8. Doors of Selection
How many of us have doors which don’t shut, don’t open, don’t keep the breezes out, or which you could roll a golf ball under comfortably? Sometimes design is disguised as execution. The hiring of qualified persons is a step in pre-construction, as is design. They are closely related. If you don’t hire the right hands to do the simple things, all your planning is for naught. Of course with older houses,
time is to blame for these infractions upon function. It takes an artful craftsman with experience in maintaining and restoring these not-so timeless beauties. This all comes down to choosing the right hands. Which is a cousin of design, called subcontractor and labor selection
How will you know you hired the right company? Will you know because you have spent a lifetime focused on building and renovating homes and other structures? Probably not, chances are that even 95% of those who claim to have been in the trades their whole lives still don't know how to install a door. Why would they? Poorly installed doors take years off their own service lives. Will you know you hired the right company because you watched a YouTube video and then hung out with the contractor all day? You will know if you hired the wrong company when your hard wood flooring darkens, or your threshold snaps loose. If you hire the right company, chances are you'll never find out, because like everything else that's "right" in your life, it will fade into the background while a cacophony of "things gone wrong" take precedence.
Let's say you get home after work to find that the door you paid to have installed "rubs" hard on the threshold. You call the installer up and ask him, "hey, what gives?" He says what they always say, "oh, that'll loosen up over time..." Duh, no sugar. It will "loosen up" when the threshold rubs the sweep off the bottom of the door and you find little rubber tails hanging out of the bottom every time you open or close it. Eventually you cut them off to complete the installation, right? No, This door will rot out of it's frame before it is ever installed correctly, and it will never keep the weather out. Doors opening correctly are absolutely vital to your survival in an emergency. Doors that shut and latch properly are a necessity for your feeling of security. Like anything in life, be cautious when someone says something is "easy". When 3 out of four companies want $500 to install, and number four wants $1500, It's probably not pure greed motivating the disparity. Think about how much you are going to be using it, how much potential for frustration, and do not settle for less.