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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Do it Right the First Time

UAS Construction Update for 12/01/2016

Do it Right the First Time - UAS Entrance Sign

While unpacking the parts to our new UAS sign, we discovered that two of the letters were damaged during shipping. 

 

Damaged Letter A
Damaged Letter A
 

 

The whole story can be told by just looking at the shipping crate.  

 

Sign Crate - See bottom where it has been damaged
Sign Crate - See bottom where it has been damaged
 

The story would go something like this:

It had been a long week at the grind stone and “Todd” was tired and wanted just to get the job done and go home.  Todd’s boss had been riding him for days now to pick up the pace or there would be no Christmas bonus.  The shipping crate was very long, over 10-feet and the forks on Todd’s fork lift were only 4-feet long.  Stopping to change over to the 8 foot long forks would take another 10 minutes.   That’s 10 minutes that Todd couldn’t bear to take with so many other crates waiting to get loaded, the sound of Todd’s boss shouting in the background and the longing call of his reclining chair at home.  Todd read the freight sticker and saw that the crate was very light and the crate was built out of  OSB (Oriented Strand Board) which is tuff stuff. Have you ever tried to hammer a nail through OSB?  Todd figured he could gently lift the crate without switching to the longer forks.   So Todd picked up the crate and all was going well until he heard a loud “POP”.  Todd loaded the crate, finished his shift and went home without telling anyone. 

The POP that Todd heard was the tips of the forks on the fork lift punching through the OSB and damaging some letters of our UAS Sign.  OSB is made by gluing small shavings of wood together and it is very tough.  However, when it does break, it does so without warning like a piece of chalk snapping.    So there would be no warning sounds coming from the crate before it was too late.  Todd may have save himself 10 minutes, but it will now cost the Manufacturer, Freight Company, Insurance Company and UAS much more time and money to fix the couple of damaged letters. 

The moral of the story:   Do it right the first time.

The Contractor is now installing the remaining sign letters next week the electrician will wire it all up.   Please be patient if our sign is missing a couple of letters until we can get them repaired or replaced.

 

Letters going up Today
Letters going up Today
 

Contact Nathan Leigh with any questions  nleigh1@uas.alaska.edu

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