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Posted by Mary in PA on 9/9/2010

Along with backfill activities, we had our lumber delivery. I had already checked with the framer to see if he had a preferred location for the pile, and since he would be working with a motorized lift, he expressed no preference. On the high ground in the center of the driveway circle I set out some scrap pallets we had collected for just this purpose. I wasn’t sure when the delivery would be along the next day, but since I would be at the site all day, anytime was good for me.

 

Well, the next day when I was pulling into the site at 7:30 am, I was somewhat surprised to see the last of the lumber being offloaded from the truck. Unfortunately it was being set down right next to the building on a rather low area of bare dirt. The driver did put down some scrap 2x4 under the banded piles, but it looked like not the best spot to me. The driver told me he had called the yard to see if they knew where I wanted the lumber placed, but they didn’t. So he placed it as close as possible to the building because he didn’t know what equipment the framer would have. At least he was making good judgments with the limited info he had to work with. It’s a shame the guy at the lumberyard didn’t take a moment to call me. I guess I should have posted a sign at the site so that even if I wasn’t there the information would be available to the driver. Well it was on the ground now, so there was nothing to do but work with it as is.

 

The driver was quickly reviewing the paperwork with me when he casually remarked that there was no treated lumber in the order, and he noticed that the foundation didn’t yet have a sill plate. As soon as the words were out of his mouth I realized I had screwed up! The framer was scheduled for the next morning and he would need the treated 2x6’s first thing, and at 16 ft in length, it wasn’t something I could just run out and pick up. Fortunately, a call to the lumberyard yielded a late-day delivery of the needed materials - and with no extra delivery fee. Nice service! I made sure to tell the owner of the lumberyard that I appreciated his service and that his driver was a great guy and really saved me by taking the initiative to comment on the lack of treated lumber. Kudos to the driver!

 

I keep a simple spiral-bound notebook with my notes, to do’s and such for the project. I looked back over the notes I had regarding the lumber order. After reviewing them, I recalled how our phone conversation had gotten pretty detailed on the type/quality of lumber and soaring prices for OSB, and I saw that the line item for the treated lumber just plain got overlooked. Lesson learned: After ordering, double-check the order paperwork against drawings or specs, especially for big ticket or long-lead items.

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Tarps for OSB (background) and lumber.
Cleaned up & backfilled site ready for framing.



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