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Old 09-10-2010, 06:35 AM   #1
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We're finishing our basement and had the wall on the main floor taken out to create an open concept. The staircase now appears continuous from the second floor down to the basement.

My problem is that when I looked at the spindles today, I see that two different designs were used and I don't like it. I checked the preexisting stairs and there are a few spindles there that don't match the others either but the style difference is much less noticeable.

Why would a carpenter not match all of the spindles??

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Why would a carpenter not match all of the spindles??
Why would a homeowner pay for unmatched materials?

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Ok, so I'm not crazy! I haven't paid the contractor in full. I'm going to ask him to replace the spindles that don't match. I'm just afraid that he'll call me out on the fact that the preexisting ones don't all match either.
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Ok, so I'm not crazy! I haven't paid the contractor in full. I'm going to ask him to replace the spindles that don't match. I'm just afraid that he'll call me out on the fact that the preexisting ones don't all match either.
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If you hired him to paint a room, would you accept any nonsense about the wall not having a good paint job previously?

Most contracts say nothing about "doing the job only as well as the other guy". They state something like doing it in "a workmanlike manner".

If you wanted it like the other guy did it, you would probably have hired the other guy.

BTW Your thinking and approach have to change. "I'm just afraid" and "he'll call me out", just won't cut it. It's your house, your desires, your money. You are the boss, not him. He is hired help doing what you are paying for.
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I like your way of thinking! I'm adopting a new attitude as boss, tx
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You can still be civil and nice to him, but he knows, full well, that putting in mismatching materials is unacceptable.
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I'll be a nice boss, tx again!
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OK, I just spoke with the contractor and he is going to replace the spindles. He hadn't noticed the different pattern. I'm not sure about the carpenter, because there seemed to be a pattern of where he placed the alternating designs, but regardless it is getting fixed.

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OK, I just spoke with the contractor and he is going to replace the spindles. He hadn't noticed the different pattern. I'm not sure about the carpenter, because there seemed to be a pattern of where he placed the alternating designs, but regardless it is getting fixed.
Thanks again Willie T!
If the contractor is going to give you what you want, great. But ,having seen some pretty strange situations done on purpose over many years in the trade, what gets my attention is your statement that the carpenter was able to establish a pattern in the old work to match. Makes me wonder if the different styles wer not originally on purpose; and IMO, thumbs up to the carpenter for caring enough to try to figure it out and match it.
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No, it wasn't on purpose. The contractor bought 2 different sizes and mistakenly, 2 different designs. There was no pattern per say on the preexisting stairs, just a few random different ones. Most likely, just carelessness. Our entire neighborhood was built at one time and care was not put into the details!

On the new stairs, the carpenter used all the same design up to a point where I assume he realized he had to work with a different design and then alternated every other.

I'm just happy it will all be one design!
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No, it wasn't on purpose. The contractor bought 2 different sizes and mistakenly, 2 different designs. There was no pattern per say on the preexisting stairs, just a few random different ones. Most likely, just carelessness. Our entire neighborhood was built at one time and care was not put into the details!

On the new stairs, the carpenter used all the same design up to a point where I assume he realized he had to work with a different design and then alternated every other.
I'm just happy it will all be one design!
Well that sheds a different light on the situation. Glad you got what you expected in the end.

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