The Norman Transcript

Opinion

February 27, 2014

Some renovations require professionals

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NORMAN —

“I guess he’s a careful worker,” Fred commented.

“Or just slow,” Sue concluded. “According to his word, we should’ve been back in that bathroom a week ago.”

The finished bathroom gleamed with no-drip faucets and no-line shower doors. Fred and Sue were pleased, until they discovered water from the bath upstairs leaking into the walls and floor in the kitchen below. Savings were tapped once more for a licensed contractor.

Sue’s comment about the finished rooms, “Costly but beautiful.” For the second time, she put back all their stuff.

“They cost us twice as much as we planned,” Fred said. “Hiring Manny was a big mistake. When I think of hiding him from the building inspector in the middle of his work, I shudder.”

Everyone envies folks naturally talented in doing home projects.

“How in the world did you do this all by yourself?” a neighbor remarks as she gazes at a basement turned into a cozy media and family room. “I’ll hire you to do mine.”

“Would you like to know how many times we tore something out and started over?” the neighbor responds. “I’m surprised we’re still married.”

“We are?” her husband jokes.

Shirley Ramsey, a retired professor of journalism, lives in Norman.

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