westley at da-parish.com
Tue May 16 22:22:15 EDT 2006
Welcome to my daily world. Its no wonder that I ask my 5 and 7 year old to
explain some of these things to me- they have a better understanding of
these types of decisions for some reason.
Good luck and God Bless,
Here's one for those keeping notes on the FEMA trailer fiasco and waste of
money. While many are waiting for their first trailer, a friend relates this
story from Slidell. They have had their trailer since November and it has
wooden steps. Last week a FEMA contractor came and removed the wood steps.
He said that it was out of code because the handrail should be 36 inches
above the step and it was 34 inches. He replaced it with a metal staircase.
He was asked why they couldn't just nail a piece of wood on top the rail to
make it higher and he said that he didn't know. He was asked how much this
metal stair costs and he said about $2,700. So, FEMA paid a small fortune to
begin with for custom made wooden steps at each trailer and if they were
built wrong, the contractor gets to install a metal stair costing FEMA
$2,700. You know the actual cost of the stairs is just a fraction of that by
the time the prime contractor and all the subs in-between take their profit.
Worst part is, the person says the metal steps are steeper and easier to
trip on! Guess FEMA will come back in six months and replace with a $5,000
Can anyone stop the insanity!
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