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Jitterboogie
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Client subcontractor: "Hey man, I was gone for a few weeks, and need a few things checked out on the site you shot last week.."

Me: Hey John, what do you need shot?

Client Sub: All the missing hubs.

Me: That's almost all of them, and you're not ready with all the soft and re-excavated which is all I'm supposed to be doing today....

Client Sub...grumble....

Me: Called the boss.  Explained and sent photos. Boss has to hang up because client is now calling to complain that I'm being lazy again...

Me: Hey John, I'm all yours. Just keep your equipment away from me and stop running your vibrating roller, it's throwing my total into a tilt error when you get that close to it...

we're charging this as a restake."

 

..this is what the consider 'ready'

 

 

 

 

 

 

meanwhile they did their walk along and basically will be tearing it up again because it's not stable and failed compaction....

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Topic starter Posted : August 4, 2022 7:02 pm
Hi-staker
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Just another reason I rarely do construction staking anymore. The headaches just aren't worth it.

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Posted : August 5, 2022 7:06 am
MightyMoe
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When you're not busy, those jobs might look really sweet. I staked a road 9 times, each time was billed T&M. 

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Posted : August 5, 2022 7:26 am
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Squirltech
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Something similar happened to me...

Client called and said, "we're ready for the building to be laid out"

Crew shows up on site and it hasn't even been cleared/grubbed. We gave them rough building pad location and then returned two more times before actually laying the building out.

Thankfully, they paid the bill in full.

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Posted : August 5, 2022 7:57 am
FL/GA
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Posted by: @jitterboogie

Me: That's almost all of them, and you're not ready with all the soft and re-excavated which is all I'm supposed to be doing today....

Client Sub...grumble....

Are you a principal in the Surveying Company performing the on-site work? No offence intended, but if not, keep your opinions to yourself and have the client call your supervisor for whatever he/she is requesting. It works better than arguing in the field.

Just sayin’ 😎 

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Posted : August 5, 2022 10:04 am
Jitterboogie, Lurker, RADAR and 1 people liked
Norman Oklahoma
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Posted by: @flga-2-2

Are you a principal in the Surveying Company performing the on-site work? No offence intended, but if not, keep your opinions to yourself and have the client call your supervisor for whatever he/she is requesting. It works better than arguing in the field.

Just sayin’ 😎 

Good advise. Get started on the parts that are (more) ready and maybe something good will happen while you work. You are never going to have a fully prepared site to yourself. Not ever. 

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Posted : August 5, 2022 10:10 am

MI-Other-Left
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That backsight tribrach looks a little "green" compared to its friends. Is it sick? 🤣 

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Posted : August 5, 2022 10:18 am
Jitterboogie
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@hi-staker 

this was slightly better...change order prices...that's was the only upside.

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Topic starter Posted : August 5, 2022 11:42 am
Jitterboogie
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@mightymoe 

this was a bid.  we're starting to charge restake fees, otherwise we'd be losing money badly.

 

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Topic starter Posted : August 5, 2022 11:43 am

Jitterboogie
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@flga-2-2 

No offense taken, I'm the only guy in our office other than the license at the moment. This has been happening the past three visits, and we're losing money because I can't be somewhere else when we're not charging it as a restake.

not opinion, but observation and fact.

it's a 1.5hour drive without rush hour, one way. the client is being taken advantage of by their sub, then the sub blames us for not getting their hubs set.

 

just keeping it real when no one else is able to be there.

and my director's opinion was the same as he was there the week prior walking the the DC while I drove in the hubs the first time. Does that count?

 

 

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Topic starter Posted : August 5, 2022 11:48 am
Jitterboogie
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@norman-oklahoma 

we shot the whole thing the week prior.

the C team showed up and wiped out nearly all the hubs.  what was left I found to be at least 0.1 below the Final subgrade, but hey, he like to overfill so he can roll it again one more time.

failed compaction so still not ready.

I'm just a measuring neck down.

that's what the career path needs apparently. kind of a shame.

 

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Topic starter Posted : August 5, 2022 11:51 am
Jitterboogie
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@michigan-left 

I wish it had the original glass instead of the SECO micro prism.  that's probably been gone for years, this was what matriculated to me after the guy who was supposed to train me quit on my first day.

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Topic starter Posted : August 5, 2022 11:53 am

Nate The Surveyor
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In construction, re-staking is a fact.

The more the merrier. 

N

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Posted : August 5, 2022 6:30 pm
Jitterboogie
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And just to quell the unrest of my comment to John, he's the blade operator, not the engineer or site manager. I waited for him to finish running the site while I set up, checked in, and shot every single hub or leftover I could that were available.

And then walked him through what I did, and asked him to schedule us when he was ready with the rework. 

Settle down you old codgers, I got this, and my director has my back too.

 

 

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Topic starter Posted : August 5, 2022 7:13 pm
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MI-Other-Left
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@jitterboogie 

?!

Was that a planned exit, or was he a "walk-off"?

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Posted : August 6, 2022 11:38 am

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