When General, (not Difficult) Repairs Are Needed In Your Home, What Do You Do?

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michelle hamilton Profile
I'd prefer to fix it myself before hiring someone that charges way to much that I could do myself. I also have friends that will do the job really really cheap if I really really need them otherwise, I paint, put up all my own wall border, install my own faucets and my boyfriend has installed some light fixtures and ceiling fans.
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Moe Pence
Moe Pence commented
I do too, which is what prompted my question. I think it's good to know how to do these things yourself -- I get a sense of pride in the work, when I learn how to do something I used to have to call someone else in to do!
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Anonymous answered
Most of the time I prefer to do these things myself. Some jobs I just really like (painting, wall papering, spackling) and I like the satisfaction of being able to do it myself or to learn somethings new. When I face a job that I haven't done before, and feel like I could really mess it (or myself!) up if I made a mistake (like burn the house down, flood my house, or electrocute myself-- LOL!), then I call someone to help walk me through it, and I pay them, but watch to learn, and ask a lot of questions about it, hoping I can do it myself next time. Also, when a job needs major tools I don't have, I usually just call a contractor, though I don't like paying someone for something I can do myself, given the right tools.
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Moe Pence
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That's so true! Many times when I'm unsure of how to do something (I recently put in a new circuit in the electrical panel box), I'll go online and print out the specific instructions, with illustrations, to follow. Plumbing is one of the things I don't usually push my luck with, though! I'm currently in the process of repairing and sealing cinder block basement walls -- time consuming, but the local companies wanted over $2000 to do the job, and it's really not all that difficult.
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mike carlsen answered
I usually do it myself. I'm a tightwad ;) lol! Besides, I hate having to wait for a professional to show up.
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Moe Pence
Moe Pence commented
I completely agree with you! I've learned more about how to fix and re-do home related problems ---- and saving money in the bargain, by doing the repairs myself. Half the time the service people here never show up anyway.
mike carlsen
mike carlsen commented
Lol! I hear ya! I'm actually at my folks on a two week vacation doing projects on their place ;) they're getting work done for just the cost of supplies and i get moms great cooking! We both win ;)
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My fiance and his dad are Mr. Fixits so when something needs done one or both of them do it. My fiances dad is a licensed contractor and we help him with a lot of remodeling jobs... So we do it ourselves.
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That has to be wonderful, having people you can trust and who know their stuff, right in the family!

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