already has 130 RFI's, and 27 ASI's.
Architects, mechanical engineers, and electrical engineers don't even look at each others drawings.
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Idk what RFI and ASI is. But I watch the show a little. Not a big fan of Charlie though. The shown is too staged, like everything else. Also, if you google Charlie, you can see his run ins with the law in the past arrested for tampering with city property ect. Another great guy haha
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That show is a joke.

Here's a good one: http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories...8_03nets5.html

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RFI= Request For Information
We as project managers will write a RFI when the drawings either are lacking information, have information that is contradictory.

ASI= Architectural Supplemental Instruction
This will be generated by the Architect when they find something they missed or the owner wants a change that won't be a high dollar value if any at all.

CO= Change Order
When the Architect or Owner want something major changed and the subs have to price it.

There is more but that is the basics.

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That show is a joke.

Here's a good one: http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories...8_03nets5.html

I read that as well. Made me laugh quite a bit. Oh well. So,e people are just born dtupiiidddddddd
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i watched the first one...
i am a commercial contractor, if i screamed like that and acted the fool on the jobsite, my subs would walk and i'd be out of work
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Originally Posted by cgrand View Post
i watched the first one...
i am a commercial contractor, if i screamed like that and acted the fool on the jobsite, my subs would walk and i'd be out of work
I'll second that! My philosophy towards subs has always been "help me help you" .
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For sure you can not scream an holler at the workers. Even though the work is scarce most of them will tell you to go F yourself then you can forget them being on the "Team".

When I was on the Foreman side of the business, I had my company supers and the job site supers go ape $h!t and talk to people like no one should. Now that I am in that position I swore I would never treat people like I and others were treated.

I tell them in a calm tone of voice, "This is as loud as I get, if you can not understand me now, then being loud won't make you care and respond any more"

In this line of work there are two types of people; those that care and those that don't care. There is no one in the middle. For those that don't care, in the short time we have a relationship, I will not be able to change their attitude. They are who they are.

Just gotta keep positive and work with the one's that want to be a part of a Team.
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Yeah, I have watched it a couple times.

Can't stand the yelling, loudmouth BS
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