Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Same But Different: Construction

One more reason Japan is awesome: the way they handle construction projects.

They're going to replace a transmission tower around the corner from our house. The tower is about 50 years old, and the ground is sand to a depth of something like sixty feet, so they need to drill further than that in order to set a solid foundation in bedrock.

They sent a representative door-to-door to explain the project (they came back a second time to find out what language I speak and a third time with an interpreter).

They're also taking pictures of the outside walls of houses closest to the project. That way, if the vibrations from the construction damages any of the houses, they know they are responsible.

It was also explained to me that when the guy comes to take pictures, he will ring the doorbell so I know he's there, and he may also bring the interpreter in case I have any questions.

That just impresses the heck out of me.

Not the tower in question, the post just looked naked without a picture.

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