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WHAT A WASTEPosted Monday, October 25, 2010, at 3:53 PM
I was visiting with the owner of the Irish Pub the other and he gave me a tour of the premises. I couldn't believe all of the brand new restaurant equipment that was purchased and put in the building. The construction work on the inside looked liked many of the most elementary commercial construction work was attempted by some local contractors that are totally incompetent.
I have a saying that bears repeating here. "Give me a 14 year old kid with a high fever and he could have done this quality of work. "Mike Morgan, the city building inspector stopped by and looked at the work and couldn't and wouldn't approve work that was absolutely pitiful.
The front entry door wouldn't even open all the way. Water was leaking from a hole in the electrical room where they brought in the new electrical service. Water has been leaking from the roof down the mast pipe and running into the electrical box. What type of work is this. The city inspector wouldn't approve this type of work for obvious reasons and it all has to be reworked.
I really don't know how the owner has been able to keep his sanity through this. The owner had brand new hardwood floors installed. The materials were received in February. I don't know if anybody doesn't know it but wood flooring has to be removed from the shipping cartons and allowed to acclimate to room temperature before it is installed. These particular products should be allowed to acclimate for at least several days because of their thickness and the fact that they were really cold when they were delivered. The owner says that he asked the contractor to wait a week before the flooring was installed. The owner told me that the contractor installed the flooring the next day. Now that the material has warmed up and expanded the flooring is buckled throughout the place. When to flooring expanded the pressure broke the marble floor trim that the owner had installed. Another relative fact is that the flooring was installed in the wrong direction.
At the front entrance of the building you can put your hand half was into the building because the front wall is not sealed and doesn't quite reach the brick wall in some places. I noticed that the waste water stack pipe, approximately 14 feet tall is swaying with the breeze unsecured to the building.
The front stoop has negative drainage and water runs under the door and unsealed front wall and pools up to 20' feet into the building on a bare concrete floor. I walked down the new steps that were built to get down to the basement. I discovered that the steps had an unacceptable negative level that would cause a person descending the steps to fall backwards. If you are ascending the steps you would find yourself leaning or falling forward. I wouldn't what to be the person who had to carry something up or down these steps.
As I walked into the new kitchen I found that the swinging door got stuck on the ceiling and wouldn't open all the way. In the back the walk in cooler was missing half of the front. The storage building next to the cooler still doesn't have a front on the building.
I want you to realize that all of the items addressed in this blog come from my personal observations and comments that where made to me by the owner. There are always two sides to every story and probably multiple reasons why these problems exist. Whether the pub owner can survive all of the additional costs that will be required to fix all these problems is another thing.
I'm John Q. What do you think?
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Larry Maxwell is a retired businessman who often writes about topics related to faith and religion.