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Old 11-29-2008, 05:19 PM   #1
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Home repairs/improvements

Kind of, sort of a poll.

If there is work to be done around the house do you do it, or hire it done?

If you do it, where is your upper limit? Carpentry, plumbing, electrical, painting, whatever. In short what would you not do?

If you do some / all of your own work, does your SO / Ddh / DW, etc work with you?

Just curious - Around our house we have so far done it all, Demo, framing electrical, plumbing, rocking painting and tilei work. I / we would feel comfortable framing and finishing a house if time and money permitted. We would probably hire excavation and mason work and HVAC. We are not planning to build, but, I have helped build a house.

Just curious.



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Old 11-29-2008, 05:20 PM   #2
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Paul does most of ours... I stand around and pretend to help.
We do have our yard work and gutters cleaned though...we both hate doing those things.

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Old 11-29-2008, 05:34 PM   #3
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I handle all the home maintenance and repairs save for the very big jobs. And, I fear electricity-its invisable and it bites!!

I always "hire the wire"
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Old 11-29-2008, 05:46 PM   #4
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When I was a first-time homeowner, I did everything from replacing the the roof to putting in a parquet floor, painting inside and out, wallpapering, plumbing, electricity and rebuilding a bathroom.

These days, I do a lot less.
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Old 11-29-2008, 05:46 PM   #5
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When we were renting out my husbands condo before the wedding, we prepped it ourselves. Paint, tile, crown molding. All of the asthetics. In the new house we needed to add a dishwasher too, and my husband took care of that himself. He taught himself to do the crown molding, ceiling work, and tiling through videos and books. Everything came out great too. He's a natural!
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Old 11-29-2008, 06:12 PM   #6
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I do as much as I can myself... for the big things we hire out, like roofing and stuff like that. Most other home repairs I found I can do myself.
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Old 11-29-2008, 06:17 PM   #7
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I can do everything, even if it means a little reading up on the subject or asking someone in the profession, but I know when it comes to getting a new roof on the house, I will hire out. Too steep and too much labor involved without "the" tools. Plus I've never roofed where you had to use roof jacks, scaffolding or whatever they're called, so haven't a clue.
My former trade is HVAC, so I can handle layout work and construction type stuff, plus have seen most of the trades done by others. Lately I love running new circuits and have rewired a lot in my business that was not wired properly to begin with. And ran a circuit out to my shed and other stuff. I can handle about anything, I just need to get into my working mode. Then I attack it til it's done. And I do it all by myself, I just need lots of jigs and deadmans to make up for the extra hands.

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Old 11-29-2008, 06:28 PM   #8
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Between DH and his stepdad, no paid workers are allowed in our home.
Not that there's anything wrong with that.....
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Old 11-29-2008, 07:07 PM   #9
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DH has been in construction from the age of 17, so, if it can be done, he can do it and does. The only thing that he does not do, is the bigger electrical stuff. He will wire stuff and change out lights and plugs and stuff, but, as for going for breaker box and bigger stuff like that, we hire an electrician. When we moved here, we tore up the floors, sheetrocked, etc.... and I was in all of it. I helped rip up the floors, tear out walls, put new sheetrock and tape and bed. We do okay now together, use to, I would walk away in the first 5 minutes, hehe
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Old 11-29-2008, 07:30 PM   #10
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I have learned, over the last year and a half, to hire someone, pay them, then they go away lol! Too many times has a "friend" offered help, then they expect more than offered in return. Or hang it over my head, or guilt trip me... yeah I have a chip on my shoulder. So, I vote pay a stranger, then they go away until you call again, lol!!!

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