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07-28-2015 02:44 PM

use the term “close enough for government work” and actually work for the government? If you work for the government what is your opinion of the term? Do you have a better one to share?

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#1 posted 07-28-2015 02:50 PM

You refer to the government as if there is only one. The world doesn’t start at the near Portland and finish at the far one.

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#2 posted 07-28-2015 03:01 PM

If you have set up your shop right, then you should be the governor, hence the government of the shop. If that is the case get it as close as you want to make you happy.

If this is not the case then you are in a pickle as you will have to follow somebody else’s rules. We all know that, that is a pain in the behind.


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#3 posted 07-28-2015 03:09 PM

An opinion of the beholder!!!

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#4 posted 07-28-2015 08:23 PM


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#5 posted 07-28-2015 09:16 PM

My brother-in-law has a government job. He tells me that in his office people often say, “Close enough for woodworking.”

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#6 posted 07-28-2015 11:10 PM

It’s been my experience that the terms government and work were mutually exclusive though my experience had not been direct.

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#7 posted 07-28-2015 11:13 PM

Here’s another term – “It’s not a Steinway”

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#8 posted 07-29-2015 12:00 AM

I don’t quite fit the criteria for this question, been retired now over 5 years but the term would depend on the job or project I was working on and who it’s for?

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#9 posted 07-29-2015 12:34 AM

My late ex-FIL was, as many are, a wanna be DIYer, his favorite was ” If I wanted it to look professional, I would of hired professionals to do it”........I am now doing a remodel on his house that he left to my daughter, holy cow, what a mess….

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#10 posted 07-29-2015 01:34 AM

I am retired now. I worked for the government as an industrial painter. Everything was timed. We were given x number of minutes to paint an office door to x number of hours to paint an aircraft. Over the years the times were reduced even though the process remained unchanged. Then about ten years ago came the “Do More With Less” speeches. A perfectionist would not last. The law of diminishing returns would eat him up. The goal was to pass inspection. To me the phrase “close enough for government work” means not high quality work but will pass inspection.

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#11 posted 07-29-2015 02:46 AM

Interesting topic. We do contract work for the government. These comments about perfectionists are on the mark. Sometimes I feel like they pay us to provide a 90% solution but they require 100%. It’s pretty danged frustrating.

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#12 posted 07-30-2015 07:55 PM

Here s another term – “It s not a Steinway”

- greg48

How about “it’s not rocket science”.

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#13 posted 07-31-2015 01:03 PM

When I was framing and doing fire burnout and storm remodels we used to say “just nail it, we aren’t building cabinets” And then I started building cabinets. Oh boy did things change.

Yes, the “do more with less philosophy” usually ends up actually being “doing less with less” and getting less results. There is a limit to all things. This will never change until bean counters quit trying to manage production, operations and logistics.

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#14 posted 07-31-2015 02:12 PM

Here s another term – “It s not a Steinway”

- greg48

How about “it s not rocket science”.

- MrRon

Or …
“Good enough for the girls I go with”

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