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Deleting the task and recreating it probably worked because the hours (8 hours per day) were reset. What likely happened is that you were adjusting resources and/or durations and the hours automatically adjusted due to having a task type of ‘Fixed Work’ and/or ‘Effort Driven’ selected for the tasks. Insert the ‘Task Type,”Effort Driven,’ and ‘Work’ columns. All tasks with resources assigned will show the number of hours based on the duration of the task and how many resources are assigned (two resources for 2 days should be 32 hours, whereas one resource for two days would be 16 hours). If the tasks are ‘Fixed Work,’ when resources are deleted the duration will automatically adjust (i.e., what once took 2 days for two resources to complete will now take 4 days for one person to complete). Additionally, a fixed work task with a resource assigned will maintain the number of work hours once a resource is assigned (i.e., assign a resource to a two day task [16 hours] and extend the duration to 5 days – the 16 hours will stay the same). Similarly, if a task is effort driven, adding more resources to a tasks will automatically shorten the duration of a fixed work task.
Our workaround to maintain control over the task duration and hours is to ensure tasks default to ‘Fixed Duration’ and are NOT Effort Driven. This gives us more control of our schedule to prevent automatic adjustments to durations and/or work (hours).
If you insert the ‘Work’ column and see that things are not adding up for other tasks, simply delete the duration and reinsert it and that should reset it (when Project is behaving).
Hope this helps explain things!