I recently removed the bathroom vanity light to hang a new one and discovered the plumber and the electrician who built my house did not like each other. The plumber installed the vent for the master bath centered in the wall behind the vanity. The electrician came along to hang the vanity light which also needed to be centered, discovered the pipe in his way and decided to get creative. He mounted the pancake box for the light by drilling into the PVC vent pipe and inserting 3 large self tapping screws into the pipe. Did that meet code even in 1987? The work was hidden in the wall, the light went up, the paint went down and all was well until someone uncovered the shortcut 24 years later.
There is a difference between a craftsman and a hacker. A craftsman does the job right even if no one is looking, even if the work is going to be hidden in a wall where perhaps no one will ever see it. I have met a couple of true craftsmen in recent months. These are guys who do the job and do it right. Their work will stand up over time and the next guy who has to come along to move or change what they leave behind will have this thought in mind, “Wow! Those guys knew what they were doing.”
Bob owns a company called Carolina Streamin’ and creates masterpieces with stone. His stuff, including ponds, patios, walkways, fireplaces, entrance signs is well done. Here’s a sample. How would you like to take a book and a cold drink out to enjoy that masterpiece?
Jason owns The Polished Edge and is an artist who works with tile, granite, and marble. Even his grout lines are meticulously uniform and lined up. He has remodeled our drab master bath and turned it into a showplace.
It is an honor to know guys like these. Today’s question – How well do I do my work, whatever it may be? Will the next person who uncovers it think, “what a craftsman?”
Do your best!