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Old 08-22-2006, 08:02 PM   #1
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The first rule is be prepared for your project by researching and asking a lot of questions and by resourcing all of you products and equipment (locally if possible).

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The second rule would be get 3 estimates just so you can actually see what is involved when you decide to DIY.

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Third, take the estimates and creat your product list.
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4th, always have a plan be for lodging. You may think you can sleep in your house while the finish is curing, but you may be totally shocked. So, pack your bags and get a hotel room or a hide-a-bed at a friends house. You'll be more comfortable and refreshed for another day of hard work.
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It is ok to hire a professional if you think you are in too deep. I've gone in and completed many DIY floors without gouging or giving the customer a hard time. A good professional can laugh right along with you and make a fare wage at the same time.
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Let's see, 6th...always pay for the damage protection on rental equipment...you'll be glad you did.
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7th...always wear proper safety equipment...knee pads, good shoes, respirator, dust masks etc. 3m makes good products.
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And finally number 8, start in the dark corners of the home...like a back bedroom...and then end in the main living room where people will be more critical. That way you can train yourself as you go.
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Now that I am done with my 8 rules, I'm sure you all have discovered some more through the School of Hard Knocks. Feel free to add them to this list.
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The second rule would be get 3 estimates just so you can actually see what is involved when you decide to DIY.

This is the only rule I am not a fan of.
If you wanna learn how to DIY perhaps theres a better way than wasting 3 peoples time who are looking for work to feed their families huh?
BUT, if perhaps you are looking for pro work, then 3 estimates are perfect.

It's a moral thing IMO.
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This is the only rule I am not a fan of.
If you wanna learn how to DIY perhaps theres a better way than wasting 3 peoples time who are looking for work to feed their families huh?
BUT, if perhaps you are looking for pro work, then 3 estimates are perfect.

It's a moral thing IMO.
my g/f does the same thing, she will take her vehicle some where to be diagnosed and then tell me to fix it (i'm a h/d diesel mechanic). I tell her to take it back to whoever diagnosed it and pay them to finish the job.


karma will get ya
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This is the only rule I am not a fan of.
If you wanna learn how to DIY perhaps theres a better way than wasting 3 peoples time who are looking for work to feed their families huh?
BUT, if perhaps you are looking for pro work, then 3 estimates are perfect.

It's a moral thing IMO.
I totally agree with you, but I was just trying to fill some space here as well as communicate to this general audience of DIYers.

I dread going out on estimates only to discover it was a total waste of my time and knowledge. Most pros will give information on a need to know basis and also don't really give that much detail on their bids.

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true.
I would only get a free estimate to decide IF I would DIY. It may be too much financially or even technically.

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