Hello, I've been a DIY for over 5 years now, and caught the sickness from my parents.
I completely gutted my first home and had my hand in everything from there on, from electrical to plumbing to drywall to installing the furnace and water heater, etc etc etc.
I'm looking at moving to an old brick home right now, and I have zero experience with boilers (it has baseboard heat) and brick. The rest of it I can (mostly) handle.
I think I'm sort of pro-am, as I have contracted out a number of jobs to people because they know I can do the work.
The most frusterating part of being a single female homeowner is the number of contractors that think being a woman means that I can't possibly understand anything about working on a house. About half of the few that I have had estimate work on the house have tried to take me for a ride. I'd rather pay a little extra to someone who is honest with me than save money and go with someone who insults my intelligence.