March 01, 2007

For everyone who loves--nay, adores--building contractors.

Got this today from My Friend Jeff™--

First up, the drawing, which is a graphical depiction of a set of stairs leading to a doorway.


The round thing with the letters and numbers is a symbol that tells you to look on sheet A6.10 for detail number 2, and since it has a line and a dotted circle attached to it, it's telling you that when you turn to that particular sheet and detail that you will see a detailed, larger-scale drawing of that left door jamb area.

Or at least that's what's supposed to happen.

However, sometimes all those liney-drawy things can get all confusin' for a feller, as witnessed by the end result of trying to give someone more information than he's ready for...

stair tread as built.jpg


Posted by Terry Oglesby at March 1, 2007 11:52 AM

Oh, my. What's the fix?

Posted by: Janis Gore at March 1, 2007 12:04 PM

A sturdy back and a jackhammer. It looks like they had to make the risers too short in order to get in all the treads, so it doesn't meet building code the way it is, and there's really no way to make it right without taking the whole thing back out.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at March 1, 2007 12:13 PM

Should the line pointing at the enlarged detail area been finished off with an arrowhead to indicate its intention?

Posted by: Nate at March 1, 2007 01:43 PM

Generally not, since an arrowhead is intended to point at a specific individual thing, rather than a group of things. Graphically, I think I would have done the leader (the line from the circle to the dotted area) heavier, as well as the callout itself. Maybe not as heavy as the dotted line, but heavier than the rest of the background lines.

Still, you figure someone should have known better in the field.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at March 1, 2007 01:55 PM

Still all in all they did some nice finish work. Though reading a plan seems to be a bit higher up on the scale of difficulty.

Posted by: Chef Tony at March 1, 2007 06:00 PM

Actually, I'm having a laugh at the conversation that must have gone on during the construction phase:

"Y'all want us to build this how? Whatever your say, boss."

Posted by: skinnydan at March 2, 2007 08:18 AM

I'm not sure there was quite that much in the way of puzzlement, Dan.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at March 2, 2007 08:29 AM