Why Standards?



As John Ruskin once said: "It is unwise to pay too much but it is foolish to pay too little ..."

The following lessons, straight from the 'School of Hard Knocks,' are examples of when an owner, architect, paint contractor, coatings supplier, or some other good person got 'shafted' because no standard existed or was used -- illustrating the importance of industry standards.

Lessons Learned

The Standards Police (Essay) - Building standards are like a form of policing. A project without standards is like a town without law-and-order. Imagine New York city with no police ...

Concrete Sponges - Not realizing where the water was leaking from, the owners contacted the construction company who sent out a roofing inspector that could find no problems ...

Abrasive Blasting by Degrees - The grade of architectural abrasive blasting always seems a dispute between the designer who 'sees' one degree and the contractor who bids another ...

The Right Block Filler - The type of block filler to use depends mostly on: the conditions of service, the kind of finish coating (be sure of filler compatibility), and the type of surface (all blocks are not equal) ...
Proud to be a Professional?

Setting the pro apart from those who 'would be'

A Swinging Stage - The mark of a true Professional is not only one who works well, but one who works safe. Minutes after this picture was taken, this (professional?) painter climbed onto the plank suspended by the ropes and steadied by the leaning 2x4s ...

Who Would You Call? - The mark of the Pro isn't the price tag on their vehicle ... but the Pride of the Professional shows in the efficiency and state of maintenance of the vehicle that advertises their presence ...

Why Wear White? - The care and concern of the Professional leads to greater respect from serious clients. One picture shows a professional painter with clean 'whites' while the second shows a painter who doesn't display the same care and concern ...

Leaf it to the Professionals - Unless these plants are of a new "strain", their white leaf tips reflect a lack of professionalism from the tradesmen and painting contractor ...