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Old 06-12-2012, 11:59 PM   #11
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I've mostly done all of my own room and house painting. I'd rather deal with the boredom of painting than deal with paying somebody to let them deal with their own boredom while I deal with not having the money I paid them so I wouldn't be bored.

How many home improvement jobs are really that much fun? It's the thrill of saving money and the thrill of it turning out good that motivates most of us DIY types. It's the thrill that even an amateur can sometimes do a pretty damned good job!
Painting is home maintenance. Is that fun to do? No. But neither is doing laundry, vacuuming, dusting, or mopping. I would rather spend my money on things I can't do, than things I can. So painting and other chores are tedious--that is why they are called chores--um...home maintenance is not fun, it is a necessity if you wish to maintain your financial interest in your home. Weeding the garden isn't fun either, but it is something one either commits to doing if one has a garden or doesn't opt to have a garden. It is all about choices. If you don't want to paint, clean eaves troughs, replace the roof, windows, or flooring, don't buy a house or put the $ aside to hire s/one to do it for you so you can do things that are more fun like go to the beach.
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:40 AM   #12
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I just put my own ceiling fan up, and put together a railing for the porch. I (mostly) enjoyed doing it, and I get great satisfaction out of "I did it myself!"

However, I also know how to change my own oil, run a chainsaw, sweat copper, change out a faucet--but sometimes the hassle makes it worth having someone else do it.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:13 AM   #13
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I just put my own ceiling fan up, and put together a railing for the porch. I (mostly) enjoyed doing it, and I get great satisfaction out of "I did it myself!"

However, I also know how to change my own oil, run a chainsaw, sweat copper, change out a faucet--but sometimes the hassle makes it worth having someone else do it.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:36 AM   #14
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I did not do a lot in our first house, but this one I build a whole bedroom and bathroom, then build a deck, front porch, finished basement, remodeled the kitchen; that was with in first 10 years. Nowadays I am so lazy I do not want to do anything. Just really too tired.
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I learned quick how to DIY on a lot of things when we moved in here. The first project was the ceiling fan in the living room, I had no idea that it would be so easy to fix. Then came a modest bathroom remodel, I learned some plumbing and did some more electrical replacements. I don't really like DIY, but I want my home to look nice, without having to go into debt for it. With some savvy shopping and the willingness to do some work, I transformed a small outdated, ugly bathroom for under $400.
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Also, DIY'ers tend to accumulate lots of tools over the years. Just having these tools readily available at hand make these DIY projects easy. Also, one must sometimes purchase specialized tools for certain jobs but most of them practically pay for themselves after their initial use in labor savings had you hired a pro to do the job in the first place.
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I have been a woodworker/cabinetmaker my entire life and have remodeled hundreds of kitchens, just not my own yet. I have pretty much remodeled the entire rest of my house and redone the landscaping too.
I have made alot of the furniture I have indoors and out. I have done several tiling projects so far and I enjoy that too. I am also the one who does the decorating and designing. My wife just doesn't have much interest in it.

The only thing I really hate is PLUMBING! I always make 5 trips to the store and wind up throwing out my back or shoulder or something else.
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The only thing I really hate is PLUMBING! I always make 5 trips to the store ...
Me too! I've often told the same story. I'm usually pretty good at DIY but my plumbing projects always turn nasty. But to my credit, they always get done.
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This was my most recent plumbing project. I decided to remodel the porcelain receptacle. However, my expertise ended at the point where this picture was taken and I called a plumber to do the rest.
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With plumbing projects, repairs, re-piping, or whatever, I always buy way more pipes, connectors, adapters....whatever needed, more than what the job calls for, just so that I don't have to go running back to Home Depot multiple times. After the job is complete I return all unused items for a refund on my next trip there.
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