Are you a DIY enthusiast? Do you tend to do, fix, repair everything yourself?

United Kingdom
September 16, 2009 3:58pm CST
I'm curious about this! My situation is, I rent privately but the landlady, she's like family to me now, we get on so well. If anything needs to be done around the flat I will try and do it otherwise I will call her in and she gets the appropriate people around. My shower for example, it's one of those power showers, well the metal tubing broke so I purchased anoter one, very easy and it didn't cost much! I replaced the part and everything is fine. Do you love to decorate or repair anything that goes wrong around the home? There are lots of books on DIY now and I'm thinking that a lot of people want to go down the road of trying to do things for themselves, there's great achievement in this as well. What do you think? Are you very handy around the home? Andrew
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
17 Sep 09
Hi Andrew, although it is true that many a thing needs fixing round here I am missing the necessary DIY gene to even contemplate doing anything about it, but men do have this gene and can be sucessfully exploited to show off their many talents in this field, thus fixing things that need fixing. Often times these are horrid tasks which I would't go near but men do not shake at the prospect. The simple mention of a problem with a door getting jammed and someone will turn up and unjam it. Must say it's not working too well on the roof though as the general concensus was to wet to check, then it needed to dry out thorougly first, then no one had a big enough ladder to get up there, but it's definitely promised for soon, and I'd have waited just as long if I'd employed a handy man.
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• United Kingdom
18 Sep 09
Well, I don't know whether I have that special gene or not but I do know that I like to practise with things and I get great enjoyment out of it. I'm sure that your situation will resolve itself in time. Here's to DIY and plenty more of it! Andrew
• Philippines
16 Nov 09
i know im a handy JOAT, ive made myself seven tactical pouches. fixed a florescent lamp and many other things. my most major accomplishment so far was to get a broken DVD player to work again. (less skill more dumb luck) but it works!
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• United Kingdom
16 Nov 09
That's great! It sounds like you are a handy person to have around! I'm getting into the habit of trying to things myself now as this definitely saves a lot of money. I guess you get a sense of achievement too when you do something yourself and you fix or repair that thing! Andrew
17 Sep 09
You sound like a great tenant to have! I rent from a housing association so I can just give them a ring and they will do it for free. I am female and of course some woman are just as capable as men at doing DIY, but I am not one of them. I managed to successfully attach a coat rack to the wall and felt very proud of myself and it has been OK for 8 years now. I did have a panic when I drilled the holes too big but my dad suggested putting matchsticks in them - I thought, aha, I have learnt a new trick! When I first left home I couldn't even change my own plug so I am slightly better now.
• United Kingdom
18 Sep 09
That's great that you did that job and there's definitely a sense of achievement in doing that. I guess that may encourage you to try your hand at other things if needed. I guess that there will always be a time when some kind of work needs to be carried out and I relish the idea of attempting something. My main area is computers though and delving into them, that's my kind of DIY! Andrew
@nenuphar (117)
• France
17 Sep 09
I'm terribly hopeless in manual work, especially fixing bathrooms and washrooms. Luckily, my husband was a very handy man. He's not up to it now, but he used to fix everything "broken" thing in the house. He would fix them in such a way that they became brand new. A lot of time and money are spent fixing them, sometimes I wonder if it's not faster and cheaper to get the professionals in for the repairs. Mind you, I'm not complaining, it's nice to have someone willing to fix things right away. I'm sure your landlady appreciates what you do for her. I would love to have someone like you in one of our leased flat. Cheers!
• United Kingdom
18 Sep 09
You are very lucky that you have someone around to get on with some of the DIY tasks that need to be done. I guess if you start something then there's always going to be some kind of learning experience. As I'm into computers also I like the idea of experimenting and looking into how things work and I think that this definitely relates to the subject of DIY! Andrew
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
17 Sep 09
I myself am not all that handy, but I am learning. We bought our house about a year and a half ago and in that time we have done a lot of work to it (ourselves). The first project that we overtook in the house before we even moved in was to remodel and update the bathroom. I found out that I was really good at the demo aspect of it. There was just something so pleasing about swinging the sledgehammer around in there. Then my husband and brother-in-law did the rebuilding of it. Our bathroom looks like a dream. We've also painted the entire house, I actually helped with that one a lot. Our next project that we are overtaking is to put new insulation in the attics. There are two side attics and one upper attic. We've already bought the insulation, now we just have to put it in. Some other projects that we have planned for the next year include: remodeling the kitchen, new flooring in the office and hallway, new gutters. . . I don't think we would be such big DIY'ers if it wasn't for the absorbanant amount of money that we are saving by doing it ourselves.
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• United Kingdom
18 Sep 09
Hi dorannmwin, that certainly makes a lot of sense, there's a huge amount of money to save if you can do most things yourself. I'm never going to face those problems as long as I remain renting privately. The landlady and all her contacts will get involved with any serious work that needs to take place. There are lots of good books on the subject of DIY anyhow and it cannot do any hard to go through a few from time to time and pick up some good ideas! Andrew
@calai618 (1781)
• Philippines
17 Sep 09
Yes I must admit I am a huge DIY lady!!! A lot of my friends get shocked of the fact that I can even configure how to get through electrical stuff. I know a lot of things around the computer too so I don't need to call for professional assistance. I remember early this year when I decided to renovate our house, my mom and I were the ones who finished painting the whole house!!! I really enjoy fixing stuff a lot because I get to learn more. The price of having stuff fixed or done by others is so overwhelming too so I would rather do them my self.
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• United Kingdom
17 Sep 09
That sounds great. You sound like a very handy person to have around! Me and electrics though is a real no no! I'm partially colour blind so I find it difficult to work with wires and so forth. After a hard day's work of doing some DIY you like to relax with a good cup of tea and monitor and assess your work and you really start to feel good inside! Andrew
@austere (2816)
• Philippines
17 Sep 09
i try to!:) i try to fix things myself and i like it better that way because i dont feel frustrated if it's done incorrectly by somebody else. but whenver i dont get to do it right, i look for someone who does it better. being a do it yourself enthusiast helps me learn about a lot things and at the same time, helps me save money because instead of paying other people to do it, i do it on my own. And honestly, it feels good to have accomplished someting by the end of the day. Like seeing your torn pants being mended and to see the shoes are polished, they might be a little tiring but the reward of seeing them done and the fulfillment of having done it yourself is something you irreplaceable.
• United Kingdom
17 Sep 09
I think that's a great thing! I try to do simple jobs I guess but anything major I tend to pass over to the landlady and her contacts. I'm just pleased when everything is working perfectly and there's none of the stress in trying to sort out a problem. Andrew
@malamar (784)
• Canada
16 Sep 09
I think I am pretty handy around the house and learn something new with every new venture I try. I have always had a propensity for decorating, so painting, papering, installing new trim, and things like that seem second nature to me. With the DIY books and the free weekly "how to's" provided by Home Hardware, I have installed dry wall, hardwood flooring, basic plumbing repairs, and so forth. I would love to know how much money I have saved over the years - lol. It is time consuming and sometimes quite difficult, but you are right when you say it is a great achievement. There is something about a job well done that is truly satisfying.
• United Kingdom
17 Sep 09
That's great! It sounds like you enjoy a challenge when it comes to DIY! I haven't really put myself out in this area but I love to read so I guess if I pick up a couple of good DIY books then I may be able to do something around the home! Andrew