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Jitterboogie
(@jitterboogie)
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....Because I'm not confident that I'm doing it adequately and it's dangerous, noisy,difficult,challenging and mostly  because I think I suck at it.

Carry on.

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Topic starter Posted : June 15, 2022 9:26 pm
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R Gregg
(@illegiblesquirrel)
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...solid foundation man...Yer gonna be great

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Posted : June 15, 2022 9:55 pm
Norman Oklahoma
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Earplugs help with the noise part. I prefer earmuffs. It does improve my outlook on life. In this age you should be able to demand a free work area, within reason, to mitigate the dangerousness. Experience and good office preparation helps with the challenge. 

 

 

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Posted : June 15, 2022 10:36 pm

Jitterboogie
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@norman-oklahoma 

I plug with the 38NRR plugs usually. The clouds of dust, diesel exhaust, spark showers,moving equipment never gets boring for sure

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Topic starter Posted : June 15, 2022 10:41 pm
beuckie
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I do a lot of construction staking. You will have to set boudaries from the start.

If a site is really messy, i just leave and send a bill for lost time. They will look after it the next time you'll come.

Of course it isn't like working in the Savoy but i find it very rewarding to see a construction rise up through points or other stuff i staked myself.

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Posted : June 15, 2022 11:07 pm
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Totalsurv
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You left out bad attitudes and being given very little notice. I mostly avoid too but occasionally stakeout a one off house. Staked out a solar farm recently and enjoyed that.

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Posted : June 16, 2022 12:49 am

FL/GA
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Construction staking can be unnerving at times but the most dangerous thing on the site is the Roach Coach driver. I lost 2 total stations in one year.   😎 

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Posted : June 16, 2022 5:31 am
Brad Ott
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Hard work.

High stress.

Rush rush.

High liability.

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Posted : June 16, 2022 6:06 am
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MightyMoe
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The hold backs, the paper work, the weekly certified payroll, the profit margins are tiny, frankly they usually can't seem to hold up their end at the job site. 

Not for me anymore, at least public construction.

We do lots of construction staking for private jobs such as the 7 miles of boundary line I staked recently, staking for roads (usually control for their machines) and houses in one of our subdivisions, dams we design, POD facilities, no problem,,,,,,,,,I'll do that kinda of construction staking everyday. But there's no bid, no meetings, no payroll to be inspected. 

 

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Posted : June 16, 2022 6:21 am

MathTeacher
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Back in the 1920s, my grandmother told my uncle to plant the onion sets that she had saved. He was reluctant to the point that force was required, but he did plant them.

When they sprouted, it was obvious that they had all been dumped into one hole. What followed was never completely clear in the telling, but apparently harsh language and blows were involved.

It's a shame that buildings don't grow from stakes.

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Posted : June 16, 2022 6:26 am
Lurker
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@mathteacher I usually don't connect onion planting and construction staking unless I'm using some mild hallucinogenic.

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Posted : June 16, 2022 7:49 am
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FL/GA
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Posted by: @brad-ott

Hard work.

High stress.

Rush rush.

High liability.

After the above $$$$$ big bucks $$$$$ 😎 

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Posted : June 16, 2022 8:13 am
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Kevin Hines
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I actually like construction staking, if I am the one in the field. It has been rewarding to see the stakes I put in the ground guide the creation of some magnificent developments and industrial plants. Earning the respect & admiration of the construction superintendents & construction crews is another evolutionary process I have grown to enjoy. Going from a contemptable attitude toward the survey crew to an attitude of "we can't figure it out unless you get it straightened out" is something everyone should witness at least once in their career.

When mentoring the next generation of surveyors, I have neglected the finer art of construction staking, how to take a set of plans, without any coordinate sheet, any layout a masterpiece. My focus on teaching boundary retracement and data collection techniques has outweighed the importance of teaching that facet of the profession because there are so many construction companies that have their own layout man on their payroll.

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Posted : June 16, 2022 8:31 am
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MathTeacher
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@lurker 

Well, you might tend more toward the normal on the psycho scale than I do.

On the other hand, Grandma's onion sets had positions planned in her office with my uncle assigned locate those positions. Onions were intended to sprout from those positions just as columns do on a construction project. When they sprouted in the wrong place, all hell broke loose, same as on a construction project.

Just a difference in scale, no mind enhancers needed.

 

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Posted : June 16, 2022 8:55 am
Jitterboogie
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@kevin-hines 

I recently completed my first of a few boundary and legal principles classed, so diving back into construction staking is a diversion for my path to license, albeit still great experience for the people I'll mentor in my future.

Being able to choose staking is different than my current role, I'm Almost exclusively construction so I've got to figure out this gambit.

 

Thank you you and everyone else for responses

J

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Topic starter Posted : June 16, 2022 9:18 am

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