Do you get frustrated when a project gives you problems?

@DanaMark (807)
United States
August 22, 2007 1:19pm CST
I have realized again in the past couple of days how frustrated I get when a project doesn't go right. We have a light switch in the bathroom that doesn't always work, so I wanted to replace it. I helped my Dad replace switches and outlets many times as I was growing up. So it should have been a simple project. However, this switch has an outlet built it which made the wiring a little more complicated. I wired the new one the same way the old one was wired, but it just blew the fuse. It took three trips to the store for the switch, new fuses since I only had one left, and more fuses when the first ones wouldn't fit. I got really frustrated, and ended up putting the old switch back in. Now I'll have to find someone who knows what they are doing to help me. That's what I should have done in the first place, but I like to do things myself. Today I needed to clean out our grill. Spiders built nests in the gas lines so I was just getting large yellow flames instead of the nice blue flames we're supposed to get. So I decided today was the day. I thought I could just pull the grills off and lift the part out where the gas comes out to clean it. Wrong! I had to take the entire grill apart to get at the pins that held it in there. The main base of the grill covered those pins. That project should have been short and simple. It took me about an hour and a half and became very frustrating. Some of the screws were so tight or rusted that they wouldn't come out. I broke off a drill bit. Frustrating! However, when I got it all put back together, I have the nice blue flame again. Now it feels good to have completed the project. How about you? Do you get frustrated when projects don't go like they should?
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• Canada
22 Aug 07
Absolutely...and I think that it is healthy to express our fricking/fracks when we do feel frustrated. In the work we do a 'cause harm to none' approach to anger and frustration allows it to be defused. Pushing it down in a 'la-dee-dah' Polly-Anna fascade does not create a space for the emotions to be released....so better out than in. The two projects you describe sound very aggrevating. Some days you wonder what is going on because other times everything works out beautifully. Who knows...weather, barometer, crossed stars...but whatever it is that causes the aggrevation to go way off the meter I think most of us admit that stuff happens!!!!! At lease you had the satisfaction of getting your Bar-B-Que going. Also you need to give yourself a pat on the back for working around those nasty little spiders that you are slightly phobic about. Good example of feeling the discomfort and doing it anyway...hey Dana...that is another example of courage. It comes in large and small doses. Anyway...that is it for now...we'll keep in touch..luv our chats!
• Canada
27 Aug 07
Ahhh...the success of beating the spiders at their own game. Well you did it! I had a slight smile as I envisioned how you were doing battle with them in the face of your phobia...quite an intersting image!LOL Anyway...good it gave you a chance to vent and that you managed to achieve a measure of success anyway. Take care! Raia
• Philippines
22 Aug 07
I always get frustrated when I have a project that gives me a problem. But most of all, I am referring to professional projects. When they create conflicts on my other deadline and everything. The reason why I get frustrated is that I want to finish everything on time and I want to accept all.
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@DanaMark (807)
• United States
23 Aug 07
One project affecting the deadline of another project can certainly be frustrating. I really dislike it when something takes so much longer than it should. Wanting to finish things on time is a good quality. Unfortunately, that also makes room for frustrations when it doesn't happen. Thanks for your response.
• United States
22 Aug 07
Most certainly! I get very frustrated when a project doesn't go my way. I'm sure I haven't had anywhere near the magnitude of projects as getting spiders out of a grill, but there are little issues that I'm always facing around the house. Like last month, when we went to clean out our middle storage room, we found that the cats had secretly turned it into their own personal cat litter box. We still haven't found a way to get rid of that smell. And, now over a month later, the room, that was supposed to be an art room sits idle waiting for just one more thorough cleaning. And, then there's the metal bed frame in the room that we can't seem to get rid of. If we use the frame in one of the bedrooms our 3 1/2 year old is most likely to try to bounce on the beds, so we will have to end up getting rid of it. I know none of that makes sense, but those are all little pieces in the big frustrating project that I've been consumed with for awhile now. I haven't spoken about it to too many other people. So, it was nice having the opportunity to say something now. Thanks for the very insightful question and chance to vent about a project that has been bothering me for awhile! Best of luck with your light switch and grill.
@DanaMark (807)
• United States
23 Aug 07
Your cats were quite creative in finding their own litter box. That must have been quite a surprise. Good luck with getting the smell out.