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October 4 - October 10, 2010

In what circumstances is third-party inspection is justified on commercial coating work?

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From Barry Barman of Barry Barman & Associates on October 13, 2010:
The operative word in the question is "justified." The cost of litigation, dispute resolution, or even a modest amount of rework is very high in comparison to the cost of third-party inspection. In my 25+ years as a consultant providing expert services to both plaintiffs and defendents, seldom has there been a case where third-party inspectors had been present during surface preparation and coatings application.

From Chuck Pease of MMI Tank on October 8, 2010:
When specified by the owner,architect, or engineer and called out in the project specifications,or in cases as described by Tom above.

From Thomas Selby of Retired on October 8, 2010:
Third-party inspection should be called for on all labor- and material-warrantied work and difficult-to-recoat surfaces in the field such as work installed over water or structures elevated high in the air. This third-party inspection should include shop-applied and field-applied coatings. Sometimes, steel primed in the shop that was specified to have a zinc-rich primer comes to the field with an alkyd primer applied to it.

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