New Home Builders

I purchased home from a national home builder in a community. My house is almost done. But, in the kitchen cabinets were not we want (not the wood, but the stain). Cabinets as such look great, but not going well with granite countertop, and the backsplash and inserts. Kitchen doesn’t look good for me (my wife says it is ok, not bad). Basically, I’m not satisfied. How do I deal with this situation? How and what to ask the builder? Other builders paid the home owners any money, but my builder is not talking about it. If they have to replace, they will have work on entire kitchen since it is 100% done with appliances etc. Should I directly ask them to give me any incentives so that I can replace countertop/backsplash? What sort of question should I ask to get any incentives? How did you/someone you know dealt with this type of situation? First time home buyer so help me out. Thanks. From what I can tell… Every home buider should have an employee whose sole job it is to fix complaints in new housing-ie;deal with you and keep track of things and contact the subs to fix the problem. Call the super on your direct home site-they should send the person to you. If it is damaged or not done correctly or not what you ordered-it should be fixed on their time and money. I’ve worked with the industry in So CA for 35 yrs and thsats how it is here. Sometimes you can call the sub direct too and you get faster appointments, and/or results. If its a change of heart for you on colors etc-do call the sub and see if you can pay them across the board to come in and correct it. You should have been given a notebook with all this info when you move in. Also have a walk-thru with the rep from your builder to sign off before you do move in. Good luck.

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Construction

I’m in the Construction Management program at Lamar University. Can someone list the typical entry level positions someone with this degree would get? Also, should I get my MBA or masters in Construction Engineering? Thanks. Basically… I’ve been in Construction for 32 years, 25 of them in management. Unless you have considerable field experience either as a tradesperson (preferably a foreman or crew chief) or as an assistant supervisor, you are not going to have much luck getting a position anywhere to be honest with you. Most construction managers “come up through the tools” and either get no college training or get it after having been in the field for a while. Like I did. I had a college degree in an unrelated profession but started by going through an electrical apprenticeship and being a construction electrician for 7 years, then being promoted to crew chief, superintendent and eventually project manager and estimator. Honestly, I hate to be a bring down, but most of what you really need to know to run a construction project can’t be learned in any classroom. I am a big supporter of getting a college degree but I have had to mentor a number of graduates of college CM programs during my career and they were all like baby deer in the headlights when trying to deal with issues that effect the progress and execution of a real project. Even with my lack of “formal” training I have almost always prevailed in construction claims lawsuits on large projects I have been involved with against the trained CM’s. The MBA is worse than useless — it will just further reduce your employability. Most contractors despise MBA’s because they tend to be completely out of touch with the unique realities of the construction site — construction is NOT manufacturing or retail and the principles that are used in those industries are largely not applicable. The Engineering Masters would also be premature if you have little or no field experience. It will just hamper your search for an entry level job. Hold off on that until you are established in the industry with a job for a few years and understand what you are dealing with. If you are serious about this work, I would advise you to try to get ANY entry level job at a large construction firm. If you can do CADD you might slide into the design build department. If you have some knowledge of materials you might be able to get a position as an estimating trainee or an assistant purchasing agent or job site officeclerk or even document control guy on a big job in progress. Nobody in their right mind would put you in charge of a project until you had been actually working on one in the field and in the office for at least 3 to 5 years under the direction of a senior project manager. Most construction company people are not impressed by degrees. If you have field experience (like you worked in a trade for a while or your family had a construction business) THAT is what you need to emphasize in applying for a job with a contractor. If you walk in with nothing but that diploma and stars in your eyes they will politely thank you for the resume and drop it in the trash can as soon as you leave. You must understand that with the drop off in construction over the past 5 or 10 years there are thousands of field-seasoned project managers whoever are looking for work with whom you will be competing. I would suggest that if you don’t have field cred, try to get some perhaps by volunteering your time working on construction projects with non-profits like Habitats for Humanity or Rebuilding Together. Also join local trade groups like Associated Builders and Contractors or the American Society of Construction Estimators to network with people in the industry. They mostly have monthly dinners and meetings and you can get a feel for the local companies and whoever is doing what. Also subscribe to trade magazines — many are free — and read up on what is going on around you. Anyway, hope I have not dampened your enthusiasm too much. It is very interesting work but there is still largely a blue collar mentality in it (for good reason in most cases). Coming on too strong about your college degree won’t earn you much respect — being able to prove that you know what is going on with the projects, both the nuts and bolts and from the administrative end, is your best option. One thing in your favor is that many managers whoever came up through the trades HATE paperwork and if they can hire an assistant to deal with change orders, purchasing, document control and the endless meetings that go on in big projects, you may be an attractive hire to them.

