Contractor Demolishes Wrong House - Fine Homebuilding
previous
  • Electrical Articles & Videos
    Electrical Articles & Videos
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • Play the Inspector Game!
    Play the Inspector Game!
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
  • How to Install Housewrap Solo
    How to Install Housewrap Solo
  • Video: Build a curved step
    Video: Build a curved step
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • The Hobbit House and More
    The Hobbit House and More
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • Remodeling in Action
    Remodeling in Action
  • 9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
  • 12 Remodeling Secrets
    12 Remodeling Secrets
  • Shorten a Prehung Door
    Shorten a Prehung Door
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • Deck Design & Construction
    Deck Design & Construction
  • Buyer's Guide to Insulation
    Buyer's Guide to Insulation
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • The Passive House Build
    The Passive House Build
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
next


Contractor Demolishes Wrong House

comments (2) July 13th, 2009 in Blogs
Ed_Pirnik Ed Pirnik, producer

Video Length: 1:15
Produced by: Associated Press


I'm a big believer in modern technology but this just seems absurd. A Georgia contractor decided to forego the use of a good old-fashioned street address, choosing GPS instead, to locate a house scheduled for demolition. Trouble is, they got the wrong house.

You'd think a demolition contractor would first check that a structure is empty before proceeding with a complete tear-down. Had that been done in this case, crew members might have noticed the furniture and other personal possessions inside the house. Those clues alone would lead any sane person to perhaps inquire as to the veracity of the demolition approval or question a possible mistaken address. I highly doubt any individual whose home is about to be demolished, is likely to leave a lifetime of personal effects inside.

While we don't really cover demolition here at Fine Homebuilding, we have covered the fine art of salvage. For an interesting look at the gems saved from destruction by Vermont Salvage, have a look at Michael Dobsevage's piece, "What's Old Is New Again."

Become a Fine Homebuilding Member

to view this article and over a thousand more

Learn More


posted in: Blogs, salvage, demolition, demolish, demolished, salvaged, architectural salvage

Comments (2)

Ruth Ruth writes: omg, this is awful. would you be this calm if it happened to you? yes, he'll get $$$, but that can't possibly make up for this incredibly stupid error.
Posted: 4:36 pm on July 17th

mattfranklin mattfranklin writes: In Decision Analysis, you'd say that the quality of their decision was very poor because their information was very poor.

GPS is fun, novel, and high-tech... but apparently not sufficient for a decision of this magnitude.

If they don't pay up pronto (with damages), it's time to get the lawyers. Hopefully the contractor will make it right for the poor guy.


Posted: 5:26 pm on July 15th

Log in or create a free account to post a comment.