Week 43 – No apology needed?

Here’s a funny thing about what happened with our blueprints and inspection and waiting for the engineer to give us the fix we needed to get passed our load bearing wall issue. When I tell people that story, they all have the same reaction(s):

“Well did the engineer apologize?”

“Are they paying for the new brackets/fix?”

“Do you get something for the time you’re wasting on their mistake?”

And the answer to all of those questions is no…though I imagine we were not charged for the “consultations” that ultimately led to the fix we now have in place.

When I tell people no, most are surprised. And Josh has explained to me that it’ “no one’s fault” because the trusses and rafters went through as separate orders, so there wasn’t one person looking over the whole plan to make sure everything was kosher.

But it seems like someone should have been…so it must be SOMEONE’S responsibility.

Maybe that means it was supposed to be ours?

I don’t know. In any case, it boils down to the fact that apparently no apology is needed or warranted. All we really need is the fix, and now we have it. In fact, all that back and forth, and waiting and questioning landed us on a fix that took Josh about an afternoon to install. So we lucked out even though we lost time.

What a paradoxical thing to write!

Nevertheless, the inspector returned Friday morning to check off the load bearing wall and handful of other requirements that Josh needed to change, and the second time was the charm as it passed with flying colors.

So now we insulate. And we just happen to have 72 packages of insulation stacked and waiting in the garage ready to go.

Josh assures me that just installing insulation tricks the mind into believing the house is warmer. I don’t believe it’s actually much warmer in there yet, but soon!

Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

One thought on “Week 43 – No apology needed?

  1. We live in a funny world that assumes just because something less than optimal happens (not always even bad or wrong) it must be someone’s fault. Good for you not to have need to place blame. Just get the right answer, fix the problem and move on. Stay warm.


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