It's amazing to see how he is blaming the designer
for his own mistake. The plans CLEARLY say "Trim inner sheer panel and chamfer panel to final length when fitting BWBB" (Back web back beam) It's right there in the photo!
so Mr Norson decides to trim the DECK! And then blames it on Bob Oram? He also tries to blame Bob for him making his bridgedeck supports too short. NOWHERE does it say to shorten the bridgedeck.
I've had many conversations with Bob about builders failing to read the plans properly. I'm sure it's the bane of many designers lives. The trouble is, this blog is going to be read by a great many people, and many will take it to be entirely true, which it is not.
I have to laugh at the way he describes VP structures as "first rate" and "outstanding" Which they are by the way, but I still have the e-mail he sent me,describing them as "Techno-snot" and the person he was dealing with as a "sales puke"!
It was only after I rang them and explained what he needed, which is basically a smaller version of my shed, (something he appeared to be unable to do) that things went smoothly.
I suggest you not take eveything you read in The Coastal Passage as being gospel.