Electricity for the Photo Shoot…the Sales Models

            One requirement sometimes not considered in scheduling the grand opening of the sales models for a multi-unit production tract housing or condominium project, is that electricity must be on for the interior and exterior photography shoot.

            Photographs are typically taken two or three weeks before the opening date so as to be included in the sales brochures and promotional ads that run in the real estate sections of local newspaper, and on the internet.

            Electricity must be on so that dining room chandeliers, hanging light fixtures in stairways, kitchen florescent lights, bathroom bar light fixtures and sconce light fixtures, and bedroom table lamps can provide lighting for the photography.

            Providing electricity two or three weeks earlier than the grand opening date can throw the sales models construction into panic mode if this requirement was not anticipated. 

            Normally, the approval to allow electricity to be provided for a project is not released by the city building department until construction is complete.  If the project is scheduled to continue construction right up to the grand opening date, the construction will not be far enough along at the time of the photo shoot to have a final building inspection, much less allow time for the utility company to set meters and turn on the electricity.  

            Some city or county building departments will make an exception for sales models and give a separate electrical inspection before the building final inspection.  This process allows the builder to get electrical power earlier than normal.

            This approach must be planned for ahead of time, however, so that the electrical inspection, the setting of the meters, the release by the city building department, and the bureaucratic process between the building department and the utility company all transpire to coordinate in-time for the grand opening.

            The fallback position is for the homebuilder to rent a generator to power the electricity to the sales models, with the project electrical contractor making the temporary connections at the electrical breaker panels.

            The mistake to avoid here is in thinking that the construction completion date and the sales model grand opening date can be the same day, unless the builder is planning on renting a generator.

            The construction completion date should be about three to four weeks before the opening so that electricity, as well as furniture and indoor plants can be in place for the promotional photography shoot.

The End-Times

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is there anything too hard for me?”                                                            (Jer. 32:26)

            During the first few centuries of the Christian faith, believers were subjected to periods of intense persecutions within the Roman Empire that were designed by Satan to wipe-out Christianity. 

            To be a Christian during these times often meant arrest and brief imprisonment, shortly followed by martyrdom.  New converts to the Christian faith lived under the threat of having only a few years or even months to enjoy a walk of faith before they were captured by the authorities and given the option of renouncing their faith or suffering the consequences. 

            History tells us that the steadfastness and courage of the small but resolute Christian communities that were scattered throughout the Roman Empire during these times of persecution, won converts among the populace who admired the resolute demonstration of the Christian’s convictions compared to the emptiness of their own polytheistic religions based upon idol worship and mythology.

            One of the effective lies that Satan concocted against Christians in these first centuries was the idea that the troubles and problems these societies were facing were caused in part by the stubborn refusal of the Christians to worship the pantheon of pagan gods that everyone else accepted and worshipped. 

            The civil authorities often used the Christians as convenient scape-goats to blame all sorts of government and social problems on. 

            Nero, the Roman emperor blamed the great fire in Rome on the Christians. 

            The Christian communion service or “love feast,” as it was sometimes called, was slandered as a form of cannibalism. 

            Christians were seen by the authorities as social outsiders who did not attend the temple services and thus brought down the disfavor of the gods upon their societies. 

            The real truth was that, apart from not participating in the temple services to worship pagan gods, the Christians were among the most law abiding and peaceable citizens in all of the Roman Empire. 

            History records that Christians were actually known within their small communities as being sociably charitable to needy non-Christian strangers and Christians alike, and to women and children, without prejudice. 

            This unselfish character trait that exhibited in action the love of Jesus Christ, enabled Christians to stand-out favorably among the people who personally knew them or knew of them.

            But this real truth about the first-century Christians did not prevent the misinformation campaign and persecution by the official government authorities.

            The question may reasonably be asked, did not God love these early Christians who were crucified, burned at the stake, forced to fight gladiators, and killed by wild beasts in coliseum arenas throughout the empire, at various times during the first two centuries of the faith? 

            This is an area where the world has no understanding or concept of the Christian experience. 

            These early Christians, some newborn to the faith for only a short time, thought it a privilege to suffer and die for the Savior who had given His life on the cross for them (Acts 5:41).  They knew without a doubt that Jesus was the Son of God and Savior of the world, and could not dream of renouncing Him before the Roman authorities or pagan temple priests to save their lives. 

            And the early Christians would not compromise the exclusivity of their allegiance to Jesus Christ as the only real God. 

