We’re not building a piano here!
On Friday I was helping install a gate opener when the fellow setting wedge anchors started cussing. He’d marred the head of the anchor to the point that he couldn’t get the nut off in order to set the opener’s frame on top.
When he asked for the grinder to remove the damaged top of the anchor, I said he should pull up the anchor and re-set a new one; which earned me a funny look. The anchor was set, holding, and he just wanted to cut 1/2″ off the top of an anchor.
What occurred to me at that moment was that I wasn’t thinking: With one past employer where my work was inspected, there was a policy in place to not cut anchors so that it was fast, certain, and easy to determine at a glance how deep they were set.
I suppose when one gets tired beyond a certain point, it takes more effort to think critically and one tends to fall back on their first lessons.
The anchor was holding so what matters?