Apparently, my grasp of home improvement projects falls somewhere between my mastery of airlines pricing patterns and my understanding of urban youth slang. It’s not the home improvement labor that screws me over, it’s the project scope. I always try and guess how long something’s going to take and miss the mark by a huge margin. I figured I’d need four days to reroute two garage door tracks and install garage door openers: two days to do some setup and prep on my own and then two days with Dad D to polish off the details.
I was wrong. It’ll probably take 15 weeks.
That’s not to say Dad D and I didn’t make great progress last week. Dad D is a tornado of productivity. If he’s involved, progress is inevitable. We finished the tracks for one of the two doors, put insulation and drywall up along most of the garage walls, fixed the concrete on the front stairs, fixed a faucet, re-caulked the downstairs tub, and completed a whole heap of other small house improvements.
But the garage doors proved to be a bit too complicated for my four day estimation. In addition to those doors, I hope to get the walls taped and painted by the new year… but I’m probably underestimating that time commitment by a factor of twelve.