front porch steps repairs
Photo: Leslie Monthan
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6. Know your skills—and your limitations

In some ways a Habitat job site is like any other: You spend a fair amount of time fixing things that didn't get done right the first time. Here, we disassembled the front porch stairs to replace the bottom posts and then reassembled the whole thing. Don't tell anyone, but our job didn't quite come out perfectly, either, due to some lack of foresight (not mine, though I'm not naming names). New rule of carpentry: Think about it thrice—then measure twice, cut once.
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