On Wed, 1 Oct 2008 18:25:27 -0700 (PDT), Tom Watson
Nice rant Tom. ;-)
Since I'm still out there trimming homes I can relate to a lot of it.
Ideally, if you're manufacturing the rail, I think you want grain and
color to match. Out here in the field, the railing that we see (from
4 different major manufactures) is made of so many pieces that there
is no way to make a match.
This guy was either taught by someone who didn't know any better or
never learned what he was taught.
I guess that's where you come in...??
I think this is kind of a change in design over time. I've been
trimming homes for so long that I can remember the day when we always
had 6/8 doors and all the windows matched them for height. Now, with
varied ceiling heights and seemingly more consideration for design of
the elevation, we see so many different window and door sizes that
matching window trim height is no longer much of a design
My guess is, this is a lazy framer. Most drawings will have the
openings centered (it's easy to draw it in the right place) but a lot
of framers don't give a shit. This is an example where I think there
are fewer experienced craftsman framing houses and fewer still who
learned from a good craftsman. Of course cussing the framer is a
favorite pastime of a finish carpenter so I could be wrong.
Hell, I'm just starting to have fun....we can keep going if you
Have you read "House" by Tracy Kidder? (He also wrote a book that was one of
the seminal works of the dawn of computer age, "The Soul of a New Machine")
If you've read it, fine. If not, run, don't walk ...
Clearly, they've hired the guy w/ the eye for what's needed; question is
whether you can change the corporate mentality and whether they'll think
the effort/cost worth it and enhance revenue in the longer term (which,
after all, is the whole point one would presume).
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