If you (or your mate) couldn't bear (or
will become unbearable) at the messy reality of living in a dismantled kitchen
for weeks (months?) on-end because you can only work on it during the weekend,
Doing-It-Yourself (DIY, for short) may not be for you. Under the best of circumstances
remodeling can wreak domestic havoc. Few of us have saints for family members.
NOT doing-it-yourself could be an act of true kindness to yourself and your family.
Desk-jockeys who daydream about being Power-Tool-Pilots
beware! Do-it-yourself jobs can be extremely dangerous. Can you picture yourself
lying in cardiac arrest on the basement floor under the electrical panel, while
your mate tries to recall how to administer CPR? Electrical work should be left
to the pros. Roof repairs, too, depending on the pitch of your roof. A little
sanity will go a long way when deciding what you CAN or simply shouldn't try to
Some of you
may be more talented than you realized. If you are dedicated, patient and do not
have a tendency to drop things or run into walls, you may be able to do many home
improvement projects yourself. If you enter into the learning experience with
the conservative assumption that most home improvement projects require hard work
- and, worse, often take longer than anyone originally anticipated, you'll be
thinking clearly. We recommend that you start slowly, on small projects.
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