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Old 12-18-2013, 09:26 AM
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Failed my pile inspection for a second time on Tuesday, this time due to my contractor being lazy and trying t cheap out on the job. Lazy because he was minus 1 tico bracket and cheap because he didn't want to install 7 center beam brackets he thought weren't needed, yet both my engineer, FEMA and the town insisted on. He's costing me time and some aggravation, but I'm still holding on to a check for 12K that you think he'd want. We'll see if the third time is the charm.
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:34 AM
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Is he based out of NJ and running an Atlantic Baytider?
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Failed my pile inspection for a second time on Tuesday, this time due to my contractor being lazy and trying t cheap out on the job. Lazy because he was minus 1 tico bracket and cheap because he didn't want to install 7 center beam brackets he thought weren't needed, yet both my engineer, FEMA and the town insisted on. He's costing me time and some aggravation, but I'm still holding on to a check for 12K that you think he'd want. We'll see if the third time is the charm.
WhyTF wouldn't he follow the code?
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:57 AM
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WhyTF wouldn't he follow the code?
These guys are so busy trying to grab as much business as humanly possible that they are doing a lot of half assed jobs. First inspection he didn't even leave a map for the inspector to go buy, no tico straps at all, 3 piles placed too close to 3 other piles, 1 pile the wrong size etc.

I asked him about the 12" that looked like a big 8" and he said, that's what the lumber yard dropped off (38 piles total). I said instead of installing it you should have sent it back and make them bring you the right size.

He said for the center beams, "I've gotten other jobs passed with only 3" of meat left on the top of the pile." (Code and my eng. state and beam with less then 3.5" of meat needs to have a metal bracket installed), if he had used full 12" piles we wouldn't have this problem but after notching out both sides for the banding he's left with 3" and in a couple of beams less then that.

IMO he doesn't want to spend the money and time on the brackets and thought he might get away with it if he got an inspector or customer that wasn't paying attention.

The one missing tico bracket might have been an oversight but my untrained eye caught it right away.
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sounds like your contractor IS a pile
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Old 12-18-2013, 10:15 AM
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sounds like your contractor IS a pile
The guy I wanted is book for 6 months and I couldn't wait. Per my builder they are having similar problems with all the pile guys, even the guys I wanted who comes with a great reputation. They are running extra crews with maybe 1 exp. person on each crew and making rookie mistakes. They are promising jobs will get done by "X", they start take a deposit and move onto the next job, come back and try to fix the mistakes instead of doing it right the first time.
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Old 12-18-2013, 10:26 AM
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Just mount a gin pole on your boat and haul them out. Just remember you are responsible for any oil spills you create and the USCG is vigilant.
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Is he based out of NJ and running an Atlantic Baytider?
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I thought in NJ you just befriended the inspectors and everything went right through?
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I thought in NJ you just befriended the inspectors and everything went right through?
I don't want a friend, I want the job done right.
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