| > As with building a house, there just isn't any "doing it once and
| > doing it right".
| Well, I think that's only partially true. What about the
| plumbing? The electrical? If it's not right, what's the
I think I understand where you're coming from - and I think we're
talking crosswise. I agree with you on "right" and "wrong". I also
think that even when something is done "right", there is almost always
a way to do it "better".
In some cases there is only one opportunity to get something right;
and in others there it's possible to do a best possible first job and
return as often as might be desired to make improvements.
| Nothing lasts forever, but selecting the proper tools, materials and
| techniques and TRYING to just do it once beats doing it more than
| Especially when the first version of the job has to be removed, and
| second version tried.
True. I've discovered that darned near everytime I do something new, I
discover later (sometimes not much later, and sometimes even before
I'm done) some still better way it could be done. It doesn't seem to
matter whether I'm planting a garden, building a house, writing
software, or building a machine.
| I was a welder by trade. In that craft, a lot of times you get only
| chance to do it right, or you will mess it up. When doing welds
| require x ray testing, you get ONLY one try, and it has to be right,
| have to cut the whole thing out and do it over. Sometimes that
| difference of days of work. And lots of money.
I'm with you. Most of my career involved production of "mission
critical" software where anything less than absolute reliability meant
large financial damage or accidental deaths of innocent people. I
really do understand "getting it right" - but in the process of
getting it right, I frequently discovered better and more reliable
ways to do those same jobs - and nearly always realized better ways
still after the project had been completed and the customer
| I have always suggested to people "do it once, do it right" as a
| give it your best the first time instead of just putting a band aid
| problem, as so many people tend to do. Or just doing a half fast
A cabin, to me, is recreational living space. It's not a production
job - it's more like a piece of artwork in progress. To me, part of
the enjoyment would be continuing enhancement and improvement on a
schedule (or none) of my choosing. I think I'd even try to design
stuff so that it'd be easy to modify/improve...
| Just MHO, YMMV.
I certainly respect your work ethic and your desire to get it right
the first time. I think I'd approach a cabin a bit differently - but
this variety of perspective is what makes people interesting. I wish
you much satisfaction and enjoyment.
DeSoto, Iowa USA