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JUL 2013

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is information in the specs that is not included in the drawings. Dual Documents There is a common misperception that in the event that there is a conf lict This means that in standard contract documents, what is required by one is required by all. Neither a spec nor a drawing can sta nd a lone. A nd when we sta r t to understand how specs were developed, how they are written, and what they shou ld contain, we ca n understa nd how to use specs (and drawings) to our benefit. CP ew N Good Spec Guidelines So we know what information shouldn't be included in a spec. Well, what information should be included, then? There is a tenet of good specs that advises the specifier to: • Say it once. In other words, don't repeat information that already appears on the drawings in the specs and vice versa. Besides being redundant, doing so runs the risk that the information given won't be exactly the same, which may raise conflicts. Additionally, if information changes after the documents' initial preparation, it might be changed in one location but not the other, which will virtually assure a conflict. • Say it correctly. • Say it in the most logical location. This includes whether information appears on the drawings or in the specs, but it goes even further. The objective, of course, is to help ensure that the contractor can readily find the information that he or she needs to construct the project as the architect intended. The other way to look at this information is from the viewpoint of the document itself. The axiom for a wellprepared set of specifications is that they be: • Correct. • Complete. This is akin to the oath of a court witness being directed to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Correctness by itself is of no value if vital information is missing. • Clear. The information should be unambiguous, so that the meaning will be the same regardless of who is reading the documents. • Concise. This represents a tactic to help ensure that the specs are read in a timely fashion. between the drawing and the spec, the spec takes precedence over the drawing. Some people believe the specs give more information and are more enforceable than the drawings, which may come from the fact that the root word for specification is specific. However, this really is not true. They are complementary documents and, therefore, must be used in conjunction with one another. Simple. Durable. Accurate. Now Advanced models come with WiFi and PosiSoft Mobile for complete portability and expanded functionality. Made in U.S.A. Advanced model 1-800-448-3835 The Measure of Quality DeFelsko Corporation • Ogdensburg, New York +1 (315) 393-4450 • Write in Reader Inquiry #34 July 2013 g 23

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