Date: 18 August 2015. Job Creep.
All of us
know that one project leads to another, and another, ad naseum. The
problem is in knowing when to stop, along with what needs to be done
regardless of convenience or pre-planning. This week I came across a problem that required a fix
before proceeding with the original project. Here's what happened. For the uninitiated,
this is called Job Creep.
Far too often
items are added to a project that was initially a simple-to-do job.
tend to begin with words such as "While we are at it.." or
"We might as well" or "As long as we are doing ABC, we should
occurs when during the doing of one job another Good Idea comes
to the forefront. The original small project expands. Sometimes this is a necessity,
such as when a problem is spotted. Other times, not so much...
certain your add-ons really need doing.
article speaks to the all-too-common phenomenon.
Of late I've
been doing a galley over-haul to make room for the new
What happened is this: In removing one cabinet I had easy access to the
plate that covers the fuel sending unit for my starboard tank.
It's suppose to tell me how much fuel is in the tank.
I'm not clear on how the thing is supposed to work. Mine never
has so it's just one more thing on the list of stuff to fix,
In the meantime I continue to refill the tanks regularly and
call it Good Enough.
When I told a friend about my failed sending unit he proceeded to
describe how to check and fix it. Because it's function is not
essential, I've opted to ignore the issue for the near term. Maybe
someday this will be a top priority however I rather doubt that will
happen any time soon. In the meantime, I'm ignoring it.
pressing issues do exist that need resolution.
As you can see, the wood doesn't even cover
the entire hole. At some point a previous owner had made more
access. But that wasn't the worst of it.
Turning over the board I discovered
The first job was to make a new better fitting cover
for the space.
Fortunately I had a sheet of paper that was large
enough to cover the area. I made a rough sketch to use as a
pattern. A fellow I hired for the woodwork project cut it out of some scrap plywood I had.
There is a one inch
diameter hole in the piece to make lifting it a breeze.
Handles cost money. Recessed ones cost more. This solution is
Side Note on the paper:
The next time you get a large package with paper stuffing
the edges, save a larger piece or two. I folded a couple
pieces of the paper. They are approximately 2'x3'. Both
sheets are stashed in with my wrapping
project came up, it was great to have just what I
needed to make a pattern in something essentially disposable.
Plus it was free.
However the above looks icky.
The raw edges would be an easy way for water to get in and damage
this board. That's what happened to the original. For that reason I
opted to paint it. I had some leftover from painting the hull
stripe that fit the bill.
Unfortunately I wasn't smart enough to stir the can of paint before
using it. Thus there is little of the green pigment in the first
coat as shown in this following photo. I'll have to add a second
coat tonight in all that spare time I misplace regularly. After
stirring, of course.
White paint would have been
perfect. The hull-stripe color however is Good Enough.
For a Job
Creep, this one wasn't so bad. The needed items were aboard. Cutting
the board took my worker an extra 15 minutes to complete. All in
all, not too terrible on the purse.
is indeed good. Happy boating to you and yours...
Does any particular occurrence of Job Creep come to mind
in your life?
Are you glad you took care of it at the time or would waiting have been
In the Bilges,
StarBoard Stops ~
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