The building industry never ceases to amuse us with its colorful characters and creative solutions. The following is our collection of images, jokes and videos that have crossed our path.
For thousands of years, asbestos has been mined and used in numerous applications. From it’s earliest uses as a fibrous reinforcement for earthenware pots, to it’s uses as a fire-resistant cloth, to it’s latest uses as thermal and electrical isolation. What was once considered a wonder material, asbestos became the source of much scrutiny within the last 50 years as a cause of severe lung disorders. What a difference time can make in the building industry.
“The first thing you’ve got to remember is that it’s your client’s money you’re spending. Your goal is to achieve the best results by following their wishes. If they want you to build a house upside down standing on its chimney, it’s up to you to do it. “- Richard Morris Hunt, founding member of the American Institute Architects
An engineer dies and reports to hell. Pretty soon, the engineer becomes dissatisfied with the level of comfort in hell, and starts designing and building improvements. After a while, they’ve got air conditioning and flush toilets and escalators, and the engineer is a pretty popular guy.
One day God calls Satan up on the telephone and says with a sneer: “So, how’s it going down there in hell?”
Satan replies: “Hey things are going great. We’ve got air conditioning and flush toilets and escalators, and there’s no telling what this engineer is going to come up with next.”
God replies: “What??? You’ve got an engineer? That’s a mistake – he should never have gotten down there; send him up here!”
Satan says: “No way. I like having an engineer on the staff, and I’m keeping him.”
God says: “Send him back up here or I’ll sue.”
Satan laughs uproariously and answers: “Yeah, right! And just where are you going to get a lawyer?”
Two engineering students were walking across campus when one said, “Where did you get such a great bike?”
The second engineer replied, “Well, I was walking along yesterday minding my own business when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike. She threw the bike to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, “Take what you want.”
The second engineer nodded approvingly, “Good choice; the clothes probably wouldn’t have fit.”