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  •  but they had trouble getting quality rivets (8+ / 0-)

    and the steel plates could have been a better grade...
    plus it probably did not have full speed into an ice field as part of the specs... what the users do with the finished item is beyond the control of the designers...

    Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

    by IreGyre on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 12:37:17 PM PST

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    •  re: quality rivets & steel plates (3+ / 0-)
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      jim in IA, diggerspop, Rick Aucoin

      that's exactly the point my engineer family members bring up - usually when we're driving across some huge bridge.  All the horror stories come up then, or worse, in a tunnel.  Driving through Baltimore on the interstates with my blood pressure within normal range is nigh impossible, and not 'cause of the traffic -- it's a bridge or your choice of tunnels :)    

      Comfort the afflicted. Afflict the comfortable.

      by FindingMyVoice on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 02:09:03 PM PST

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