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  1. I have walked on a few for a variety of reasons too lengthy to discuss here due to the fact that I choose NOT to be squeaky clean with excessive amount of PC just to make anyone happy. Truth is more important than having a Disney dialog. i.e. (omit all the real important details but provide illusion [like a real estate agent]) dialog. Everything is political if you look deep enough to connect the dots. So pretty many subjects are dead in the water from the get go in a PC world that could be printed in Reader Digest. A dumbed down discussion is not worth pursuing in a PC illusion. Gee wiz
  2. It is a good idea, but it probably costs more than some builders would want to pay without passing the cost along. They could use it as a sales feature to show that the builder is thinking about their buyer and trying to add features and quality into their final product. I see good products advertised and promoted all the time in Popular Mechanics / Popular Science and other similar magazines but few new products make it to shelves of hardware stores. Marketing these new items is very expensive.
  3. Yes, immigration does play a huge part of the problem related to the errors created. Denial of that fact is delusional and counterproductive. Most of the qualified workers have left the business and only a few of the remaining workers can speak English properly. Some of the more qualified workers become managers and many others outsource the services. Some contractors just use day labor workers that congregate at street corners. There needs to be better compliance to the demands of quality performance. It is not only the construction industry that has been highly diminished. Almost eve
  4. They probably come from Mexico and can not read, speak or write much English. It is the illegal visitors from the south that do most of the construction, including residential building and they make the majority of the very stupid mistakes.
  5. It seems that some people in this crazy old world will find justification for their positions rather than really examine them for true value and depth of character. If you lay down with dogs you eventually will get fleas. Those guilty of getting put into questionable and compromising positions will eventually get unquestionably karmically compromised. Enough said.
  6. When playing the agent's version of Russian Roulette for inspectors, changes are the gun has a bullet in almost every chamber. It is the agents that spins the chamber , points the gun and decides when to pull the trigger. If you are mentally challenged or immoral enough to play lay dog and get the fleas of the manipulators, you get what you deserve. What is that nasty smell? If in a weak compromising moment put on some whorish lipstick, pucker up for them and then go sit in the dark corner with a dunce cap until you come to your senses. What do you think will happen if a controlling
  7. There are shades of Enron trading at work when any power (including internet services) comes into play. Enron may be gone but the practices of shady game theory trading still exists at the top of the money pile. "Everybody needs some power I'm told To shield them from the darkness and the cold Some may see a way to take control when it's bought and sold." lyrics by John Hall
  8. Speaking from personal experience with TREC and some other governmental entities, it does little good to speak to the many entrenched bureaucrats. The closer you get the governments operations the waste, incompetence and corruption becomes more obvious.
  9. The mess with the insurance is typical of corrupt government and lobbying efforts to force capital into the pockets of politicians and campaign contributors with vested interests. The lawyers are already starting to ramp up litigation to tap the insurance companies.
  10. The huge jump in housing costs in the past 6 years is far beyond a healthy / reasonable increase. Greed played a huge factor in the overall escalation. The slow down in sales should bring an eventual market correction base on currently inflated prices. Tax based and independent appraisals then should also change the picture, but it is rare for them significantly lower the assessed values once they are inflated. The fiscal infrastructure depends upon the escalating prices at some rate that is reasonable and affordable. Thus, the bubble will continue to deflate until other economic fact
  11. Thanks for the One Team One Fight description of OT OF. Before Mike's branding of it, the OT OF thing was new to me. Maybe it came from sports competition. It is so much clear to type it out and avoid the confusion. The only such abbreviated grouping I use is GFCI that is written out in reports. For field notes I use lots of abbreviations but those are not read by anyone except my self.
  12. WB-What bar? TINBH -There is no bar here. NSDNC-Null set does not compute PIWLTBAV-Pat I would like to buy a vowel SWYM-MWYS = ?? What does this mean Milke? or this WITCHE (hint you have heard it 100s of times).
  13. They also sell the little JLC books at some Home Depots and Lowes.
  14. OF = Off topic OF= Entry: of Pronunciation: \#601;v, before consonants also #601;; #712;#601;v, #712;äv\ Function: preposition Etymology: Middle English, off, of, from Old English, adverb & preposition; akin to Old High German aba off, away, Latin about from, away, Greek apo Date: before 12th century 1—used as a function word to indicate a point of reckoning 2 a—used as a function word to indicate origin or derivation b—used as a function word to indicate the cause, motive, or reason c: by d: on the part of e: occurring in 3—used as a func
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