            They would not agree to the very reasonable (from a worldly pragmatic standpoint) request of the authorities to worship and honor the pagan gods along with Christ. 

            The forgiveness of their sins and the new born-again spiritual life they enjoyed were of more value to the early Christian than anything else on earth. 

            This stubborn adherence to their Christian faith was incomprehensible to the worldly Greek/Roman culture of that day. 

            Christians sang songs of praise to God with uplifted arms as lions and tigers were unleashed upon them in the coliseum arena.  Brave Christian men came out during the daytime to walk the streets of Rome, risking capture and certain death in the arena, to procure provisions for the people living under the city in the catacombs. 

            This sometimes went on for periods of years during the great persecutions, during the reigns of some of the Roman emperors.  All of this is actual recorded history.  We can visit the Coliseum and the catacombs in Rome today.

            We do not fully understand why God allowed the life-plans of many of these early-century Christians to be so short-lived and to end in violent deaths. 

            These Christians evidently had enough internal peace and the courage of their convictions to stand-up and proclaim their faith against the onslaught of the entire Roman Empire.  They planted their flag of allegiance on the hill called Calvary and to their king and savior Jesus Christ, and would not be moved from this position. 

            What if they had caved-in to the pressures of death in the arena, and considered their lives here on earth more important than standing-up for their faith in the face of such relentless persecution?  The answer is that the Christian faith may not have survived. 

            With deadly precision Satan knew who to single-out as scapegoats, because he knows who the children of light are. 

            The Roman Empire did not aimlessly waste its time persecuting groups of people like the Macedonians, or Egyptians, or Spaniards, because these people belonged in good standing to the everyday worldly empire of greed, selfishness, ambition, and sinful pleasure that Satan controls. 

            The early Christians were persecuted because they were the New Testament church, the light of the world (Mt. 5:16), the Bride of Christ. 

            If Satan could get the early church to implode through persecution, he might impede or stop altogether the spiritual progress God was making in the world. 

            If Satan could not defeat Jesus at Gethsemane and Calvary, he might defeat God through these early Christians by intimidation and fear. 

            But God countered this evil strategy of Satan by empowering the unwavering and steadfast witness of the Christian’s faith in the face of this persecution. 

            Today we (in the wealthy and developed nations of the world) look back at the faithfulness of these early Christians with pride and celebration, yet their uncompromising courage and faith are difficult for us to relate to in our present-day, more normal pursuit of a peaceful and productive life. 

            If the modern-day Christian church is not raptured pretribulation, and experiences persecution in the last days, Satan may pull-out of his bag of lies this old lie that worked so well against Christians in the first centuries of the faith.  

            Christians may again be unjustly blamed for the problems of the world, this time by refusing to go along with everyone else and accept the mark of the beast. 

            This acceptance of the mark of the beast will be considered so reasonable and sensible by the world, in order to solve whatever political or economic problems exist at that time, that the stubborn refusal of Christians to go along will again be viewed as anti-social and subversive. 

            The mark of the beast will be a fallen, corrupted, worldly counterfeit version of the true spiritual unity between believers when we are “in Christ.” 

            The Christian’s discerning choice of the higher unity of the bond of the Spirit in love, and the rejection of the lower worldly counterfeit solution of the mark of the beast established through coercion and threats will not be understood nor embraced by the world. 

            There must be some motivating rationale for the whole world hating Christians as described in Matthew 24:9 “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you; and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” 

            This scripture cannot be addressed to the early Christian church, because the next verse says “And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another” (Mt. 24:10). 

            This did not occur among Christians in the first three centuries.  History tells us for the most part, at least up until the Decian persecution of 250 A.D. and the Great Persecution of Diocletian from 303 to 313 A.D., that Christians remained faithful to one another during the periods of intense persecution under the Roman emperors. 

            The bonds of friendship, loyalty, and love between Christians often grew stronger during times of persecution. 

            This backdrop provides historical context for a critique of one important cross-related scriptural problem with the concept that the Christian church will be raptured pretribulation.

Unity Forged Through Common Challenge

            The present-day Christian church has lost its way.  We are lost in the factions, schisms, and divisions of denominations and disagreements. 

            In this regard we are “yet carnal” (1 Cor. 3:3).  The early church warned us against this.  Somewhere along the past twenty centuries we lost the unity of brotherly love we are supposed to exemplify, exhibit, and enjoy as patterned for us in the Trinity. 

