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Old 06-10-2015, 10:26 AM   #1
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What Do YOU Love About DIY?


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"This country is rapidly becoming a nation of do-it-yourselfers again. A century ago, many people built their own homes and maintained them on their own. In the following decades, it became much more common for home construction, maintenance and remodeling to be left to professional contractors.

However, many factors in recent years are encouraging homeowners to start tackling these kinds of projects themselves. While it might be a bit daunting at first, many DIY projects are easier than they seem once you get into the nuts and bolts of the project. In addition, there are numerous advantages to doing these types of jobs for yourself."

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I work with my hands as a toolmaker, so it's just a natural extension for me. I'd just rather build something. anything, than buy it. I'm just now finishing up building my own house, something I've always wanted to do. It saved me a huge amount of money (we have no mortgage!), it is built to exceed code in every way, and I enjoyed the heck out of designing it and building it. I read forums every day concerning home building, and I can't believe the screw-ups that 'professionals' make on these homes, some of which are well north of a million dollars. My favorite one was about a custom home- built on the wrong lot! That's not to say that all, or even many builders are idiots, but at least I know every inch of my house is right.

There are other benefits, too. My wife thinks I'm amazing, and let's me buy whatever tools I say I need, without question. If women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy!
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Just this AM using HF O-rings I repaired leaks in two kitchen type faucets. Cost was less than $2.
That is why I DIY. Why should I call a "professional" when I am much more qualified to do the job than they.

Built my house, put in septic, plumbed well and fresh water supply, did all my electrical, made my cabinets.

Been DIY all my life (past 70) so why stop now.
Will clean carb on small engine later today.

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1. The obvious.......to save money.
2. It's USUALLY fun.
3. It's so satisfying to take a project to completion knowing you did all the work.
4. I love the tools you "need" to buy to do the DIY tasks, although this cuts into reason #1
5. Sometimes it's a "have to" because so many of the good professionals out there are too busy to get to your job in any kind of timely manner.
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When you know more than the "professionals", and they quit in the middle of a job, because you keep correcting them.

SOMEBODY HAS TO DO IT!

or it don't get done.


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A professional is just someone who does DIY for a living. LOL I started doing DIY back when I was just a kid, poor as a church mouse. Later I knew I couldn't hire the high dollar professionals so I just learned how to do things myself.

I love doing DIY but even after building many homes and tons of woodworking, there are still somethings I still don't know how to do but I love learning especially hands on.

Speaking of being poor, when I grew up, we ate so many greens, my Mama had to tie kerosene rags around my ankles to keep cut worms away from me.
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We were so poor that we ate "beans & taters" and samoa.

Some more beans and taters that is.

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I like the joke section myself.
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To add to what others have said, I like the total control. Nothing will be hidden from me, no cut corners, no time-pressure. I don't like having to watch someone else do the work to make sure it's done right.
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Besides the money savings? There's no better satisfaction than when you finish building/fixing something useful.
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