Today I have had the pleasure to spend couple hours, doing physical work. There was a plan, there were materials, there were thinks to be done and the number of people was …. It got me pondering. What is the most important feature, thing one should be worried about when planing an endeavor?
We all have heard stories about contractors that have screwed up things, even though they have been doing it for years. We all know that if one does not care, even a simplest task will be screwed up. What if the contractor is the one able to see the things he is making shortcuts in?
Today I was asked to help with construction, cutting cinder blocks and bricks, masonry, with “some” lifting. It was fun and although we have not done as much as it was, initially, planed, I though the day was a good one. My back is hurting, I am orange inside out (from cutting bricks). My hair and shirt, pants, nose, lungs were orange, if not for the intense shower I could have been mistaken for being Dutch Soccer Fan.
Avoiding empirical selection, how could one know that people he employs or asks to do a job are reliable? There are personal recommendations, reviews, forum acknowledgments and simple newspaper adds. It is a custom to employ a master-constructor to over see the project, a person who does not have to do the labor and is responsible only for making sure that there is no shortcuts taken. What if they are not as reliable as we thought?
Conclusions… The best thing is to know enough about the discipline you ask people to work in, but not to know it to much. To know enough, as to be able catch common mistakes and simple error that could have consequences in the long run. However if you know everything, you will be picky about things that might have been proven wrong by experience or your approach could also be an insult to the workers. It is tricky situation with no easy solution as such. If you depend on people to build your home, you want to have it done right and you don’t want to piss them off.