            As a group, we are currently as lost as the Israelites were as slaves in Egypt, or as lost as Joseph was as a prisoner in Pharaoh’s dungeon, or as lost as David was as King Saul chased him all over the countryside, or as momentarily lost as any of the other positive characters in the Bible waiting to find their true selves within the life-scripts composed by God for them. 

            This is not the Christian church that we are supposed to be. 

            We need outside supernatural help once again from God, to step-up into the challenge of a God-composed tribulation script of events designed to forge us into becoming the body of believers we were intended to be. 

            Just like the Israelites needed the parting of the Red Sea to jump-start them along their way to fulfilling their God-intended true destiny as the nation of Israel, the modern-day Christian church needs the intensity of first-century persecution and tribulation to focus on what is really important and to discard the unessential differences that divide us. 

            The shared experience of the adversity of the great tribulation is probably the only viable means that God can use to help the Christian church find itself, to capture its destiny and define itself as the expression of the character of Jesus Christ, in the purity of unselfish sacrificial love for each other and for the world. 

            This is the heartfelt final prayer of Jesus recorded in John 17, that His church of believers would become as one in the unity and bond of love like He and the Father are one.

            One of the reasons that the Christian church must face-off against the Antichrist during at least some of the tribulation is that this is the final opportunity for Christians to exhibit the Christ-like character trait of unselfish, sacrificial, un-offended love in opposition to nakedly exposed raw hatred. 

            Unlike the Israelites at the parting of the Red Sea, who were at the beginning of their character growth journey through the desert toward the Promised Land, the end-times Christian will be set-apart and remarkable by the advanced character trait of being able to powerfully love the unsaved and unbelieving last generation of people in the world, without any thought or care for their own personal safety, welfare, or social acceptance. 

            The genuine Christian in the last days will stand-out for their ability to not be offended by evil, persecution, and tribulation in the face of their calling to preach the gospel message of peace amidst the massive final deceptions of Satan through the Antichrist. 

            One of the remarkable and distinctive characteristics of the divine love of God is that it does not exclude people for any reason (Mt. 9:10-11), but instead reaches out with the transforming power of truth and genuine care to deliver people from their bondage to sin. 

            “Love the sinner but hate the sin” has been the working motto for genuine Christian service and outreach to a lost world for two thousand years. 

            This is one of the defining, authenticating attributes of the genuine Christian disciple that cannot be faked or counterfeited in the heat of persecution and tribulation (Acts 14:22; 1 Thes. 1:6-8). 

            Pure divine love rises above all forms of prejudice, unforgiving resentments, and hatreds because the invulnerability of selflessness contains nothing of substance that evil can take ahold of or latch on to. 

            Uncompromising love in the face of the fierce opposition of persecution will be one of the validating signs of the love of Jesus Christ exhibiting itself in the words, countenance, bearing, confidence, and Holy Spirit light of the end-times tribulation tested Christian, demonstrated horizontally towards people and vertically towards God.       

            If Jesus Christ can bring His church to the point of being able to demonstrate this high level of pure, unselfish love in contrast to the unjustified, deadly animosity shown toward Christians by Satan through the Antichrist, then what does this have to say about mankind’s recovery from its early defeat in the Garden of Eden? 

            This final head-to-head comparison of the expression of the overcoming divine love of Jesus Christ demonstrated in action through end-times Christian people, contrasted with the nakedly exposed malicious and unwarranted hatred of the Antichrist, puts all of the great past issues into perspective.

            John 20:21 reads “even as the Father has sent me, even so send I you.” 

            All of the narrative stories of positive faith in the Bible contain an extremely tight set of circumstances.  This is one of the features that authenticates and validates the proactive hand of God working within the lives of His saints.  The tight circumstances of a biblical journey of faith are purposed by the intelligent design of God to fall outside of the capacity of human creative invention. 

            The philosophy of deism says that God indeed created our natural world, but then backed off to a comfortable distance and has no active participation in our ongoing world.  The journeys of faith recorded in the Bible tell us just the opposite. 

            Through the totally unique and novel aspects of the narrowness of the cross experience (Mt. 7:13-14), God demonstrates that He is intimately active in the lives of people of faith in a way that is unimaginable within worldly conventional thinking. 

            God-composed journeys of faith reveal that they are singularly divine because the tightly structured series of events mirror the same finely-tuned precision that we discover in the force of gravity or the cosmological constant in our physical universe.    

