Are you handy around the house?

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    Nov 04, 2011 8:16 PM GMT
    I'm not particularly handy. Seriously, we have to call someone to unclog our sinks.

    We're moving in a few months and have decided to rent our house instead of sell it (thank you shitty housing market) so we're getting it ready for prospective tenants. In the past two weeks, I've replaced our garbage disposer, replaced a toilet fill valve, sanded and re-finished several steps that had been worn down, and ripped out and replaced a bunch of floor molding (the demolition part is fun!). I have never bent so many fucking nails in my life.

    I'm like one of those tragic shows on HGTV where the homeowner has no idea what he's doing but eventually slaps a coat of paint on and it all comes together. What about you -- any good at this stuff? Wanna work on my house?

    (@paulflexes: I said handy, not handsy)
  • Bowyn_Aerrow

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    Nov 04, 2011 8:31 PM GMT
    I fix things, I make them go.

    My first love has always been wood... I better clarify that - I am a carpenter by nature.

    I have a natural 'knack' for fixing stuff, building stuff etc.




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    Nov 04, 2011 8:47 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidI bought a house built in the 60's ... I remodeled the entire thing by myself (took me 5 years .... I'll never do that again)
    Try renovating an 1800's house.. 4 yrs and I wont do THAT again either!
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    Nov 04, 2011 8:52 PM GMT
    Yeah, I've been victimized since college, mostly by girls, who knew that I a) owned tools, b) owned a truck, and c) was horny enough to work for the faint hope that they might put out.

    I've spent the last ten years building my place, and it's finally just about what I'd consider finished.

    Now my Mom is moving to a retirement home and I'm faced with the heap that Dad and Grandpa threw together one summer. I learned a lot about "how not do do things" from that place. Can't decide whether to a) re-build it and try to rent it or b) throw a match and roast some weiners. I'm guessing that option a) will require a lot of bad words and some tears, while option b) will require beer and mustard.
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    Nov 04, 2011 8:56 PM GMT
    Damn straight. I get my tips from Red Green.

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    Nov 04, 2011 8:58 PM GMT
    Do I look like I'm handy around the house? No, I'm not, I also can't cook, cant clean, I'm pretty useless, thank God I'm so darn cute.
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    Nov 04, 2011 8:59 PM GMT
    TropicalMark said
    AMoonHawk saidI bought a house built in the 60's ... I remodeled the entire thing by myself (took me 5 years .... I'll never do that again)
    Try renovating an 1800's house.. 4 yrs and I wont do THAT again either!


    Mine is 1929... which in Phoenix is considered historic. I thought it would be fun to live in an historic home -- they're so charming! Will never do that again. I want the cookie cutter home where nothing ever needs to be repaired. And if it does, it's all standard sizes you can get at Home Depot.
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    Nov 04, 2011 9:00 PM GMT
    I'm somewhat handy. I built this small house from the ground up, by myself. The only help I had was when my brother helped lay the hardwood floor.

    I would be glad to offer help, but by the time you paid my airfare, you could hire the work done. lol
  • somedaytoo

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    Nov 04, 2011 9:01 PM GMT
    yep, rebuilt my entire house.
  • dancedancekj

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    Nov 04, 2011 9:03 PM GMT
    Still learning, but I like finding out how to make things work and how they work. The more I can fix myself, the less money I technically have to spend to call someone to repair it. And also knowing when my amateur skills are outclassed and I need to call a professional icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 04, 2011 9:10 PM GMT
    No.

    That's why God gave us other people.
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    Nov 04, 2011 9:12 PM GMT
    I'm really good at cleaning in my underwear, does that count as being handy?
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    Nov 04, 2011 9:12 PM GMT
    Yup i got that from my father,i can fix from some electronic stuff thru vacuum cleaners to washing machines icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 04, 2011 9:13 PM GMT
    I took a job this summer with a house flipper. He had been in the home repair business for 9 years and I ended up teaching him a thing or two just based on knowledge I had picked up, or methods I taught myself on the spot...

    I guess it's the logical/mechanical side of me. I did the bulk of the work remodeling and repairing 6 houses this summer. They sold rather quickly, because he also let me decide style choices after the first one. My creative side is much stronger icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 04, 2011 9:18 PM GMT
    Considering my grandfather and his father built the house I live in, it's embarrassing how little I do know, but we're working on that. Last winter I repaired the refrigerator using internet research (fixya.com is a gr8 site) and one part I ordered through the mail.

    We also figured out how to get the oil pump on the furnace primed and started again when they let us run out of oil in January.

