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Construction Nightmares: Jobs from Hell and How to Avoid Them (Book +eBook combo)

Product Code/ISBN: 9781557016034

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Arthur F. O'Leary, FAIA, MRIAI, a 40-year construction project veteran, relates actual jobs gone bad from the world of construction, dealing with plans, extras, delays, interference, scheduling, change orders, defective construction, inadequate supervision, incompetent contractors and just about every other problem that could happen on a construction job.

After you find out what went wrong and how it went wrong, you get a clear legal analysis explaining the tools and procedures to use to untangle the mess. For example, you'll see how to use mechanic's liens to your advantage, the proper way to use a bonding company, insurance coverage checks, contract preparation and negotiation strategies and much more.

Packed with real-life case examples describing nightmares like these:

  • The mysterious retaining wall collapse
  • Earthquake damage or liable defect
  • The case of the fraudulent shop drawings
  • The contractor who hired his high school buddy
  • The corrupt inspector and the crooked estimator

If you'd rather learn from the bad experiences of others - rather than suffer the pain yourself, consider this book as a guide through a small glimpse of construction hell. Hopefully, by reading this book and learning, it will be a place you never have to visit.

Customer Reviews:

"Interesting and very involving. Not dry information at all. Story-result-solution. Like it."

"Very good book. Very informative with real life examples to illustrate potential litigation outcomes. Very helpful in determining if I should pursue litigation against a client."

"The authors have done a really good job for coherent and thoughtful stories of some common and uncommon problems each side involved in a contract faces during the construction period. I had a much better understanding of procedures and legal issues after studying this."