            In light of the foregoing discussion of the incredibly tight circumstances surrounding the disposition of the Egyptians and the Israelites at the shoreline of the Red Sea, and the tight series of divinely orchestrated circumstances in Egypt that Moses and the Israelites experienced in their deliverance from bondage in Egypt…the question can reasonably be asked: “Is the timing of a pretribulation rapture tight or wide?” 

            Is a rapture of the Christian church, placed at the beginning of the tribulation, consistent with the biblical pattern of God nurturing and building faith through incredibly tight circumstances outside of human imagination and control? 

            Is a pretribulation rapture scenario an aberration, inconsistent with the biblical pattern of God’s precise interaction in our lives? 

            Does it reveal instead a wishfully optimistic scriptural interpretation of end-times biblical prophecy based upon human intellectual reasoning that misses altogether the spiritual insight that comes through an understanding of the narrowness of a journey of faith, via the cross?

            I believe that Christians currently engaged in journeys of faith following Jesus Christ will see in the days ahead that events and circumstances in their lives will tighten like never before, as preparation for the upcoming challenges facing the end-times church. 

            I believe that mature Christian men and women having a recent history of purchasing an active and living faith through the intensive training environment of tight and narrow life experiences following Jesus Christ, will be indispensable leaders and examples for at least some portion of time during the tribulation. 

            When the world starts to come apart, threatening the worldly conventional dreams and aspirations for normal life that are shortly coming to an end, the last remaining group of lost sheep will finally let go of the cares of this world, and respond to the gospel message of hope and salvation amidst even the most daunting of circumstances. 

            This message will be preached by courageous Joel 2:28-29 Christians who have the personal conviction of having “walked the walk” through their own God-led adventures of faith.

            I believe that every major, positive character in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, and all of the people of faith during the church age, including Christians in faith-propelled ministries of one sort or another today, have at some time in a personal and honest moment with God asked: “Do you really and actually know what you are doing, God?” 

            I believe that part of the last “great tribulation” is designed to resoundingly answer that question in a final and unimaginably tight and precise “yes” that will secure our faith, trust, and admiration for God for the rest of eternity.    

Temporary Power Pole Placement

            The placement of temporary power poles on the jobsite should be analyzed and planned so as not to be in the way of future concrete walkways and driveways, trenching for underground utilities, and large landscaping trees.

            The builder should attempt to avoid the common occurrence toward the completion of the project of having to move one or more temporary power poles, not only costing money, but disrupting electrical power to a portion of the project while it is moved to another location.

            For high-density condominium and apartment projects, and for large multi-unit tract housing, the initial placement of temporary power poles so as not to interfere with any future construction activities, can be difficult because of the scarcity of open, unused space within the completed project. 

            These projects often have most of the available space filled-up with walkways, driveways, courtyard patios, common area parking, recreation and swimming pool areas, and landscaping.

            For tight projects with limited space such as these it is sometimes best to have the civil engineering surveyors stake the locations for temporary power poles as a separate distinct activity, or along with and in addition to some other early staking activities that brings the surveyors out to the jobsite.

            The builder must spend some time at the start of the construction determining the desired locations for temporary power poles, so their exact locations can be plotted and laid-out in the field.

            For detached tract housing the exercise of choosing locations for power poles is made easier by the leftover open space on each lot.  But the builder still needs to ensure that the temporary power poles are out of the way of concrete driveways and walkways, as well as the underground utilities.

God Sees Us Differently Than the World Sees Us

            The concept of unselfish love, that costs us something in the giving up of some of ourselves in deference to others, could not be more starkly contrasted in the callous and uncaring attitude of the Egyptians towards the Israelites. 

            The Israelites were not supposed to be slaves.  This was not their destiny as intended by God.  They were the future nation of Israel, the apple of God’s eye (Zech. 2:8), a blessing to all of the nations (Gen. 18:18). 

            But the Egyptians couldn’t care less about the Israelites or their future potential as individuals or as a nation.  The Egyptians only cared about themselves. 

            The Egyptians were all about other people serving them.  They were the epitome of cold-hearted, worldly self-advancement at the expense of others.  Their self-centered attitudes and actions were the direct opposite of perfect love.  They were the diametric opposite of the unselfish and pure love expressed within the Trinity, which God was about to attempt to bring into the realm of human experience on a larger scale through the creation of the nation of Israel. 

