Year: 2016

True Stories – Tool Time

When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

This is Not Your Father’s Rubber Mallet

True Stories - Tool Time


Here is the “hydraulic setting device” one contractor was using to “set” the curtain wall units. They were hitting the sill rail so hard they bent the rail and cracked the paint.




What were they thinking? The LA police use a more delicate tool to beat down the doors of crack houses. Medieval armies used logs with less mass to bust into castles. If the Big Bad Wolf had had one of these, that Little Pig’s brick house would have been rubble. I’ve seen more graceful devices used to drive building piles. Things like this are illegal in 23 countries.
And the craftsmanship… Is that Teak wood?

True Stories – This Ain’t Rocket Science

Oh yeah, it looks simple to you.

Operable window mistakeIt’s Hot in Here. Let Me Open a Window.

Oops. Here is an ALT design detail with a little problem. The operating window can only open about 5 mm before it hits the exterior trim. Fortunately, we caught it before we sent it out (the second time).
Everybody makes mistakes. But an external review can usually catch most of them before it is too late.




screw missed slotMy Brain Hurts.

So, what was this guy’s problem? (The screw was supposed to go in the slot. Duh.)
– Blind?
– Forgot his Viagra?
– Bad aim?
– Too short to reach the slot?
– Bad hair day?
– “We don’t need no stinking slots!”