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Old 01-16-2007, 11:15 AM   #1
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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.


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Old 01-16-2007, 11:24 AM   #2
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Old 01-17-2007, 10:58 AM   #3
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You will find that it is not only females that get the shuffle from some contractors. When getting bids from contractors, let them know that you will be contacting others also. You may be able to contact the manufacturer of the boiler for routine maintenance and service. Most have service manuals which you can obtain. Then all you need to do is seperate what you still do not understand and get advice on that. Good luck with your projects.
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Old 01-19-2007, 11:55 AM   #4
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Old 01-21-2007, 09:22 AM   #5
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