From an interior decorator’s point of view, my father and father-in-law’s household handywork would probably be classified somewhere between Early Awful and At-Least-It’s-Functional. For instance, when a bunch of ceramic tiles inexplicably started falling off my parents’ bathroom walls, my dad’s solution was to drill a hole in the center of each one and put them back in place with screws. When my wife’s dad decided to wallpaper the bathroom, he chose a metallic background festooned with large, delightful images of multi-colored hibiscus blossoms. He never got the memo that the strips had to actually line up and match.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/11388