December 24, 2012

December 19, 2012

Ignoring the Spec

'Fear' from 'The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals' London 1872. Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
What? Ignore the spec?
I’m specifying a system that depends as much on the fabricator as it does on the materials. In this case, it’s a concrete countertop, but really, it could be any sort of artisan construction. Another designer at the same firm did the same sort of product, in a different form, about a year ago, and I wrote the spec for that, too. So I asked the first team if they’d recommend the fabricator to the second team.

I got back, essentially, “Well, they didn’t really follow the spec, but they worked hard to match the existing.”

December 13, 2012

Getting - and paying for - a problem-free slab

Lean on me
Think this slab might need moisture mitigation?
I joined CSI's Specifying Practice Group webinar in progress last week, because my buddies were learning so much and tweeting about it. I got there just in time to get good answers to my burning questions about how to handle slab testing and moisture mitigating membranes and how best to pay for them.