Friday – JohnKu – AKA – TGIF


Friday is here. Yipee. Our floors were supposed to be in and complete by yesterday. As in most things construction, two things happened. The first was the factory sent the wrong brace for the stair treads. Okay, they sent them by next day air, and the guys showed up on Wednesday to install the stairs. The second was a big surprise. They ran out of flooring so they could only finish one stairway. The material was ordered yesterday and will arrive by Monday. Then the flooring has to sit for at least two days to get used to the environment. If my math is correct, they will start working Thursday morning, and it takes one man two days to finish a stair. That brings us to next Friday. I guess at this point I’ll believe it when I see it. Today’s JohnKu is all about the laws of probability any project will finish on time.

Project life by John W. Howell © 2018

It all begins fine,

The Gremlins put in two cents . . .

The timeline heads South.


  1. Your Johnku is so true, John. Very few things in life go as planned….glad we can count on Friday coming around. I love the cartoon! Happy Weekend!

    1. Have a good weekend as well, Jill. 😀

  2. Our oak is finally down in the kitchen, dining room and hallway. NOW, to wait on the carpet guys to figure out the angels of the living room!! haha, poor carpet guys – better them than me!!

    1. That is what they get paid to do. At least I think so. Glad you got your wood down anyway.

  3. Oh my I’d be going insane. You’re doing well, John.

    1. I’m not sure I’m not. Thanks, Cheryl.

  4. Construction projects always seem to hit a snag or five. Hope everything is done by next weekend.

    1. Me too. Thanks, Charles.

  5. Gwen Plano · ·

    Yep, we’re going to need a celebration when this is over. When that last step is in place, let us know so we can send cheers. 😀

    1. I will for sure. The guy wrapped up last night at 7:30. Bailey was so happy since she had a stairway to the yard. Thanks, Gwen

  6. All predictable! Stay the course, good John! ♥

    1. Thanks, Bill Ray. 😀

  7. One of the podcasts I love is from a crew called Freakonomics. Their latest just happens to be titled “Here’s Why All Your Projects Are Always Late — And What To Do About It.” Even if you’re not in the mood to listen, you might like to explore their site. It’s pretty interesting, and the topics vary widely.

    On the good side of the ledger, the first full week of spring break is nearly over.

    1. Thank you for the link, Linda. Yes. One week down. So far so good. 🙂

  8. Oh, John, I would be spitting nails!

    1. I’ve produced a few nine inchers. Thanks, Michelle.

  9. Well, at least it’s in progress and getting done. In other words, it’ll be done when it’s done. That’s a great cartoon up top, John. 😀 — Suzanne

  10. The best-laid plans of mice… It’s frustrating when these last-minute crises turn up! 😦
    I’m having delivery misadventures atm, which are apparently my fault, but they didn’t give me notice as to the date as usual, so I’m still blaming them! 😛 Luckily these aren’t for immediate use so they won’t upset the installation schedule!… oops, I’m tempting fate aren’t I! 🙂

  11. Just when you see the light at the end of the tunnel…..

    1. The tunnel collapses.

  12. That’s what we learned too. Always add two, three weeks to any construction schedule. Even with the best intentions, there’s always a snag. Have a margarita and enjoy your weekend. Think of how you will celebrate when the work is done 🙂 😘

    1. I will miss these guys. (not) Thanks, Marie. MWAH

  13. Sorry for the delays, John, but look on the bright side — it’s getting done. With as much work as needed to be tackled and as few contractors available to tackle it, you’re one of the fortunate ones. Who doesn’t LOVE living in chaos?!?

    1. We call the chaos the new normal

  14. Sorry to hear about your flooring snag, John… Lucy and Bailey won’t be pleased, I’m sure!

    1. They are pretty calm about it. I’m surprised.

  15. Seems to be a law of physics, and not only will a construction project be late, it’ll also cost 20% more than the estimate! Luckily, your insurance is paying this tab … right? 😐

    1. Yes they are. Thanks, Kevin.

  16. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    Those Gremlins do enjoy setting back all well intentioned deadlines….I hope the next johnku is about your finished product:) Have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks, Denise. You as well. 😀

  17. It’s amazing how things get done in this make-it-up-as-you-go world of ours. Best of luck, John!

    1. I know right? Thanks, Phillip

  18. Those darn pesky gremlins! Sorry to hear you have hit a snag with the flooring. It seems to be the way of construction and computers.

    Wishing you a happy Friday, John!

    1. Thank you, Mae. Happy Friday to you.

  19. This is where my experience in systems development comes in handy. Start with your original estimate. Add two of whatever unit it’s measured in (days, months, years). Double that result.

    Takes care of the gremlins, John.

    1. Good formula, Dan.

  20. The hotel is undergoing a MAJOR reno (several in fact) John, so trust me, I hear you.
    Hang in there, buddy.

  21. Builders can be a nightmare. That is the case in the UK anyway. I would have thought with the superior customer service in the US they would not be so problematic. You will get there in the end John.

    1. I so agree Guy. Thanks

  22. That is an all too familiar story when it comes to contractors and building projects. Here’s to next Friday. When you get home from Galveston, perhaps it will finally be complete.

    1. Yes. Let’s hope so.

  23. Dang, John. I’m sorry about all that. What a pain. Well, let’s toast the weekend. I have a nice Merlot, I’m sure you and Molly have some lovely vintage. Take a deep breath and a sip of wine… then have more wine. 😉

    1. Wine does cure many ills. Hugs Teagan

  24. I feel for you. Construction has a built-in hidden surprise! clause. There’s always something.. 😦 You JohnKu captures the sentiment. I hear the timeline w.h.i.z. south.
    😀 😀

  25. Haha! Do unfortunate, funny, and true all work together? They do in JohnKu.

    1. Of course, they do. Have to have the proper proportion of each. Thanks, Jenne.

      1. Good point! You’re welcome, John.

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