    Right now I'm in the middle of installing a sump pump and building a patio behind my deck, but the latter was covered by a pile of branches in the storm last weekend, and I'm not brave enough to mess with a chain saw so waiting for the tree guys.
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    Nov 04, 2011 9:21 PM GMT
    7Famark saidI'm really good at cleaning in my underwear, does that count as being handy?


    That counts towards GETTING a handy.

    Wait...what are we talking about?
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    Nov 04, 2011 9:22 PM GMT
    Cash said
    7Famark saidI'm really good at cleaning in my underwear, does that count as being handy?


    That counts towards GETTING a handy.

    Wait...what are we talking about?


    Aw just a handy for all my hard-work?!
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    Nov 04, 2011 9:23 PM GMT
    I built the thing, so I hope so.
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    Nov 04, 2011 9:27 PM GMT
    endo said
    TropicalMark said
    AMoonHawk saidI bought a house built in the 60's ... I remodeled the entire thing by myself (took me 5 years .... I'll never do that again)
    Try renovating an 1800's house.. 4 yrs and I wont do THAT again either!


    Mine is 1929... which in Phoenix is considered historic. I thought it would be fun to live in an historic home -- they're so charming! Will never do that again. I want the cookie cutter home where nothing ever needs to be repaired. And if it does, it's all standard sizes you can get at Home Depot.
    Well I guess we both learned that lesson!
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    Nov 04, 2011 9:31 PM GMT
    TropicalMark said
    endo said
    TropicalMark said
    AMoonHawk saidI bought a house built in the 60's ... I remodeled the entire thing by myself (took me 5 years .... I'll never do that again)
    Try renovating an 1800's house.. 4 yrs and I wont do THAT again either!


    Mine is 1929... which in Phoenix is considered historic. I thought it would be fun to live in an historic home -- they're so charming! Will never do that again. I want the cookie cutter home where nothing ever needs to be repaired. And if it does, it's all standard sizes you can get at Home Depot.
    Well I guess we both learned that lesson!


    The biggest problem we have is that nothing is square. My BF's late dad and I laid a new vinyl floor in the kitchen upstairs and -- while it mostly lined up on three sides, on the fourth wall the scrap tile on the edge went from 2" to 5" in the distance of 8 feet. My grandfather wrote that off to "settling".
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    Nov 04, 2011 9:36 PM GMT
    njmeanwhile said
    TropicalMark said
    endo said
    TropicalMark said
    AMoonHawk saidI bought a house built in the 60's ... I remodeled the entire thing by myself (took me 5 years .... I'll never do that again)
    Try renovating an 1800's house.. 4 yrs and I wont do THAT again either!


    Mine is 1929... which in Phoenix is considered historic. I thought it would be fun to live in an historic home -- they're so charming! Will never do that again. I want the cookie cutter home where nothing ever needs to be repaired. And if it does, it's all standard sizes you can get at Home Depot.
    Well I guess we both learned that lesson!


    The biggest problem we have is that nothing is square. My BF's late dad and I laid a new vinyl floor in the kitchen upstairs and -- while it mostly lined up on three sides, on the fourth wall the scrap tile on the edge went from 2" to 5" in the distance of 8 feet. My grandfather wrote that off to "settling".
    LOL.. after taking the entire building to studs (balloon framing) we squared it everywhere with sistered studs.. makes life alot easier when moving forward..

    It was amazing how unsquare it was as original construction. It was a good job, just not very 'attention to detail' oriented.

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    Nov 04, 2011 9:41 PM GMT
    I am handy but no longer have the use of both hands, so I have to depend on explaining what to do which is much harder (and frustrating) than it might seem.
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    Nov 04, 2011 9:58 PM GMT
    Cash saidNo.

    That's why God gave us other people.


    Exactly!
  • swimbikerun

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    Nov 04, 2011 10:21 PM GMT
    Yes but only when I am naked.
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    Nov 04, 2011 11:32 PM GMT
    Counter guys just left a few hours ago after replacing some pieces they screwed up.

    Did one house prior to these. Working on two houses now. I do what I can and hire what I can't. Often I'll act as the grunt worker for who I hire on stuff I'm not sure of. I do all the design, demo, paint, caulk, some electric & plumbing, some structural, some installs. When required I permit on my own mostly but with complicated stuff (central a/c, etc) I hire out to a contractor.

    Here's two I'm working on. The first is the bath rehab on my rental cottage, Also redoing most of that structure. Pic one showing unit as I bought it with all the previous tenants crap. Pic two what I did to it.

    Then pics of the house I'm living in. I did the kitchen very much like I did my last house only this is the improved 2.0 version.

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