I’d hardly say this was a regular occurence, and even if it was it isn’t that big an issue. Watching someone weld does no permanent damage to your eyes, and you need to get reasonably close up to get ‘arc eye’ anyway. I’d be more concerned about burns in this case, but as I said, how often do you see people welding ‘in the midst of many little children’?[/quote]
Pretty often, actually. It’s probably not so bad in the north, but down here people weld out in front of their homes, often with little ones prancing around very close. The welders also have no protective gear whatsoever, except for their skin and eyelids. When the school where I teach was being built, the welders stayed in the middle of the playground during recess (yes, we were holding classes before it was finished, in the midst of the construction). Usually small groups of kids would gather around the welders to watch, and the administration did NOTHING. When I told the kids they had to stay away, the office staff looked at me like I was on crack.
What’s the big issue with this??It’s been done for centuries, and still is in probably every country in the world! Doesn’t make a building any more or less likely to fall down. What makes you think that the stuff that arrives in a nice shiny (chance would be a fine thing) lorry is any better?[/quote]
Maybe it does; the mortar is of irregular consistencies and is not applied evenly, causing large pockets with only air in them. I know bricks are porous, but really…
At least the stuff in the lorry is of consistent quality and is mixed continuously, and for the amounts of money that people pay to build here, it makes sense to attach some quality, does it not?
Hardly a construction technique unique to Taiwan![/quote]
Ah, but does that make it right? Really, what’s the point of building a drain in the first place if there will always be residual water on the floor?