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Road Maintenance

Hi, I was wondering if someone could help me with a couple questions I had: 1. How does a city prioritize the road maintenance that needs to be done on a budget? 2. Where can I find what the cities budget is. Basically… A city sets it’s maintenance budget using many factors. How much traffic uses the road, historical costs to maintain an older road, are just a couple. You can go to your local city hall and under the freedom of information act you can request a copy of the annual budget. You will be charged for the cost of copying but they must provide this information upon request.

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Builders

The Adena The Hopewell Mound Builders. From what I can tell… * The Adena The Adena were one of the earliest of the Mound Builder cultures that flourished in eastern North America before the time of European contact. The Adena lived in a variety of locations, including: Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, and parts of Pennsylvania and New York. The Adena culture eventually underwent cultural change, with the new cultural traditions being named the Hopewell culture. The Adena culture is sometimes viewed as part of the roots of the Mississippian culture mound-building peoples. Although the Adena culture did not last, a number of their earthen monuments survived. These mounds commonly ranged in size from 20 to 300 feet in diameter, and served as burial grounds. The mounds were built using hundreds of thousands of basketfuls of specially selected and graded earth, requiring members of the community to spare much time from hunting, gathering, and other everyday pursuits. The Adena often built mounds over the remains of their chiefs, shamans, priests, and other honored dead. * Hopewell Mound Builders Hopewell culture is the term used to describe typical aspects of the Native American culture that flourished along rivers in the northeastern and midwestern United States from 200 BC to 400 A. D. At its greatest extent, Hopewell culture stretched from western New York to Missouri and from Wisconsin to Mississippi, and included both the American and Canadian shores of Lake Ontario. Hopewell can also be considered as a cultural climax. Origins of the Hopewell culture are still under discussion. “Hopewell populations originated in western New York and moved south into Ohio where they built upon the local Adena mortuary tradition. Or Hopewell was said to have originated in western Illinois and spread by diffusion – perhaps carried by a religious elite – to southern Ohio. Similarly, the Havana Hopewell tradition was thought to have spread up the Illinois River and into southwestern Michigan, spawning Goodall Hopewell” (Dancey, p. 114). Aside from the more famous Ohio Hopewell, a number of other Middle Woodland period cultures are known as “Hopewellian,” including the Swift Creek culture, 100-500 A. D. , the Santa Rosa-Swift Creek culture, 100-300 A. D. , the Marksville culture, 1-400 A. D. , and the Copena culture, 1-500 A. D. Hopewell culture is known for their flamboyant burial ceremonialism, diversified material culture, and most importantly, exchange between other communities. Evidence for exchange can be found in exotic artifacts not native to the Hopewell region. With this exchange network, raw materials, as well as finished products were exported and imported. “It was thought that the distinctive Hopewellian artifacts were crafted specifically for mortuary ritual. . However, many of the kinds of artifacts associated with human remains under the mounds were found also in settlement debris” (Dancey, p. 117). Other features of Hopewell culture include the predominance of agriculture as opposed to hunting and gathering. Chief crops included squash, sunflowers, and various grasses, though maize, which would later become a dietary staple in the region, was only rarely cultivated. Artifacts indicate that the people were able to create tools and ornamental objects out of obsidian, mica, silver, native copper, or slightly modify natural items of iron, using percussion and drilling techniques. Galena (lead ore) was excavated and worked as well, but apparently mostly as a source of powder for coloring. They could not smelt metals or use metallurgical techniques, but were sophisticated craftspeople nevertheless. None of the aforementioned minerals are found in their native state in Ohio. Most were brought hundreds of miles from their sources. And so today, the best-known feature of Hopewell culture is the mounds that they built for religious purposes and/or for burial. It is known to be one of the most considerable achievements of Native Americans throughout the ancient past. These mounds, especially along the Ohio River valley could take various geometric shapes and rise to impressive heights. Samples of these mounds can still be seen today, especially in the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in Chillicothe, Ohio. Determining the function of the mounds is still under debate. “One popular proposition for the shapes of the earthworks is that they were laid out to record astronomical observations, such as the movement of the sun through the seasons, or of the Moon and Venus” (Dancey, p. 123). Due to lack of evidence and poor condition of the mounds, little more information can be obtained. There are many ideas about the collapse of the Hopewellian culture. Apparently, they ceased to exist around 200 AD. Some suggest that probability of their fall was their society dissolved, rather than crashing. Breakdown in societal organization could have been a result of full-scale agriculture. Scholars Dunnell and Greenlee suggest an idea of waste behavior. “They argue that energy was diverted from biological reproduction during a period when climate irregularities favored small families. As climate became predictable from yr to year, energy was turned from waste behavior to food production” (Dancey, p. 131). Still, the true reasoning of their evident dispersal is yet to be discovered, and much more knowledge is needed.

