CHAPTER 3

Law Two: Paper Is Cheaper to Change than Concrete

The old motto “Think thrice, measure twice, and cut once,” which my six-year-old Grandson has been taught to recite, is still valid for the carpenter engaged on a home project and it’s still valid, but more difficult to visualize, when scaled up to the industrial scale, when saving concrete or metal by “wasting” paper is equally relevant.

Being served a demolition order by the City’s Planning Office because the owners have rushed ahead and built a barn before getting the required permits, or starting early in building a large electrical cabinet before discovering that the German VDE regulations require a very specific and completely different component layout to a standard product, ...

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