Monday, April 30, 2007

As long as it's not phlegm, we can fix it.

The above was the punchline for any mistake in the punchlist today. Someone of our merry band of four (the project engineer from the contractor, one of the owner's reps, the electrical engineer, and me) described a passionfruit as having "seeds surrounded by phlegm", and it was all downhill from there. On a good punchlist, most of the stuff that needs fixing are small dents in the drywall and mistakes in paint. Sometimes, the paint is too thin or you can see brush strokes in the paint. Sometimes the paint forms in blobs that need to be sanded or cleaned off. Sometimes sealant between casework and a wall or at a windowsill blobs onto another surface or dribbles down. Those blobs (of whatever substance) need to be removed.

We're never sure what to call these blobs when typing the punchlist. Usually, it's up to me, the "articulate" one, to come up with an appropriate name for these blobular blemishes. I usually say something like, "Remove excess paint drippage from windowsill." However, necessity is not just the mother of invention; it is also the crazy aunt of creativity. Other names that have been offered up for the paint and sealant drippage:
  • paint boogers
  • goobers
  • gunk
  • funk
  • phunk
  • ook
  • blobs
  • pooky

That last one was offered up by one of our party with small children.

We spent some time this morning backchecking rooms that weren't ready to check at earlier punchlists. Then, we checked the patient wing. For some reason, even it still took about 6 hours to get everything done. By the end of it, we were worn down, which is a hazard. A hazard not just in terms of being tired while driving home, but also a hazard in that one doesn't check things as closely as one should. Unlevel ceiling grid and unaligned cabinet doors sail under the radar, and operation of faucets don't get checked; there needs to be an overt hole in the wall or an entire door missing for something to be noticed. By the very end, my electrical engineer, Ursula, didn't even notice that an entire light fixture was missing in a bathroom. I happened to notice because here salt-n-pepper hair wasn't glimmering like it usually did under the compact fluorescent can lights. I pointed it out, she looked up, and said, "Huh. Good catch, Pix."

However, the building looks fan-freaking-tastic.

6 comments:

ms. kitty said...

Good grief, I always learn something new from you, Pixie!

BaxterWatch said...

tired = over the details.

i was so tired on my 2.5 hr drive to a seminar this morning, i took the wrong exit and had to go 5 miles in the WRONG direction before the next exit showed up so I could back track.

I then elected to stop and get some munchies (mmm. coke and tootsie rolls - its whats for breakfast. puke)

and then, at the seminar, I turned into Molly McKlutz, knocking into tables, tipping over water pitchers and basically impressing the heck out of my fellow attendees.

home is good. bed is better.

faded said...

If it is not phlegm how would you do a punch list inspection a "phlegmish" bond brick wall?

faded said...

MHP, did you check to see if the emergency generator started and the transfer switch worked while you were doing the punch list?

I have a friend who was the facility manager for a brand new building that housed a call center for 400 people. The had been in the building 1 week and there was a power failure. The backup generator failed to start and the transfer switch on the ups batteries failed. Oops.

Miss Kitty said...

"This...is..shoddy...WORKMANSHIP! Take it out, take it out, take it all out!"

Oh. You don't really get to use those lines while punching...do you?

Mile High Pixie said...

Kit: Anytime, sister. Anytime.

Bax: You ain't lying. One time when driving to Wheatlands at 5am, I ran out of lane and cut off a log truck on the interstate. He flashed his brights at me several times, and I don't blame him a bit.

Faded: Funny you should say that. They were testing the generator as we were punching, so we weren't able to check all the lights because they kept cutting the power. Our MEP folks have been really diligent about testing and troubleshooting their systems.

Kitty: If I used that line (which is still my favorite), my contractor would laugh my short ass off the jobsite.