I have a simple, accurate way to document the
placement of the framing, wiring and plumbing
parts that go into a construction project: photographs.
If I see the possibility of future remodeling,
or special use for a particular wall (such as
carrying a row of cabinets), I photograph the
wall before the drywall installation. If possible, I
stretch a tape measure in a corner of the photo
to give me a scale. When excavation is part of
the job, I take pictures of the water lines, septic
systems and other underground utilities.
Over the years I have saved many hours and
avoided a lot of mistakes by referring to my
photo file. When I’m done with a job I leave the
photos with the owners in a package that includes
the plans of their projects. I retain the
negatives in my file.
Howard Furst, Bellingham, WA