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Old 10-26-2006, 03:44 PM   #16
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Kui****g - My home depot sells copper couplings with OR without stops. Tell those Canadiens to get on the ball!

I agree with most everything I've read here, the only thing I would respectfully disagree with is Josh's comment about never learning from books. WHile I agree it takes a hands-on approach to fine tune your learning or to master something, I still think that books and such have a place in the learning process if used in conjunction with hands-on and practice. If not for books, how do learn certain exact procedures and codes and important little things you may not know by just going at it Hands=on?

Most frustrating about DIY? Hm, I would say probably the fact that each and every thing you do leads you to either want or have to do something else. It never ends, its like a big revolving door. Granted, some aspects of this are nice, you get to make lots of improvement, but I'd have to say it is quite frustrating to know that every project you begin will bring another on it's coat tails.

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Old 10-26-2006, 04:00 PM   #17
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Agreed 187. Made me think of something else I forgot. Probably one of the grandaddies of all frustrations for me.... I refer to it as Pandoras Box. One of the inevitable necessities of doing a job right is pulling up and apart existing structures. The more you pull up, the more you find things done incorrectly or things old and in need of replacement...its just is NEVER ever as easy as you think. At the same time that is what makes a lot of jobs worthwhile and rewarding...finishing with the knowledge that it is done right and built well.
Also I agree about DIY books. Not all are created eqaul but as long as you keep in mind that local codes may apply and that certain aspects may not be perfect AND that other sources can and should be consulted they can be a strong advisary.
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Old 10-26-2006, 05:51 PM   #18
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My biggest frustrtion is that no matter how well I plan - there is always 3 or 4 extra trips to Home Depot / Lowes
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Old 10-26-2006, 06:47 PM   #19
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I have to say that I found permiting to rather overrated as a hassle. Aside from the cost (which at least where I live isn't really all that much) it has been completely painless. The only problem I ever had was when inspecptor was doing his final on the deck at my grandmother's house it freaked her out see someone she didn't know walking around on it. I could have sworn I told her that he was coming.

I completely agree that most books aimed at diyers aren't worth the paper they're printed on.
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Old 10-28-2006, 11:02 PM   #20
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By thinking back to a recent DIY project was there a particular task that you found difficult, annoying, time consuming or dangerous?
A few off the top of my head...

* When I run into Lowes/HD for 15 sheets of drywall and they only have 12 left on the rack and half are busted up.

* Family/friends who don't know which end of a hammer to hold - want me to be their 24/7 on-call handyman.

I can think of more later...

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Old 10-28-2006, 11:04 PM   #21
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My biggest frustrtion is that no matter how well I plan - there is always 3 or 4 extra trips to Home Depot / Lowes
Only blessing in that is there's one of each in my town. So depending which side of the tracks I'm on, I'm within 10 minutes of either one.

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Old 10-29-2006, 10:33 AM   #22
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Ya. And lets not even talk about the lumber At the big boxes.
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I refer to it as Pandoras Box. One of the inevitable necessities of doing a job right is pulling up and apart existing structures. The more you pull up, the more you find things done incorrectly or things old and in need of replacement...
My auto mechanic follows this same strategy: If head gaskets get replaced, might as well figure replacing all the hoses that have to come out to get to the heads... their gonna be worn anyway... might as well get it over with!!


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Old 10-30-2006, 04:37 PM   #24
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Ya. And lets not even talk about the lumber At the big boxes.

That's number 2 on my list. I go to Home Depot and I can bend 2x4s that would take a left hand turn. I swear, I can't understand how wood can even bend like that.
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That's number 2 on my list. I go to Home Depot and I can bend 2x4s that would take a left hand turn. I swear, I can't understand how wood can even bend like that.
I too have seen some freaks of nature in those piles.
Especially with the 2x4's...takes me 30 min to find two reasonably straight studs. For bigger projects I dont even bother anymore...I go to a local yard.
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The most frustrating aspect of any of my projects is the time it takes to complete what originally seemed to be a simple and straightforward process. This is partly due to my wanting to be perfect with the results in a process that I am new to. On the other hand it is satisfying to finally complete a project that was new and kwowing that new skills have been learned. It becomes very challenging when there is a limited amount of time available to a DIYer and the majority of the work is only available on the weekend.
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Old 11-10-2006, 09:19 AM   #27
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Never having enough saw horses.
ditto clamps of the right width..they're always a half inch too small.

Knee pads that crawl away from knee. Why can't someone design a pair that works well?

Mosquitos knats & other critters that are so fond of my face & bod,

Cutting with a circle/skil-saw After many years of use I still can't be pleased with my results. Even with a fence I screw up a bit.

Paint Removers that don't work as advertised.

Nails in 1 lb. boxes instead of bulk bins, Prices are a real screwin.

Caulking ...alot more difficult than you are led to believe by the hype.

Crooked Lumber of course, also crooked contractors and crooked advertising.

Box Store Pricing. There's really VERY FEW Deals.
But at least returns are not much hassle.

Mixing Sakrete..so much harder than you're led to believe.
Any drywall work especially mudding...I leave it to the pros.
Soldering and sweating, sounds so easy but is so damn not so.

Splinters...be careful they'll ruin your next 3 weekends.

Stripped phillips head screws.
Nails that head pops off of when removing.



HomeOwner Associations...Nazis....More un-American than Taliban.


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Old 11-10-2006, 10:34 AM   #28
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not have three or four arms when needed...

for holding a piece up and try to put the screw onto the screw driver which is located just 2 inches out of reach..

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