Saturday, 15 December, 2001

Finish Work

Stain grade door molding costs about 65 cents a foot at Home Depot.  Cheap, until you multiply 65 cents by the number of feet you need to complete the job.  A standard door is about 80 inches high and 30 inches wide.  To trim one side of the door you need two pieces about 83 inches long and one piece about 36 inches long.  Call it 17 feet per side, or 34 feet per door.  Multiply by 7 doors.

I've never been much of one for finish work, but it turns out that's the most expensive kind of labor to hire.  So today I installed trim on 5 doors (I'd done the other two previously).  My back aches, my hands are sore, and I have a few smashed fingers, but the trim's up, looks good, and I have the satisfaction of knowing that I'm not a complete klutz.  Debra followed behind me with the wood putty to cover up the nail holes.  We can start sanding tomorrow and then we break out the paint.

This garage conversion is taking much longer than we expected, but that's what you get when you don't have a schedule.  Just like a software project, if you don't have a schedule then you're just fooling around.