Hope I didn't offend by not posting an introduction first - I didn't see the PM til I posted my question about water heater expansion tank.
Anyway, my name is Phill (for the purpose of usernames, that's 2 "l"'s) and I'm from a little town in Mass. If you ever rode the pike, and blinked, you blew through our little hamlet.
I enjoy working on the home and fixing what was really bad work done by previous owner. I can do most things that are legal on my own, but am not resistant to call a pro (many friends are licenced tradesmen) and act as assistant. But I hate being a pain with little questions, that's why I'm here.
Welcome Phill! Hey, the very best way to learn to do things is to act as an assistant to a professional tradesman while they're working on something, as you described. Post your questions and offer help where you can...And enjoy the site!