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  • Bob Vila is a punk. I can build/fix anything

    4 6.67%
  • I like to putter on the weekends but am no expert

    20 33.33%
  • I usually pay other people to do things

    21 35.00%
  • What's a screwdriver ?

    5 8.33%
  • Live in an appartment, still in school, don't know yet

    10 16.67%
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    How handy around the house are you?

    There is nothing I enjoy more than spending a weekend day puttering around the house working on "stuff". I'm 100% weekend warrior but I love to build shelves, hang new lights, fix gutter flashing and patch drywall. I'm certinally no expert but it's fun learning how to do something new.

    This is a new found (within the past 5 years) enjoyment. I think it's because I place a strong emphasis on a safe/warm/comfortable home since I am usually in a hotel, car or customers office.

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    Re: How handy around the house are you?

    I fiddle around with computers, take em part, put em together, change stuff...etc. Even fixed my daughter's ipod (which supposedly couldn't be done)

    I'm lost around a toilet, a cabinet, the yard and even the car. I have no idea how to use a power drill.

    My wife is kind of handy...so that helps.

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    Re: How handy around the house are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by oneupper View Post
    I fiddle around with computers, take em part, put em together, change stuff...etc. Even fixed my daughter's ipod (which supposedly couldn't be done)

    I'm lost around a toilet, a cabinet, the yard and even the car. I have no idea how to use a power drill.

    My wife is kind of handy...so that helps.

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    My love is electronics--simple analog stuff. Not good with computers/chips. Can do most things around the house except for plumbing. Can't do anything there.

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    Re: How handy around the house are you?

    My house is over 100 years old, so I bought a 1951 version of the Home Repair book from Better Homes and Gardens, it's like having a blueprint to your home.

    I've done alot of minor work, toilet replace etc... but I don't enjoy it... well more then paying out the nose for it.

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    Re: How handy around the house are you?

    Option 2, Bob. I fiddle around quite a bit with all kinds of stuff but I typically have little idea what I'm doing. I can run some fence or make minor repairs but I'm not much on major projects. My dad helped me build a loafing shed last spring. All I did was swing a hammer and cut where he told me to cut. He's the guru, not me.

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    Re: How handy around the house are you?

    Not a handy guy. I can turn a screwdriver, drill a pilot hole, hammer a nail, and that's about it.

    Our house was built in the early 1940s. It had been through a decent renovation before we bought it 3 years ago. Plenty to do, though.

    My wife has worked for both a home builder and an apartment construction / management companry, so it's usually pretty easy for her to get the name & number of a handyman to come over to take care of something for us. I work for a decent sized organization and I've gotten to know a couple of the maintenance guys. A couple times a year, they'll come over and take care of a list of a half-dozen things (replacing light fixtures/switches, minor carpentry & plumbing, installing a screen door, etc). My philosophy is that these folks (1) know what the heck they're doing, (2) have the tools, and (3) do great work for pretty reasonable money. I, on the other hand, don't have a clue what I'm doing, don't have anything beyond a basic tool set, and am pretty strapped for time. Therefore, we outsource.

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    Re: How handy around the house are you?

    I worked my way through college doing a variety of jobs... But one of them was working with my uncle as a general contractor. I learned to do almost every part of home building, except Pluming and electrical... SO I choose option 1.
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    Re: How handy around the house are you?

    I'm halfway between "putter on the weekends" and "pay someone else to do it". Most real repair jobs I leave to the professionals, but recently I've been doing some work on my unfinished basement, making it into a liveable space for less than $1000. I finished the stairwell, installed some outlets, hung a couple pieces of drywall, painted the concrete walls, and got some free carpet from a friend and carpeted the stairs and the "living room" section of the basement. I plan to finish installing the carpet this weekend.

    BTW - since this is "my" space, my wife is letting me turn it into a Reds room. And I'm getting a hefty bonus from work this year, so I'm getting a HD home theatre projector, too. I'll post some photos once it's done.
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    Re: How handy around the house are you?

    I do all right. Maybe not quite #1 but close to it. I won't build an addition onto the house but I can do most everything else. I do it myself mostly because I'm cheap.

    I've done my share of ripping out old bathrooms and redoing them, laying ceramic floor tiles, new cabinets and counters, wiring rooms (I leave working at the breaker box to pros though), light fixtures/switches/outlets, basic plumbing (know the difference between copper and PVC), painting/wallpapering/"wall effects", hang drywall (have learned to hire out the finishing, I can do it but they are lot better at it), basic concrete (worked for a concrete company in college), wield my chainsaw with a flourish, new flowerbeds, put in a pond with a waterfall, etc etc.

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    Re: How handy around the house are you?

    I understand GAC's pretty good with lawn mowers.
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    Re: How handy around the house are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    I understand GAC's pretty good with lawn mowers.
    The investigation is still ongoing. But I've never let broken bones and 2nd degree burns ever get in the way of home repair. It sure didn't stop Wiley Coyote, and it ain't gonna stop me.

    Bones heal, hair and eyebrows grow back; but being able to stand back on your crutches and bandages at the end of the day and admire a job well down?... Well, unless you've ever been there and experienced it, it's really hard to explain the euphoric feeling one experiences from that and the Percocet.

    Owner's manuals are for idiots.

    And at least I do know the proper way to use (and store) an awl.

    Do-It-Yourself home repair is a high risk occupation. It's a percentage game where you learn to accept the good with the bad.

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    Re: How handy around the house are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by GAC View Post
    The investigation is still ongoing. But I've never let broken bones and 2nd degree burns ever get in the way of home repair. It sure didn't stop Wiley Coyote, and it ain't gonna stop me.
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    Cool! You must own that nice Acme brand tool set

    You can always tell when I have to do any type of plumbing around the house because the kids always learn a new word or two.

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    Re: How handy around the house are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by minus5 View Post
    Cool! You must own that nice Acme brand tool set

    You can always tell when I have to do any type of plumbing around the house because the kids always learn a new word or two.
    I'm trying to get my oldest boy to go into plumbing. He already has the crack for it.

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    Re: How handy around the house are you?

    Just say NO to crack, GAC!
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    Re: How handy around the house are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by GAC View Post
    I'm trying to get my oldest boy to go into plumbing. He already has the crack for it.

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