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Construction Site

Detail explanation. What I found out was – A construction site office (usually in a portable office – like an ATCO) is where the “administrative” portion of the job takes place. For the foreman/forewoman – there are suppliers to bargin with, contracts to confirm, subcontrators to hire, schedules to create, bills to pay, and surely much more. (That’s just what’s off the top of my head). Now any of this work might take place at a central office (for big construction companies), but regardless, there is paperwork associated with just about any job. And the construction site office is where that paperwork gets done. Also, this office would be where they have a computer, phone, fax, etc. . a necessity in today’s working force.


Highway Road Construction

I live in Northern Minnesota, and our roads are very bad because of the way below freezing temperature and then when the roads warm back up from the ground being frozen, they crack, so we end up having road construction crews “tar” the roads, meaning they fill in all the cracks with tar. Well, the other day the construction crews were out and as I was driving past, I noticed that a they were cutting horizontal lines that were running perpendicular to the roads direction, so from left to right, about five feet apart, the entirely length of the highway they were re-doing. And then filling them in with tar along with the natural cracks. This has just made me very curious as to why they do this? Why do they cut more cracks in the road, just to fill them in twenty seconds later? I would love to know the purpose. Thank you if anyone can help. From what I can tell… Those are expansion slots. They can expand even when filled with tar. During the summer and winter solid matter need room to expand and contract. === But left unfilled, water will get in and freeze and destroy the road from the inside (under) the road. Good Luck. .


Road Maintenance

Anytime of year may be the right time to get your car in tip-top shape. Experts know that a top-notch pit crew can make the difference between winning or being an also-ran-even if you’re just getting ready for the next family trip. That’s why it is important to remember that not all auto repair technicians are created equal.

Just ask Todd Berrier, crew chief for Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevy Monte Carlo SS. “It is my job to make sure Kevin (Harvick’s) car is in perfect working condition at every race,” said Berrier.

He recommends having a trained technician “sweat the details” like he does and inspect the following before you hit the road:

• Tire pressure: About 20 percent of cars inspected in check lanes during National Car Care Month have underinflated tires, which can result in blowouts and serious accidents. Underinflation is the leading cause of tire failure, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA). In addition, low tire pressure can reduce gas mileage by up to 3. 3 percent.

• Wipers: Generally, wipers should be replaced every six months, ideally in the spring and fall, making now the perfect time to take a look at them. Also, make sure the windshield washers work properly and keep the washer fluid reservoir full.

• Lubricants and Fluids: Nearly 30 percent of vehicles failed inspections as a result of too little, too much or dirty motor oil, and 26 percent had low, overfull or burnt transmission fluid. Twenty-one percent had low or dirty power steering fluid, 23 percent had low or contaminated brake fluid, and 18 percent failed the washer fluid inspection. Improper fluid levels affect your vehicle’s safety and can damage vehicle components.

• Parts: It is important to have pieces such as belts and hoses regularly inspected and replaced with the right parts when needed. Genuine GM replacement parts, for example, are manufactured to the same specifications of the company’s vehicles. A broken belt or ruptured hose can cause costly engine damage and travel delays.

“Regular vehicle maintenance and inspections can help improve a vehicle’s fuel efficiency, achieve peak performance and even help avoid major repairs down the road,” said Peter Lord, executive director, GM Service Operations.

Lord also emphasizes the importance of technician training when it comes to getting superior maintenance.

For instance, according to federal statistics and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), only about half of the 820,000 auto service technicians in the U. S. are certified by ASE, an industry-recognized leader in technician certification.

He points out that not only are GM Goodwrench technicians ASE-certified-and recertified every five years-they receive additional training beyond the ASE requirements.

These technicians are prepped to maintain and repair GM vehicles with a full line of products for one-stop service at over 7,000 GM dealership locations nationwide.

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