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ASA President’s Message I can’t count the times I have walked onto a job and been I personally want to thank all the thousands of guniters and welcomed with the incomplete work of others. Though I shotcreters out there that are carrying the burden of this trait. don’t work in the pool industry, I’ve seen shotcrete crews A trait that is never stated in the guides and manuals we produce, face this type of aggravation a thousand times. That crew but is proof of the strength, commitment, and hard work our member had absolutely no idea that I knew exactly what he field crews do to get it done right. It is because of you our meant when he said “just another day as a guniter.” industry thrives and has a great potential for future growth. So what are you thinking right now? Here comes bad shotcrete? Two crew members came around the corner with a backup sump pump and proceeded to get it working on the water in the deep end. The guy who had snick- ered to me grabs some dobies and starts fixing the reinforcing steel at the back form. The second crew member fell in behind stringing the guide wires. Cus- tomary banter ensues as one member is told that it’s not necessary for him to watch the pump run. As the water level goes down in the deep end, the guys dobie up the reinforcing steel on the floor. The nozzleman starts getting his hose laid out, and tells a crew member, in a kind manner, to do something. More of the customary construction crew banter ensues…with language I don’t need to repeat. The nozzleman grabs the hose, uses an air-water blast to wet up anything that was dry and goes to work. He shoots in the floor and cove around the base of the wall and then moves on with some excel- lent bench gunning technique on the walls—maintaining clean reinforcing steel and a consistent receiving surface. A couple of finishers jumped in behind him and started cutting cove and face. Then the unbelievable happened: they shoveled the rebound and cuttings out of the pool. I went back about 2 weeks later and the pool shell looks great as it waits for the tile and plaster. There was no leaching, and the surface is free of cracks. Not really a surprise is it? We can all get together and make rules, exchange knowledge, make presenta- tions, slide shows, and safety plans, but if we can’t get shotcrete placement exe- cuted correctly in the field, what is it worth? This company’s crew displayed the element that is required of us all for success: “fortitude.” Without it, all the training, certifications, and knowledge are useless. Shotcrete • Summer 2015 3


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