            No amount of clear reasoning, or logical appeal, or supernatural signs through catastrophic plagues could break through the worldly self-centeredness of the Egyptians.  They cared only about keeping the Hebrews in bondage as slaves under their control. 

            God judged this destructively hate-filled character trait of Satan’s approach to the use of power, demonstrated in action through the blindly self-centered attitude of the Egyptians towards the Israelites, with powerful finality at the parting of the Red Sea.    

            At some point in time during the previous ten plagues brought upon the land of Egypt leading up to the release of the Israelites, the Egyptians became stubbornly hardened beyond reach.  The Egyptian chariot army, poised to attack the Israelites camped on the shoreline of the Red Sea, were well beyond the sympathetic and loving outreach of God. 

            If the nation of Egypt at that time could not be reasoned with through the obvious hand of God evidenced through the supernatural ten plagues upon their land, then they were beyond the reach of self-evaluation, repentance, and redemption (Ex. 1:8-14; 7:3-5). 

            Pride and self-centeredness pushed-out the capacity for repentance.  The Egyptians could no longer empathize or feel compassion for the Israelites.  They had lost the ability to care about others. 

            The Egyptians had no fear, no respect, and no reverence for the word of God.  This is our lost-in-sin condition at its worst.  The Egyptians were in a total state of unbelief, polarized in spiritual blindness beyond salvage. 

            God knows that following Satan leads to oblivion.  God tried but could not break through to the Egyptian nation, even using powerful signs and plagues.  Sadly, the only recourse for God to do with the incurable threat of the Egyptian army was to drown it in final judgment in the Red Sea. 

            Otherwise, the Egyptian chariot army might have merely driven north around the Red Sea, and attacked the Israelites on the other side. 

            This may be a preview of the last days.  For some people the twenty-one scroll, trumpet, and bowl judgment plagues of Revelation, like the ten plagues in Egypt, will have no effect (Rev. 9:20-21; 16:9). 

            The pivotal question for all Christians to consider as they study the end-times biblical prophecies is can this massive final confrontation between good and evil occur, with all of its force and impact, without the main Christian church on the earth for at least some portion of the seven-year tribulation? 

            Can God perfectly choreograph the events of the end-times tribulation period, separating good from evil, demonstrating His redemptive love, and exposing the need for final judgment, without the modern-day equivalent of the Egyptians and the Israelites both being present in full-strength along the banks of the Red Sea at the same time? 

            Would the start of the parting of the Red Sea a day or two earlier, facilitating the easier escape of the Israelites without the pressure of their impending doom in the visible presence of the nearby Egyptian army, have diluted and thereby spoiled this classic encounter between good and evil, mediated so decisively by the supernatural deliverance of God in opening up the Red Sea? 

            Can the hatred that is generated against Christians (Matthew 24:9), the debate that occurs between the little horn of Daniel and the saints of the Most High (Dan. 7:20-21), the final and glorious deliverance of the church through the rapture (1 Cor. 15:51-53; Mt. 24:40-41), and the scroll, trumpet, and final bowl judgments of Revelation all occur without God bringing them all perfectly together in close proximity in time and space? 

            Do all of the antagonists have to be fully in place on earth for the final conflict to have lasting impact and resolution? 

Wind-Screened Fences

            Some housing construction projects are required to install temporary chain-link fencing around the perimeter property-line of the building site for the duration of the project.

            Nylon wind-screen covering the fence might also be required or added by the builder to enhance the appearance of the fence and the project.

            On one particular large condominium project I worked on as the superintendent, adjacent to a golf course, about 700 lineal feet of wind-screened chain-link fence was installed by driving the vertical steel posts into the ground.

            This entire length of fence blew over twice during the windy season.

            At a considerable expense to repair each time, the builder finally removed the wind-screen portion of the fencing.  The money that was spent putting the fence back up twice could have paid for originally setting the posts in concrete, thus allowing the more attractive green-colored wind-screen to remain.

            Suggestions to prevent the fence from being blown over by the wind are:

  • Set each post in concrete
  • Set every other post in concrete
  • Give the fence a 45-degree jog in the shape of a “V” every 100 feet or so
  • Use diagonal braces to support the offset posts at the point of the “V”

No Shadow of Turning in Perfect Love (James 1:17)

            One of the developments that has resulted from the steady progress of modern Christian theology is a more insightful understanding and articulation of the concept of the Trinity (Mt. 3:16-17; Jn. 1:32-34). 

