Wants it done by the book? You mean to tell me there are construction standards for a project you agreed to do? Then you decided not to do them, and he wouldn't let it slide? Shame on him! If you accept a project, and the construction standards that come with them, then adhere to such. Don't complain after you get caught taking shortcuts. What is acceptable on one project is not always acceptable on every project. Working with these power co-ops you will run into more strict construction practices. Do it the way they want done, or move on to a different project. I can't think of any project/job where you can just ignore what the person in charge wants done.