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Caleb James

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#1 posted 12-31-2012 06:45 PM

Liked the story. My father was a home framer for 30+ years. I did lots of work with my dad in the summer time and weekends. I remember how with about 3 to 4 swings those nails where in. I couldn’t understand why my swings didn’t do the same thing. I somehow thought swinging harder was the answer but that never worked either. Nothing beats doing that one action a million times. Practice make perfect is so true.

My dad is quite aged these days. We live along way apart and when he needed an addition and repairs done to his home he paid to have it done. Took him about 7 or 8 years to accept that he just didn’t have it in him anymore to do the work himself. It was really disappointing to me when the workers completely did a shoddy job on everything, because he was so upset. He couldn’t believe that “carpenters” did work like that these days.

When I higher a contractor to do anything. I look for the oldest guy in the bunch to hire. I don’t care if he is slower or if he uses help as long as he is overseeing it then it never seems to fail to be the right one to go with. Every time I go the other route I have been burned.


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