Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Carpenter rant-no more

Yesterday, we had our staircase railings finished and I would like to show you the workmanship that was done.  The newel posts and railings need to be stained and the wrought iron to be painted white; but you can see the workmanship.

Look at that curve!  Beautiful!






Overall, we are very happy with the work above.  But ....

Stop!  Can you see what is not right here?  The railing that was joined onto the newel post should have been centered.  I am not happy ..... at all.  When Blake (the carpenter) dry fitted this section, he had to cut and cut and cut to get a good fit at the wedge section and in the end the fit adjoining the newel post was off .... completely.  So, what did he do?  He glued and screwed in that section.  He showed my husband what he was not happy with.   I was not at home at the time; otherwise all of this would have been removed.  He could have fixed this problem; but he didn't want to.
 

I asked Blake to fix that join as I never could be happy with it.  He said he would and then on the final work day he asked me if I still wanted it fixed.  Well, yes!  We discussed the work and Blake put up such a song and dance that my husband and I felt that whatever he did would not come even close to the quality that was there now.  I did say to him that he talks about precision in all his company ads and then he still went into a song and dance routine about how difficult it would be to remove all the wood and ... and ... and ....

In the end, we paid him off and are now stuck with this.  We really do need to get the 'S' letter off our foreheads.

What will we do?  I will drape a quilt over the banister and hope that no one notices the awful workmanship.  But, really, we shouldn't have to do anything.  He does such beautiful work, that it is confusing to us to see this section that is just so totally off.

Up until then, we would have gladly recommended Blake to others and bring him back to do more work for us.  Not anymore.

To those of you who are going to have fine carpenter work done ... ask to see everything dry fitted before anything is nailed, screwed or glued down.  You will be glad that you did and stop any errors before work goes too far.

To those of you living in the North Bay, Ontario, Canada area .... beware.  This carpenter does beautiful work, up to a point.  I'm not going to give a direct link to his website, but there are clues for you to find him if you really want to.

May 29, 2013 Edit:  Our railing has been fixed and I'm happy now with the result.  After sending him a mean email (his words), he called and said that he would be back to repair the bad section on the next rainy day (he is doing decks currently and can't work in the rain).  He came back and repaired the section.  So, onwards we continue with other renovations .... with a much lighter heart.

Have a great day!

10 comments:

Karendianne said...

Oh! Argh!!! Blast!!!

That said, I still think it's very pretty. I do.

Caron at Michigan Quilts said...

Your railing is beautiful, and it's a shame that he didn't do it correctly. It's really not a difficult fix at all! The two smaller pieces next to the post stay the same; the third piece from the post needs to be removed and a longer one added. That would allow it to be centered on the post. It's a simple bit of math, that's all. So sorry!
P.S. my husband is a woodworker by trade...

MJinMichigan said...

While it is a lovely railing I couldn't live with it. Did you consider the fact that it might derail a home sale in the future? Believe me, I know it's hard to stick to your position with builders having just put an addition on our home and having to argue over several fine points, but we did and got things done the way we wanted. It seems like builders will always try to take the easy way out. Hopefully the quilts will draw viewers eyes and the railing won't even be noticed.

Jennifer said...

Oh dear.....your annoyance and disappointment come through on this post! I wouldn't be happy either. What shame that the carpenter couldn't be bothered finishing the job correctly, and it sounds as though that's just it.....he can't be bothered making it right.

Christine said...

He should be able to fix it, a new post and the curve is in three section?
I guess you paid him now and he could tell people that you agreed as he got paid in full.
Sorry to read about your troubles

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

So sorry you ended up with a job that was not well done. That is very frustrating! One of your wonderful quilts will really make it look better, but one shouldn't have to put up with those kind of errors.

Julie Fukuda said...

I live in a house where corners were cut here and there and know how annoying this is. Sorry, too, that you had to pay for less than what you expected.

betweens said...

should I just call you Mary...you both give up too easy, you paid for it you should get it...you will not be happy call him back and say you need to get it done correctly or go to the better business bureau...

CeCeJay said...

Did you by chance send him a link to your blog post? He may just come back and fix it if you do….

Teresa said...

The whole process can be annoying, especially when things are just not quite the way you want them. I think the railing is quite beautiful and is going to look amazing when you finish with the painting and staining.