Just for clarity, I think the heading should be "troublesome" (or maybe "frustrating") "task" rather than "trade", because it's not the trade that is troublesome. A trade, by definition and out in the world, typically involves persons trained and skilled in that particular line of work. Plumbing for example is not my favorite task to take on, and more often than not it's not cutting and threading pipe or sweating copper fittings that's frustrating but rather the knowledge to be able to get the right part the first time and proceed. I've said for years that plumbing tasks are "three trippers", meaning 3 trips to the hardware or supply house, and consequently it is not necessarily enjoyable every time. On the other hand, I have worked beside plumbers on both residential and commercial jobs, and sure, they have their gripes about the job conditions, the boss, the union, the wife, and all of the other things that the rest of us have, but they keep on working, it comes out just like it should, and I would go so far as to say that most of them enjoy what they do. And they must because they have a pretty good amount of time and money invested to get where they are. The same goes for all trades. Take Mark Sr here for example. I don't know if he has been to actual paint classes or anything like that, assume a few along the way, but he obviously enjoys painting, so he pays attention to things he has read and learned, it makes sense, and can offer what I consider expert advice to others. I would categorize him as a tradesman. Me, well, I would bet that given two identical rooms in an average home, something like my own, no vaulted ceilings and so on to deal with, I could make my room like just like his. But, not knowing all of the things he has learned over the years, I might spend close to an entire day to do what he did in a couple of hours, and I'll probably be twice as beat because he's used to it, paced himself, etc. So can I do the job myself, be totally satisfied when I am done, and keep the money that I might have otherwise spent? Yes, most definitely. Does that make me a tradesman? No.