            This understanding of the relational friendship and love enjoyed between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for all eternity sheds light on the concept of unselfish and giving love, perfect in its expression within the fellowship of the Triune God. 

            A God who has been alone since eternity could not claim to have much credibility in the area of understanding perfect friendship and love. 

            But a singular God who knows how to exercise perfect love in friendship and harmony within the complex nature of the three distinct Persons of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit gives us a better understanding and comprehension of many of the core doctrines, teachings, and truths of the Bible. 

            “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God” combined with “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,” makes more sense in the light of a model of unity, friendship, and love expressed within the Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit since before time began. 

            A God whose program is based upon getting us back into a condition where He can unselfishly share with us the same quality of love He enjoys within the Trinity, adds that one helpful additional element to our understanding of the motivation behind God’s composition of our journeys of faith.

            In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus asks the Father: “if thou be willing, remove this cup from me” but then surrenders His own personal preference in deference to the ancient course of action planned by Himself, the Father, and the Holy Spirit working closely together as a team to provide salvation for mankind through the cross and the resurrection. 

            Jesus frames the classic sentiments of unselfish, sacrificial love by going on to say: “nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done” (Lk. 22:42). 

            This is one of the fundamental realities that is at the best and highest of the human experience. 

            In entering into a successful marriage, both husband and wife must lovingly and willingly surrender some of themselves to the wishes of their partner.  Part of the expression of love is this willingness to please the other person in the giving over of our own will and way, not just to maintain harmony, but because we genuinely care about the other person’s wishes and desires. 

            The same thing occurs in maintaining a healthy friendship. 

            We cannot enjoy a close friendship with another person if we insist upon having our way all the time.  In meeting other people “half-way” in the making of plans for the weekend, or in taking vacation trips together, or in simply deciding where to get together for lunch, the exercising of a humble spirit of compromise and unselfishness goes a long way toward building close and mutually respectful friendships that can last a lifetime. 

            Jesus Christ the Son of God surrenders a portion of His momentary preference to explore the possibility of another option, to the eternally larger plan and scheme of salvation through the cross. 

            This is deference to the will of the Father and love for His neighbor…human beings (as a result of His Incarnation into the human race), in perfectly executed fulfillment of the commandments of the law and the prophets (Mt. 7:12). 

            In Gethsemane and at Calvary, Jesus loses some of His individuality, His personal request to the Father to “remove this cup of suffering.” 

            But in the highest and most sublime sense, in doing so, He gains back His individuality in defining Himself as the sacrificial atonement for sin, the Passover Lamb of God Savior for all eternity.  The self-sacrifice of the cross defines for all times the essence of truth, righteousness, and love. 

            The power, beauty, and rightness of the plan of salvation amazingly take precedence over the individual wishes of even the divine Son of God living in a human body. 

            This places Jesus Christ at the forefront as our leader in this regard. 

            When we give up something of ourselves, in a marriage relationship, in a friendship, within the structure of a healthy family life, and in a God-composed journey of faith following Jesus Christ according to His higher plans and not our own, we are experiencing one of the highest character traits leading to peace and goodwill for all eternity. 

Keys to Storage Bins

            Subcontractors should notify the jobsite superintendent in advance when a storage container bin, full of materials, is being delivered to the jobsite, and instruct the bin delivery person what to do with the keys.

            An occasional occurrence on a construction site is for a particular worker to ask the jobsite superintendent on the first starting day for that particular building trade, if the superintendent has the keys to open their bin.

            Whenever a subcontractor’s storage bin is delivered to the jobsite, the superintendent should ask the delivery person if the bin contains materials and is therefore locked, or empty and therefore unlocked, and what if anything are the instructions regarding keys to locked bins.

            The problem to avoid here is placing the jobsite superintendent in the position of being clueless as to the situation regarding storage bins, locks, and keys, which the superintendent should not be involved in, but nevertheless becomes involved in by virtue of often being the only person present to receive the delivery of the subcontractor’s storage container bin and to direct its placement on site.

            The communication fiasco of not being able to start the work smoothly because the subcontractor failed to coordinate clearly who had the keys to the storage bin, can be avoided by the simple policy of requiring subcontractors to notify the superintendent when storage bins are being delivered, and what if anything to do about the keys to fully stocked, locked bins.

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