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Old 02-13-2019, 12:32 PM   #1
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Why Do You Prefer To Do It Yourself?


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With the growth of the service economy and the ease of finding professional craftspeople using the internet, is there any reason to repair or build things around the house anymore? Why should you spend so much of your free time doing DIY projects around the house when you can replace broken objects or just call a repair person? 5 Reasons to Do-It-Yourself!
Why do you prefer to do things yourself? Whatís the biggest benefit youíve found from fixing things around the house yourself instead of hiring someone? Is it really just about saving money or is there more to it?
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Saving money is a great by-product. Mostly enjoyment of mechanical things, pride, satisfaction, and OCD issues. Sometimes better know-how than some professionals, stupidity and ego.
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DIY helps to prevent the heart attack when I see what people are charging.
But being able to fix the often unanticipated problems that pop up instead of having a contractor just bury them is a big plus. I don't always blame them as their quote didn't include the extra and stopping to add in the 'whatever' work slows them down. It is a byproduct of dealing with people who have to make a living.

Being retired now makes DIY a fun part of my remaining time, keeps me busy.

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Number one is the monetary saving. Number two -- I built it so I know how to fix it or improve it.
I have the tools, the knowledge, but old age (74) has made me rethink a few things as I will no longer climb on roof, can't lift heavy things, and only have two hands. That is where grandson comes in as I train him to DIY.


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Number one is the monetary saving. Number two -- I built it so I know how to fix it or improve it.
I have the tools, the knowledge, but old age (74) has made me rethink a few things as I will no longer climb on roof, can't lift heavy things, and only have two hands. That is where grandson comes in as I train him to DIY.


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If we don't teach our children and grandchildren we will have a generation that doesn't have a clue how to do it themselves. I absolutely love when I hear stories of folks including youth in their projects.
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Well, saving money is a definite plus, but there is also the satisfaction of completing a repair or project yourself, of not being totally dependent on somebody else for the day-to-day events in life. There are certain things I don't do anymore including most auto repairs. I don't have that facilities and haven't kept up with the technology. Back in the day I completely took a motorcycle down to the frame, and rebuilt the engine in my first car in the driveway (much to Dad's chagrin) but no more. I have a very good mechanic who I trust, which is a huge plus. Every time I have moved, I would rather find a new dentist than a new mechanic. I used to be two minutes from him but am now about half an hour but I ain't changing.



The growth of Internet-sourced contractors may be more of an urban thing arising from younger people who either have grown up with no interest or lack the space to do anything in their small condos and apartments. Where I am, getting a contractor to do a relatively small job can be really frustrating. I have often tried to get the recommended three quotes on a job and feel lucky to get two callbacks. I haven't done enough renovations to develop a solid relationship with with a contractor. My brother and daughter but have 'their guy' which is great for getting small jobs done. So long as it is within my comfort zone - or I'm willing to get frisky - I'd rather do it myself. I am certainly not highly skilled, but so long as I figure I can do it safely, not kill myself or botch it to the point that it will cost me more to get somebody in the clean up my mess, I'll try in myself. The lumber yard is full of wood waiting to be turned into kindling by my skilled hand.
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I have had many issues with contractors in the past but I think it all comes down to one thing. A contractor is someone who wants to spend the smallest amount of time on each job while charging the highest price he thinks you will pay.
I have limited money to spend and when I end up going full OCD on a project I have no problem putting in tons of extra time.

A good contractor knows lots of shortcuts and has tools to do the job quickly but this comes with a price. Plus, he may skip details that are not important to him but are a big deal to me.
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If we don't teach our children and grandchildren we will have a generation that doesn't have a clue how to do it themselves. I absolutely love when I hear stories of folks including youth in their projects.
Yeah, all of the above. I can't remember a time when I wasn't tinkering with something, taking something apart to learn how it works, building something or rebuilding something. I guess some are just born with it.

And some are not. None of my kids got the mechanical "bug." Oh, they're smart, have good careers, are artistic, and whatever other good things you can say about someone. But they all had no interest in figuring out how things work, or fixing or building things. One daughter (who spent a lot of time "helping" her grandfather puttering around the shop) has come around and is pretty handy around the house.

I've heard things like this often skip a generation. There are stories about my grandfather and his brother or cousin building a boat in the basement, and having to remove a wall to get it out. He was also a lifelong sailor. So maybe there's some truth to it.
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Because if something is going to break, itíll do so at 3:00am on Christmas Eve. Thatís a huge reason Iím glad I assisted on the repipe/replumb of my house, I know where it all is and how it connects.
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I have a day job and am not always satisfied with the accomplishments...DIY gives me a sense of accomplishment, I enjoy doing it and I just find it fascinating. I get permits, I get it inspected. I also know some certified plumbers, HVAC and electricians. I often even pay them just to validate my plans ahead of time. It isn't about saving money though that often comes with it.

Some people golf, watch TV and movies, etc...I DIY. It sometimes costs me more to do it myself as well hahaha. When it comes to my home, I get more satisfaction out of saying ya, I built that deck, versus look at the deck I paid to have done.
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When I was young I use to look forward to diy. Because I would always have to buy a couple tools for myself. That was my reward along with the self accomplishment. I figured I could pay someone so many dollars or I could do it myself. Order that tool and have some change leftover. Really there isnít much I havenít done. But Iíve also learned that thereís some things I donít want to do. The roofers get paid lol. Iíve always done my own countertops, Formica and tile over the years. But those guys get paid too since weíve changed granite countertops a few times. I built my last home. I got bored with work and built a few others. I lost a pretty penny on one where I just didnít figure right. I respect the builders as well. A lot of money to be laid out before you get it back. My kids are all diy and so far I think one of my grandkids will be as well. Sheís really young at nine but wonít hesitate to grab a screw gun, drill, hammer or paint brush. Takes a little longer but good quality time. Think she enjoys it.


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Cost is probably in there somewhere, but it's mostly getting it done exactly how I want it and adding little features that professionals either don't think of or just don't care enough about doing (like putting a plug horizontal instead of vertical so it looks better, etc.)
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Saving money was my primary reason for learning diy but the satisfaction from having done it myself comes in a close second. Also when you diy you are more likely to get a job done the way you want it done.


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DIY helps to prevent the heart attack when I see what people are charging

Bud made a good point! It would upset me to have to pay my hard earned money to someone to do what I know I can do for far less. I was dismayed at how long it took me to gut and remodel our full bath last summer but I did save thousands compared to hiring it done.
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In the mid 80s, was having a tear-off/re-roof down to the rafters. Hip roof, ~40 squares on a 1910 house. Was quoted $4500. They are supposed to fix any bad stuff.
Was watching one afternoon. Guy is out near edge of wider hip wailing away putting on shingles and one of the exposed rafters breaks off about 4 from the roof edge and is hanging by one nail. GC tells me well just scab it back.



I told my architect buddy I can do better than that. He said whoever has the hammer that day is the carpenter.


Met GC later that week to settle up. He says,OK, looks like total is $10k. I asked what about the estimate? He said "Hell buddy, it was just an estimate".
That's when I got seriously into DIY.
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I grew up on a small farm... stuff would break in the middle of using it, so you fixed it yourself.

Fast forward 50 years. Where we live now there really aren't many good contractors. So, do it yourself now, or pay somebody to do it and then re-do their screw ups.

The internet really is a wealth of knowledge, do your research, and there isn't much a mechanically minded person can't do on their own today.
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