There has been lots of discussion about how there is a loss of “pride in workmanship” in the way homes get built these days. I suspect that this is only true in the sense that there is more oversight of structures than their used to be. Growing up on the farm and in rural Connecticut there were any number of instances when things got slapped together in the most expedient method possible—-consistent with the amount of money there was to throw at the project. There was no internet and no home inspectors to blog about the shoddy workmanship or poor choice of materials or methods. Sometimes this work even enjoyed the euphemism of “Yankee ingenuity.”
Nowadays there are any number of arm chair inspectors ready to point fingers—-the “Quality Police” are everywhere.
On a recent inspection—-new construction—-of a stucco house, I was pleased to find that the overall the workmanship was exceptional. There were two minor exceptions where I can only figure the installers had a “momentary lapse of reason” in an otherwise exemplary performance.
Perhaps it is the “beauty mole” approach—–where “beauty” is “marked,” to keep it human—–we can not after all have perfection—-can we?
At some point the workers, when they encountered this gas shut-off, had to have had a conversation with themselves—-about what to do about it. Rather than call a plumber to deal with it, they decided to just work around it and call it good.
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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