Re: How handy around the house are you?
Three kitchen remodels later, I realize the dumbest thing I ever did was to pick up a hammer in front of my wife and not crack myself in the skull with it.
I remember this like it was yesterday:
We had a shed in the back yard that was riddled with termites. The siding was corrugated steel, and other than being old it was in good shape. In fact, it was worth saving for its character. Also, the neighborhood was historic, and in order to tear it down and rebuild, I'd have to go through the peculiar and excrutiating hell known as an historic commission review.
So, I propped up the roof, tore out the walls and replaced them, put the siding back on and lowered the roof back onto the shed. It looked exactly like an old shed except now it had pressure treated wood sills and framing.
The wife came out when I had the job done, took one look at it and said,
"Oh man, have I got plans for you, carpenter boy."
Thirteen years later, I finally put my foot down and told her I'm done. If she wants something other than paint or landscaping done, she's gotta hire a contractor.
Dusty Baker, second shooter. --Confirmed on Redszone.