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Cappy
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PostPosted: 01/06/03 - 21:03    Post subject: Home Improvement


What do type of things do you guys and girls yourselves, and when do you call a pro?

I can do most things, or at least make an honest attempt, the one thing I can't do is plumbing. First sign of a drip, leak, or a clog, I am on the phone.
keltic63
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PostPosted: 01/06/03 - 21:06    Post subject:
I painted the LR in November, sanded and refinished the pine floors in the LR, and for the first time I worked on the plumbing in the shower (thanks to the leak) the leak is repaired, but the drywall is a mess and I'm thinking that I need a pro to come in and work on that.
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PostPosted: 01/06/03 - 21:08    Post subject:
Me? Unfortunately I'm so handy I have trouble changing a lightbulb on my own...

My BF however flooded his house costing ~$10K because he thought he could do a little plumbing work on his own to save some money....hello, Tim Allen?
Laurie Ellen
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PostPosted: 01/06/03 - 21:11    Post subject:
I can do a lot of things, because a lot of the time there's no one else to do them.

I have to paint the den & my office next week in preparation for the SuperBowl party. Not looking forward to that. Easy work, but so darned messy.

I also just shoveled a 250 ft. driveway. That there's a workout. Although not exactly home improvement.
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PostPosted: 01/06/03 - 21:31    Post subject:
I can paint and wallpaper, and my husband can do minor repairs..nothing major.

We had our basement remodeled this spring and the contracters did everything...they did ask if we wanted to paint or stain, and I said no way...it was nice to watch someone else do it.
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PostPosted: 01/06/03 - 21:36    Post subject:
I have performed all kinds of surgery on household items. If it breaks, I'll take it apart and try to find what's broken and then fix it. Min's work is a whole lot more fun than wimmin's work. Wink
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PostPosted: 01/06/03 - 21:57    Post subject:
Can do most myself except electrical appliance repair. Do plumbing with help and can do just about all electrical wiring on my own. FIL was a great teacher and also gave me a nice collection of tools (right Greg).

Big jobs will be for the pros. They have the time. If it takes less than one day I will likely do it myself.
Floridaboiler
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PostPosted: 01/06/03 - 22:26    Post subject:
I will try almost anything. So far in this house (my first house) I have repaired a bathroom wall that required replacing studs, pullingout a window and putting up 2 new sheets of outside paneling.
Worked with FIL to retile the whole bathroom.
Wallpapered 2 bedrooms and 2 baths.
Painted every room in the house except the kitchen and the laundry room.
I do all the outside maintenance
Thinking about trying to install that pergo hardwood flooring in our dining room to get rid of the carpet that is in there.
I have put up all the ceiling fans in the house (6 total)
That is all I can think of so far.
Cappy
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PostPosted: 01/07/03 - 05:37    Post subject:
Great job Eric. Our own Tool Man.

I have done 2 ceiling fans. Have a few more planned.
keltic63
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PostPosted: 01/07/03 - 08:14    Post subject:
OK, now that we've mentioned ceiling fans, I've installed 3 of those. I've also replaced several lighting fixtures and dimmers. I've installed sub-flooring and vinyl flooring here. I have even rented and used an electric eel to clear a major clog in our sewage line!
rolling rock
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PostPosted: 01/07/03 - 08:53    Post subject:
i can paint. but only under supervision. i hate it when he watches how i paint.

he can do everything. anything and everything. i swear, he was born that way. he updated our 80 y.o. first house with a new bathroom and wiring. stripped all the wallpaper, refinished all the wood floors, repainted the inside and then the two-story outside. reroofed the garage on it.

put an 800 sf gameroom in this house downstairs, complete with bathroom - did all the drywall, wiring, plumbing, ceilings, every damn detail - himself. ( he did not lay the carpet)

i have seen plumbing bring him to his knees though. when he did the bathroom downstairs, i took the kids out for the day. it would have been endangerment to have left them within any proximity of that process.
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PostPosted: 01/07/03 - 09:10    Post subject:
Keith can fix anything. I can fix nothing.
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PostPosted: 01/07/03 - 09:19    Post subject:
I love doing this type of stuff. Plumbing isn't my favorite but have tackled all kinds successfully. We upped our service from 100 amp to 200 amp a few years ago, had a pro do that but I wired the addition and the garage and the 220v/50amp circuit for my compressor and it passed inspection. Two summers ago my sons and I tore off and replaced our entire roof (30 squares) with just a small amount of assistance from a friend of mine. This included installing an overhang on one side of garage because for some unknown reason the previous owner had put the overhang on the east side of garage but not on west side.

Gave the upstairs bathroom a complete re-model including new cabinets, tore out the old bathtub/shower surround and installed old style clawfoot tub after sandblasting and painting the outside of it. Let a pro do the tile in there. I did the plumbing successfully although it damn near drove me nuts. Installed a new toilet, sink and shower in basement.

Installed hardwood floors in living room, hallway and master bedroom with brother in law as labor help. That was a very long tiring 3 days swinging a heavy hammer.

Drywalled, installed windows, french door, zero clearance fireplace with double-wall stainless chimney, standard man-door and 3 areas of tile in our addition. Oak wainscoting and chair rail around the entire 14'x28' addition also. This after spending 80 hrs of hard labor undoing and then rebuilding the previous owners cobble-job on framing in the addition.

Also built the 12'x30' deck complete with a neat little tapered bridge over a garden, hand dug and installed a small lilly pond.

Formed and poured concrete in the garage addition and sidewalk although my finish job wasn't as nice as it should of been.

All done in past 7 or 8 years and my wife still bitches I don't do anything around the house.
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PostPosted: 01/07/03 - 09:21    Post subject:
I can paint a mean room. I can paint a nice one, too, I guess. Wink For everything else, Tracy's dad is but a 10-minute drive away, and he can do almost anything. He's taught me a lot in the last few years, and I feel more than capable at doing many small jobs that I had no clue about before. My dad never really taught me anything. He always called the neighbor.
purple hayes
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PostPosted: 01/07/03 - 09:30    Post subject:
I can fix just about anything. Here's a brief list of reasons we've had to call a contractor out to the house in the past 7.5 years...
  • New HVAC system (gotta have a license to do that (side note: I've often pondered getting one))
  • asbestos abatement when a pipe burst in the kitchen (again, regular Joes can do that because asbestos handling is regulated by the gov't)
  • install new carpet (wife wouldn't let me try)
  • Fix a broken lift spring on the garage door (a dang dangerous job. I knew a guy that knew a guy that got his faced messed up trying to do it himself)

Other than those things, I've done everything else myself. Same goes for cars too. It's got to be a pretty major job before I'll take it to someone else. I fix all the appliances unless they are still under warranty. Computers? I'd sooner eat my shoe than pay someone to fix mine. Wink

At one point I was just too dang poor to pay to have people do the work for me so I had to learn to do it myself. It's just carried over since then. It's a very helpful skill to have too, that way you'll know if a mechanic/computer repair guy/contractor is giving you the shaft or not.
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