Three Stooges Construction Co.
I am an optimist by nature and a pessimist by life experience. In planning each step of my room design I estimated how long each step would take. I know through prior construction experience that whatever I estimate time wise I need to add time for “unexpected problems”. Sometimes even “expected” problems ( like the difference in the way my husband and I tackle a project) derail my time schedule the way it did this weekend while we were installing our new Wainscoting in the Dining Room for the “One Room Challenge.”
Expect The Unexpected
We planned to cover the Bead Board in the Dining Room with thin veneer between the top Dado and the base board moulding, add picture frame moulding and paint it, all this weekend. I convinced him it would be faster and easier to let Home Depot do all the cuts on the veneer and all we would have to do was to come home, glue it down and slap it up! Ha! (as in roflmao!). I measured both ends of each section in height, expecting the Dado to not be level all the way across.
What did not occur to me was to measure lengthwise on top and on bottom. The corners were not square and we had to sand them over and over till they fit correctly. We could not plane them because the thin veneer was splintering from the planer. That added a lot of time to the project.
The Best Laid Plans……
What do you do when a product fails to do the job as promised? I was, in fact, prepared for this eventuality! I did not want to nail up the veneer. It is labor and time intensive to sink the nails, wood patch the indents, sand…..you get it. I have used Liquid Nails many times on many projects with great efficacy. There used to be just one type but now they have an application for most every type of project.
I was planning on using the original but there was a display rack of their “panel” adhesive back by the vertical saw so I grabbed that. I expected to not have to use but a couple brads per piece but the stuff just would not adhere. This added a great deal of time to our construction as I had to go back with my nail punch and sink ALL those pesky brads! I had bought 3 tubes and had to go back for a fourth. The fourth tube I bought was in front at the paint department. Was I shocked when it stuck like crazy! so I am guessing the first 3 tubes were old from hiding in the back. I knew I should have grabbed four to begin with husband insisted that two were enough.
Me; how many tubes do you think we’ll need?
Me; are you sure?
Husband; Hurumph! Yes…I’m sure.
At Checkout ;
Husband; Did you get the Glue?
Husband; How many?
Husband: Hurumph! I said we only needed two.
Me; That’s why I bought three but I should have bought four.
Husband; Hurumph ! Why ask me if your going to do what you want anyway!
Me; I needed to know what you would say so I would know how many I should really buy.
We needed four.
Better to have too many than have to stop and waste time going back to the store for more product!
I Should See This Coming
I don’t know why but one unexpected problem I inevitably forget to schedule for is the “Three Stooges” effect. This comical effect occurs whenever my husband and I work together. We literally whack each other with lumber as we are trying to maneuver around a room. We do growl at each other a bit but many times we end up laughing at ourselves and how dysfunctional we can be due to our different ways of doing things. Take this weekends project of changing our Bead Board style Wainscoting to Picture Frame style Wainscoting in our Dining Room for the One Room Challenge.
A Typical Scene
(as we are trying to fit a pre cut veneer into an un squared wall section.)
Husband; (on one end of the piece) you got it? ( i assume he meant “a grasp” on the sheet of veneer).
Me; Okay…..( I have the other end of the piece)
Husband; okay…I got it too. (he meant aligned into the corner).
Me; (Pulling the sheet towards my corner) I’m short over here……
Husband; I asked if you had it !
Me; I do have it! (in hand, is what I meant, not in place!) It is not lining up!
Husband; do you have it now? ( pushing veneer toward my corner)
Husband; Is it in?
Husband; Look “Curly”, (referring to the Stooge, not my natural hair type), stop saying “okay” all the time. “Okay” means it’s done. Only say “okay” if it’s in place!
Our biggest problem is maybe that we do not speak the same language!
Another piece was overlapping the corner moulding on both his end and mine. I was pushing my end toward him as he was pushing his end toward me.
Husband; Get your Peanut Butter out of my Chocolate!
Me; Get your Chocolate out of my Peanut Butter!
All turned out in the end though……….
see all 5 weeks of the One Room Challenge
All Kidding Aside…..
I do enjoy working on projects with my husband. He is a macho confident guy but never treats me like a helper. quite the contrary. He trusts my judgement and skill. we do growl at each other some.. but we laugh a lot too. We laugh at ourselves for growling at each other or doing our “Three Stooge” routine… as he calls it.
Husband; Where’s the third stooge?
Me; We have four Stooges if you count the Sheppies! (their noses are always in the middle of what we are doing!)
LOL! I am sure you are familiar with this scenario to some degree! If you DIY with your sig other then you have experienced “the Stooge Effect” at some point. I hope you had a laugh and remember to never take it all too seriously…life is messy, laugh it off!
So long for now from me- Jeannee (curly), JT (Moe), Sophie (Larry), And Bella (Shemp) “Three Stooges Construction Team ” !