Thursday, April 25, 2013

Boat Work

What do they say about icebergs? Ninety percent of them are unseen, below the surface? Did Captain Edward John Smith have this information on that fateful night on the North Atlantic? Sometimes knowing the big picture in advance is quite helpful. Back a few years, we went room by room through our house renovating it. We replaced many of the old horsehair plaster walls with sheetrock. I got to hate drywall dust; it got everywhere. I did learn one of the great facts of life, however, in the process. Most things in life take twice the time, if you want the job done right. I'd look at a room and tell Elenka this looks like a job that we can knock off in a week. Don't I wish. Doing it right would take us at least two weeks, maybe more. This is still a philosophy I employ today, sheetrocking or not. 
So, got a big job, like the below-surface scrapping of this vessel, dry-docked off of Commercial Street?
Double your work time. It'll ease your pain.

18 comments:

  1. this makes a wonderful abstract. mr. brattcat is right with you when it comes to sheetrock.

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  2. You got the time right. Don't get in a hurry or on a tight schedule if you want the job done right. Anybody who has ever painted a bathroom knows that.

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  3. Growing up in Illinois, we lived in a very old house that my parents were constantly remodeling. I feel like I grew up in sheetrock dust.

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  4. You did it again! Such a sense for color and composition!!! Yep, most jobs take more time than you think.

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  5. Everything seems to take longer than you think!

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  7. Good reminder in this super sonic speedy techno world we live in. I appreciate real artistry more these days!

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  8. Better yet, hire someone else to it, then grab a beer and a good book!

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  10. Oh how I agree with you on this issue -- barbara

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  11. Have just re-learned that lesson about doubling the work time . . .!

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  13. So true & I so often mis-judge time & effort in projects.

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  14. And if you're getting a tradesman in to do the job you can add another two weeks to that Birdman :) loooove that image, the colours are delicious!

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  15. Good advice...or as Mr. Brattcat sometimes tells me, "That is a job you might want to hire out."

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