Voices: Field Notes

Don’t Kowtow To A Contractor

Learn how to deal with difficult constructors and vendors

By Dirk Willard, contributing editor
Oct 9, 2019

The construction manager thought he was in control, although he only was a contractor. Unfortunately, I was stuck with him. I asked him to install the pump first so we’d have an anchor point. He said that’s not the way they do things. I told him that’s how I wanted it done. So, he complained to my boss. This is the kind of response you get when a constructor is too ingrained.

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