pit-pat. pit-a-pat. pit-a-pit-a-pat.

oh, the rain came down.

it poured and poured.

‘wet feet.’…’wet face.  water in my eyes.’

‘mud…mud, mud, mud.’

-in the rain with baby duck by amy hest

that was a backhanded recommendation for a kid’s book, but also a great summary of urban infill this week – rainy.  the one thing we’re waiting on right now is clear skies, for the only thing left before rough inspections (framing, mech, elec, plumbing) is roofing.  and you can’t put on a torch-down roof in the rain.  so perhaps the end of the week?

on a happy note, that means i was at home all day, in front of the fire with my spouse, reading roots (a very little), drinking coffee, and calling tile guys to gather bids for floors and showers.  there is one interesting note regarding these tile bids, but one that has applied across the board in building thus far:  the disparity in bids is astounding, to the point that i wonder how some of the men/companies/crews ever get any business.  i feel grateful to have found disparity, as it means there is actually a low bidder (or 2), but in a three bid system [which i use every time i can find three qualified, well recommended options] i would not have expected such price variation.

so, tomorrow may bring fiberglassing of the two shower pans, which i’ll be sure to capture on film, though i hear is noxious to the point of sickness.  i used the wonders of the internets and craig’s list today to buy cedar sealant with no shipping and post the job of painting the sealant in ‘work gigs.’  i received over 20 offers before i pulled the post, and start interviewing tomorrow.  i am learning the value of delegating, even though it’s my own money i’m spending.  specialization means i can still read to my sons occasionally and not spend hours in the car every day gathering and searching.

grateful for a rainy day.

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One Response to “pit-pat. pit-a-pat. pit-a-pit-a-pat.”

  1. davebirt (the designer) Says:

    many times the variation on bids comes from levels of experience, relationship to the gc, and of course the craft of the finished product. for example, we have a framer on a project right now who the gc desperately wants to use, but if he goes with someone else, there would be a savings of 30% or more for the framing cost (and the client). the gc is very comfortable with this particular framer, so it’s his best interest in value engineering to determine which trades he feels are more important than others, and obviously the framer is very important, thus the framer in this case can charge his premium and still get the job…

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