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  1. It could have been worse. Imaging if it were our irate Scotch man from the dentist office fiasco. Along with the bomb comment there would have been a few other choice words.
  2. It all boils down to WHO HAS GOT THE BEST LAWYERS. That cost the most And everybody knows that the lawyers on both sides will always come out the winner. and it's not the owners or contractors who will be paying out in the end. It's the Owners Insurance Company, or the Contractors Insurance Company. or the bonding company if the contractor was required to carry a bond.
  3. On one of my first projects on a 10+ story hotel the plans were maybe 30 sheets, (the blueprints), The specification book was around 100 pages, our submittal book showing product data was around 59 pages and the contracts were about 100 pages. Now the same or smaller project has around 150 plan sheets, specification and submittal books as thick as a small city phone book. And the contracts are even thicker, single space typed, both sides in the smallest font they can legally use. Mostly to CYA of the Architect, Engineers, Owners and to hang the contractor with legal mumbo-jumbo. On one of the last projects I was on, it went over two years and millions of dollars over contract costs due to poor design of the Architect team. The owner who happened to be a school district sued the Architect. The way the contracts were written it fell upon the contractors, who got screwed throughout the project anyway to pay for the legal defense of the Architect and his team. Right down to the lowest subcontractor who may have only done a small part in the project early on.
  4. Many Architects/ Owners will allow contractors to substitute other products from those listed on plans & specifications. We used to do this quite frequently sometimes due to availability of specified item, sometimes due to cost and sometimes because of our relationship with a particular supplier or manufacturer. An example, the specifications may call out for an American Standard plumbing fixture. Our supplier may have an exclusive relationship with KOHLER. Therefore we will submit a "substitution request" to use KOHLER products. The forms call for very detailed information and you must prove through testing or ASTM listings that the substituted item is an equal or better than specified. Final decision is always at the discretion of the Architect/ Owner. And every substitution request I have ever seen has a clause stating that the Architects / Owners only reviewed the substituted item and it appears to be in compliance with contract documents. That any costs to the Architect, Owner, end user or other contractor due to the substituted item will fall on the contractor using that item. Basically you better be damned sure that your item works and has 0 Cost impact on anyone. Even if you can show that the original product would have caused the same problem / cost. Once you made the change it is totally in your hands.
  5. The USAF does not have that kind of stealth technology. It has to be a stealth fighter that defected from North Korea that has inferior wheels and tires made in the US.
  6. Just looked it up on Wikipedia and they say that most airlines banned it from being brought onboard the aircraft. They are afraid the cans could explode contaminating the plane.
  7. I don't care how much it costs. i want a can of this stuff. Make it two two or three....
  8. I've noticed this is the one thing that seems to really get their attention. Recently I was at a McDonalds where hey were wheel clamping across the street. It was entertaining watching the people running up to the traffic enforcement officers trying to talk them out of clamping their vehicle. If they hadn't gotten to their vehicle yet they allowed them to move. Those already clamped, Tough S**t.
  9. Most drivers in Cebu are considerate law abiding people and if it's marked NO PARKING or has a yellow painted curb they will not park there. That is unless of course they are driving a big White or Black SUV with limo-black tinted windows.
  10. SUCCESS, by adding a couple of tablespoons of white flour, a little olive oil and using some advise I got here about water, I was able to make corn tortillas and tostada bowls. Little or no cracking and they tasted just like in an authentic Mexican restaurant. No more need for a tortillas press.
  11. These sailors will have some "sea stories" to tell their grandkids. Because for the time being I'm sure they are under strict orders not to discuss what happened with anobody, not ever each other.
  12. With this giant snake worming it's way around the crowded streets of Cebu there are bound to be some accidents. Espically the way the motorcycles and peddle bikes try to sneak through the tightest opening and cut in front without giving a second glance. Let's just hope nobody gets killed in the process. It may end up that this road train causes more congestion on the roads than without it.
  13. I spent my entire career in commercial construction and close to half of it as the senior project manager for a large plumbing /mechanical contractor. It is not the job of the the government inspector to check that the work is done according to the contract. In my entire career I have never known any city, state or any other governmental inspector to look at the actual contract documents. What they do inspect is that the work is being preformed per local, state and federal codes, that the work is being done per the plans that were reviewed and stamped by the city engineers and part of the building permit. And that the materials meet the UL / FM or ASTM standards per local, state or federal codes. Realize that the codes are written to the minimum required standard and that is all they have the authority to hold a contractor to. However the Architect, Building owner, (or owners rep.) or Engineers of Record, (who is usually but not always the same as the Engineer who designed the building) can and usually do write more stringent requirements into the individual contractors contracts, scopes of work and specifications. These additional requirements need to be inspected and enforced by the Architects, Owner or their appointed private inspection firm. There is no way a city or state inspector could keep track of all the different requirements imposed by each owner for every job they inspects. Depending on the size of the projects they are assigned to, an inspector could inspect a dozen projects a day. And they are not on site all day everyday like a private inspector is. Some Architects/ Owners also require contractors to be pre-qualified before they can even bid many projects. This weeds out the bad contractors or those they feel are not qualified to bid the projects. These Pre-Quals can be extremely difficult to pass, requiring copies of financial records, bidders bonds, lists of equal size or complexity projects completed, references, copies of companies drug screening plans, low OSHA rating meaning no or minor claims and in some cases the names and experiences of key people who will be actually preforming the work. We had one person in our office who's job was to only deal with Pre-Quals due to the type of projects we targeted.
  14. Don't give them any ideas. Some backyard jeepney mechanic will take two old broken down jeepneys, Strip the undercarriage off of one and weld it to the top of the other. Makeshift ladder made of rebar attached to the back. Fancy paint job. PRESTO:::: Double Decker Jeepney.
  15. Smart move on the part of the Department of Science and Technology. Nothing gets Filipino's attention better and faster than the word FREE. Undoubtedly there will be lots of kinks to work out during the first year and lots of downtime, however the people will be more forgiving as long as they are getting something for FREE. I'm sure the jeepney drivers will go down fighting, but there days as the main means of transport are numbered, (at least in the city).