They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing – and I’ve just been a victim of this. I recently brought a carpet, which I intended to lay on top of existing carpet tiles. Fine, they told me at the shop, you just need to take off an inch all round so that it can be fixed. This I did but when the experts arrived to fit it, they explained that his wouldn’t work as the underlay would mean the edge of the carpet would be at a different level to the rest of it. So instead of sitting and contemplating a lovely new fitted carpet last night, I was taking up carpet tiles that had years of fixative fighting my every effort. If I had been told this up front, I could have taken more time (and got some help) and had it done when they arrived. Fortunately these carpet fitters were good guys and gave me a bit of a head start on it – and agreed to come back at 7am this morning to complete the job. For me this is a practical example of the difficulty of knowing the expertise you are being offered. I made the assumption that the carpet shop saleswoman would have a good idea, and she certainly sounded knowledgeable, but the real experts were those doing the job. We often ask the question ‘how do you know this person is really an expert’ and I guess the only real answer is by seeing examples of their work and maybe recommendations from others.
There is also something in there about the right tools for the job. I would have been in trouble if these great guys hadn’t lent me an implement to help take up the more recalcitrant tiles. No way would I have got it all done without this – something I didn’t even know I needed!
By the way – the carpet looks great – but my hands are covered in blisters.