Wood filler is your friend
Most people reading this blog will know of our great workweek schedule. We are here Monday through Thursday from 8 until 6. This gives me lots of time on Friday with the house to myself to work on projects to re-do my 1902 built twin home (just the one side of course). Now I am certainly no carpenter, I’ve learned my skills from my father and from lots of trial and error. Although I have had formal education in programming, it’s much the same way in my career as the tech world continues to change. This Friday, I was working on two projects, one, an email issue that popped up after some settings were changed on the server, and some moulding replacement, cove on my staircase, and quarter-round along the floor trim.
As with everything, we are not perfect. I am a far better programmer than carpenter, but I’m getting better at both. When dealing with carpentry, an incorrect cut can sometimes be fixed with a little bit of wood putty, or wood filler, as long as you’re painting – ‘stainable’ wood filler never seems to look right. An incorrect measurement can send you back to the big box store to go get some more wood. With programming (or IT) a little change can sometimes be a complete disaster, not just having to recut some wood or repaint. Sometimes a mistake can cost your clients a lot more. The old addage, measure twice, cut once can be applied to my tech world as well. Don’t go changing something until you know exactly what the outcome is going to be, and be sure to test it before making it live. No amount of ‘wood filler’ can fix a client missing a day’s worth of orders. It is your friend, but not a savior.