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I’ve said a couple times about how I’m thinking about quitting my job and starting my own business. Grass is always greener on the other side, right? But if I try to be grateful for what I do have, then I realize that I have freaking job security.
You see, three guys from the company I work for were sent out to put some lap siding on this house. Lap siding (sorry dudes, I didn’t take a picture, but that link will give you an idea) is cool. The siding goes up horizontal and it’s old school looking. I dig it.
But with lap siding you have to be careful and know what you’re doing. In the case of this house, there was supposed to be 5.5 inches per lap. And that has to be consistent across the whole house or else it will look stupid. And of course, it took these three guys from the company three days to do the lap siding job, and it took less than a day for the homeowner to call and complain. They did a sucky job.
They had the lap spacing 5 inches here, 5.75 inches there, 5.5 inches somewhere else. My company is cool in that they stand by all their work. If we don’t do a quality job, we’ll come back and fix it. And that’s what we did. The president picked me and two other guys to go out and fix the siding job.
And when I saw what kind of job those guys did, well, it looked pretty freaking bad. Different spacing all over and the wood was sideways in some places, it was bad.
The three of us (I’d say we’re the three best in the company to be honest) had to re-side 90% of that house in one day. We had to knock out in one day what it took those other guys three days to do. One day to tear it all down, and do it right! It was tough work, but we actually got it done! (And did it right!)
Since I get called in to fix others’ shoddy work and since I’m the only welder of the company, I do have job security, and that’s pretty awesome. Yeah, I want to quit and start my own business, but I have job security for now, which is pretty sweet.