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Go for it - do it yourself 2 100.00%
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Old 11-17-2007, 07:13 PM   #1
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Hi from Manchester CT


I just found this site while trying to figure out if I should attempt retiling my bathtub wall area. Our house is 53 years old and the bathroom has never been redone. I'm putting a daughter through college right now and don't have money to spend to hire a contractor. Earlier this week, several of the bath wall tiles fell off the wall. Others look like they're going to go soon. I've got family coming for Christmas including 3 young grandaughters - so I've got to do something quick. Can I do this myself? I'm pretty handy - I ripped all the old woodwork out of my hallway and replaced it myself but this project is scary! Any thoughts?

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Old 11-17-2007, 09:06 PM   #2
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Hi from Manchester CT


Are you an ''information'' type person? Are you skilled with your hands? Do you have an eye for detail?...among other questions.

Also: Do you have another bathroom that can be used while you are ''involving'' the one you wrote in about?

There are some people that are "naturals" when it comes to "Doing it Yourself".

Then,...there are some that just should not even "looK" at a tool....

We can be your "cheerleading group"....but, you still should be honest with yourself, about your abilities ....and .....what your wife has told you.... ("Honey, you should hire somebody to do that....." OR .... "Why don't you just tackle it yourself?")

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Old 11-18-2007, 07:24 AM   #3
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Hi from Manchester CT


You answered the question yourself... you don't have the money to spend on a contractor.
I'd say do it yourself. You might not meet your deadline but you'll be proud of your accomplishments after it's done (provided that you do a good job). If your not too handy then every time you look at it you'll think "that looks like crap".
For me, the amount of time I think a project will take never seems to match how long it actually takes (usually it takes about 5x longer). It's the learning curve. Patience and quality go hand in hand for DIYers.
This is a great board and there's always an answer close by when you run into "I don't know what to do next" problems.
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Old 11-18-2007, 05:40 PM   #4
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Hi from Manchester CT


I need to clarify something. I AM the wife here. My husband wouldn't attempt this if I held a gun to his head. But wait and see who takes the credit.
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Hi from Manchester CT


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I need to clarify something. I AM the wife here. My husband wouldn't attempt this if I held a gun to his head. But wait and see who takes the credit.
Well, that answers any questions about his DIY skills....

In that case, I say: Go for it! (That's my vote too)
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