... or are they still trying to discover the identity of that beaten and bloodied corpse found out in the woods behind the town hall a couple of days ago?
Bwaahaha! This guy is relatively new to the project and I thought I’d sensed a little humanity in him when we met previously. Unfortunately, he still works for the Evil Queen who hates our deck so we can only ask so much. He appreciates that the estimated revision cost is exorbitant, and I proposed several design changes that should lower the cost - although I had to guess where to focus, given that the deck builder refused to break down the estimate into components. He thought all changes sounded OK, although it won’t be 100% OK until we get formal approval.
After paying a few thousand dollars to outsource the bungled permit process, it is now all in my hands to deal with the engineer and Town as the design drawings get changed and hopefully approved, none of which happens for free. I told the general contractor that I need them to stay involved to manage the deck builder’s schedule and ensure he doesn’t charge for work that should be done for free, e.g. fixing things that don’t meet code. They give him lots of work so they can push him harder than I can.
So I’m currently marking up drawings for the engineer. Maybe we’ll get this done in 2019!