Mary and Danny had just bought a flat. Previously, they had been in furnished rented accommodation and so they needed furniture for the flat. Danny was suggesting that they should buy the items of furniture in flat packs and put them together themselves.
They could not afford, he said, to lay out more money than they needed to. Then Mary pointed out that if things went wrong they would have to add in the cost of employing someone to put things right. Danny laughed this off.
He would not need anyone, he said, to bail him out because he had studied carpentry at school and he just needed to mug up on the basics. Danny was particularly pleased that he had been able to beat down the price of various items of furniture because their packaging was damaged. The furniture was even more of a bargain than he had expected. The problems began when he took off the packaging. He couldn’t decide what to do with all the pieces although he didn’t like to admit this to Mary.
Carefully he read through all the instructions and arranged all the pieces. When he started to assemble a wardrobe, however, the finished article looked all wrong. There were several screws left over. Nevertheless, he began on a bedside cabinet, but this looked even worse. Eventually he realised that he had muddled up the instructions, and thought that they should contact a professional carpenter. Mary readily agreed.