All construction is terrifying when you actually learn about it. Nothing is built to last and everything is built by the lowest bidder.
@I Am Captain Obvious, not only the lowest bidder, but usually the most shadiest/easiest ways to pass inspections as well
@I Am Captain Obvious, Not my house. My house was built just after WWII by the company who spent the previous decade building bunkers for Bomber Command. Looks like a normal house, but every wall is made of ultra dense concrete - you need an SDS still just to hang a picture. It’s a nightmare to decorate, but it could probably survive a bomb blast without losing more than the windows.
And the floor downstairs is solid concentrate too, so it’s Graboid proof.
@I Am Captain Obvious, my dads a builder and does residential stuff. Hes got good work but hes seen some sketchy trades. Like guys who try putting up the drywall before the inspector has come by and my dad realizes the @sshats cheaped out and didnt even put insulation in the walls and thought they could get away with it. Or bidding on a job and everyone is within a few grand from each other and these guys come in and underbid by several thousand and the buyer doesnt care and just sees a 20% markdown and goes with them.....Among many things
@I Am Captain Obvious, theres some quite I heard once "Anyone can build a bridge that stands, engineers build ones that barely stand".
@PunnyBaker, Seems to be the trend now. My granddad owned a building company - he directly employed the builders, and had a clerk of works overseeing every, build to make sure the houses went up right. These days, too many people sub everything out to the lowest bidder and just hope the cheque clears before the buyer notices how shít a job was done.
I’m getting our driveway replaced (concrete out, block paving in) - one guy quoted 15% below anyone else, but his quote didn’t include putting sand down before the blocks. Not a good sign of the quality to expect!
@Nellybert , yup they do that too. They will underbid a ton but then add on thousands of extra work while building and expect you to pay for every little addition while still underpaying their workers. My hubbies dad works at a family company that does more commercial work and even he said the same stuff. The company is struggling to both find reliable workers (who do their job well and arent druggies) and to get jobs cuz they are being grossly underbid all the time
@PunnyBaker, A big (but hard to talk about) problem in the UK is that years of free movement of labour has made it a lot more profitable for companies to hire people in from Eastern Europe than to train them up over here (imagine giving Mexico and below complete rights to live and work in the US). That means that they have no quality control over the standard of training, and the workers are all self-employed & can just run off to another build if they do a poor job because companies still only offer minimum wage so there’s no skilled workers being trained up to replace them.
@Nellybert , thats pretty much the same issue here in canada. As bad as it is to say, most of the shady businesses that way underbid are immigrant run companies that care more about making money than reputation and quality. Its not everyone obviously but ratio is pretty high and its drowning local reliable businesses - especially when they pay off worksafe to look the other way with safety hazards and employee labor issues and the honest companies get red flagged and fined for every little thing they do
@PunnyBaker, Over here, the big companies are in on it - one of the largest house builders in the UK (and we ain’t a big country) made £1billion in profit last year and paid their chief exec £70million. He is not thinking about investment for long term sustainability, he’s taking his massive pay packet and fúcking off before anything hits the fan!
@Nellybert , sounds about right. Get rich quick is more important than sustainability and good reputation
@I Am Captain Obvious, my fear of heights is intensifying
@PunnyBaker, Yep. By the time the company’s reputation is shot, the bosses have sold their share options and bailed. Or, in a smaller company, they fold it and launch a new one with a clean record.
@I Am Captain Obvious, near enough is good enough
@Nellybert , that graboid comment made me happy. Not many people see those movies
@leon3847, I love those films and I thought I’d seen all of them, then I discovered there are three I’d never even heard of. There’s seven of them! And none of my paid for TV streaming services (Amazon, Netflix, Sky) have them!
@Nellybert , can find the TV show at Walmart and the new movies where on Netflix I thought.
@leon3847, Not in the UK version. :( I read somewhere that you can ask Netflix to add stuff - think I have my next weekend planned out. (Failing that, there’s the last three Sharknado movies on Prime Movies).
@Nellybert , get NORD VPN or a VPN and say your in America. That's what I do. Works great
@leon3847, If the whole ‘give pornhub your credit card details to prove you’re over 18’ thing starts next month, I may have to teach my technologically illiterate arse to do that.
That would suck to be in the nosebleeds because the roof of the stadium probably impedes your view
If I take a piece of does everything fall down like a domino?
@The Flame War, Probably.
Nah that is the quidditch world cup
That looks expensive.
Cheering your team on with a giant flag and then a gust of wind picks you up to ever lasting glory