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Old 06-10-2018, 09:12 PM   #1
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Old 06-10-2018, 09:16 PM   #2
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It's varied over time. Things that used to bug me I've really mellowed out on and things that never bugged me are starting to.

At present, it's giving very specific and clear instruction, the other party having absolutely no questions, then they come back an hour later with a question who's answer was given very clearly in the original instruction. Get a damn note pad.
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Old 06-10-2018, 09:19 PM   #3
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People using a level to check their pipe bending on the floor when the floor isnít level.
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Lack of information, lack of material

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guys swiping my extension cord.
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Disorganization. Lack of communication.

Most of the jobsite problems I come across stem from this.
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Poor housekeeping. Trash and discarded materials
Concrete or drywall dust.
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guys swiping my extension cord.
What would you use an extension cord for in this day and age?
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On a somewhat related note, when someone asks me a question about something we've already clearly talked about, my answer is always a near carbon-copy of this:
"When we talked an hour ago and I said all the browns go on terminals 101 and all the blues go on terminals 102, I can see where that may have been confusing. What I actually meant was- all the browns go on terminals 101 and all the blues go on terminals 102."

I figure I can maybe shame them into paying more attention by restating, word for word, the original instruction.
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What would you use an extension cord for in this day and age?
coring machine, corded hammer drill, plugging my lift in, wobble light ... plenty.
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On a somewhat related note, when someone asks me a question about something we've already clearly talked about, my answer is always a near carbon-copy of this:
"When we talked an hour ago and I said all the browns go on terminals 101 and all the blues go on terminals 102, I can see where that may have been confusing. What I actually meant was- all the browns go on terminals 101 and all the blues go on terminals 102."

I figure I can maybe shame them into paying more attention by restating, word for word, the original instruction.
I had a superintendent that always had very complex, detailed task instructions.

I couldn't write fast enough so I started video recording the walkthroughs and instructions. It was really handy for larger projects that lasted several days. It worked out well.

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Rigidly enforced safety regulations.

I know I sound like a broken record but in my 44 years in the construction trades, I have come to the conclusion that actual safety is not found in ramming a bunch of idiotic rules on us. It is a combination of common sense, experience and education.
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LOUD MUSIC IN ALL SPANISH

They roll in a friggin dance floor speaker and plug their phone into in. We can't even hear ourselves think, much less communicate with each other.
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The jungle music the locals who are plumbers , drywall hangers, laborers, wood peckers , tin knockers, sprinkler head guys, flooring, painters , etc, etc, etc on the job sites. Three cords over and over, and over and over on ukulele usually or bass. So I have to turn Joe Rogan up way too loud to drown out that crap.
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They roll in a friggin dance floor speaker and plug their phone into in. We can't even hear ourselves think, much less communicate with each other.
Iwire told me how they used to solve that problem on a jobsite by sending 277 or 240 volts to the boombox.
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Iwire told me how they used to solve that problem on a jobsite by sending 277 or 240 volts to the boombox.
Some years back a guy responded to one of Bob's posts where he said that, and the guy said they also accidentally spiked a Genie charger and set it on fire a little bit. Oops. Collateral damage. Sorry, Sunbelt.
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Watching my written instructions and layout detail flutter to the ground, seconds after having tendered it to the j-man or seasoned apprentice.
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Watching my written instructions and layout detail flutter to the ground, seconds after having tendered to the j-man or seasoned apprentice.
Right.

I always say, there's 10 ways to do anything. Some look dumb, some waste time, some waste material, some are violations. That still leaves a few different ways. For that reason, I seldom give specific details and only relate what needs done, and give all the latitude necessary for the person to pick the method that suits their mood that day. BUT... if I give specific detail, that is a rarity and there's normally a darned good reason for it. Take a hint, right?
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Iwire told me how they used to solve that problem on a jobsite by sending 277 or 240 volts to the boombox.
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Hypocrisy, easily. Some examples:

- Work my butt off, being productive nearly ever minute I'm at work. 9 times out of 10, you'll see these guys messing around on their phone or just being generally useless. I stop to take a break (which I usually skip) and they're the first ask why my project isn't done yet, or make some joking comment about me slacking off.

- Management making a point to keep me busy when times are slow, then getting upset when I haven't taken care of things that typically get done during downtime.

- Co-workers who can't understand why I don't have tools on hand at all times, when they are generally ill-prepared and are only asking me because they don't have them on hand either. No, I'd rather not loan you that, because you're an irresponsible underperformer, you won't make a point to get it back to me, and I might need it.

...and people wonder why I prefer to work alone. I guess I'm not a "team-player".
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