Monday, July 16, 2012

I know you've never done this, but...

When we renovated part of our home almost two years ago, we decided to put solid doors on the bedrooms. We hoped the solid doors would help cut down some of the sound in a very busy part of our home. Honestly, I'm not sure if the doors (or the carpet) have helped with the noise. (Perhaps we should have invested in insulating the kids rather than the rooms.) But that's not the point. 

Solid doors are heavy. Very. Heavy. But when you buy them, they come with hinges and screws that are identical to hollow doors. So they begin to pull out of the wall. Within six months. And you can't close the doors to your youngest and oldest child's rooms without doing some really clever finagling.

And it might bug you a little. You might be tempted to tell your seven year old 'if you didn't slam  shut it so firmly it might not be giving you this problem'. You might even wonder about the person who installed the doors in not very nice ways.

And days, weeks and months might pass. And everyone gets more frustrated, until finally your husband calls someone - the one who installed them - to see about getting this problem fixed. And the person comes graciously and fixes them. In less than 20 minutes.

So did the job take 18 months or 20 minutes of your life?

But I know you've never done anything like that.

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