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Who writes this stuff? And what ridiculous home improvement boutique are they sourcing their materials at?
I'm a contractor of 30 years. I like these articles because some parts are funny. Like the one on drywall. The guy in the picture is using the wrong type of screw gun. Or the (crooked) lampost . Both say don't DIY. But the pro did it wrong. I suggest doing it yourself if you think and feel comfortable with your skills. Or do the simple dirty work and let the pro do the skilled or complex stuff. Good luck!
People can do a lot of things themselves. Quality depends on skill and tools available.
Typical neanderthal response from a threatened and so-called professional trying to safeguard his turf.
Slumlord? Hardly. We own two rental properties, our former home and another we invested our IRA in, and both are in far better shape that would ever be required of rental properties. So the only one coming across as idiotic is you for your erroneous and floundering comments.
As for the work and the Sharkbites, need I point out that their suggested use came from an actual plumber of many years standing, and a man whose advice I have sought constantly with plumbing issues? He recently retired, so doesn't mind passing on his thoughts or suggestions to friends. I was all set to go the standard route of connecting the water heater the way they always have, and it was his advice to go with the Sharkbite fittings instead.
And as for 30 minutes, well of course a plumber would want to maintain the smoke and mirror aspects of their profession in order to keep charging the earth for installing water heaters. Once the old unit is drained and ready to be replaced, exactly how much time to you think you can squeeze a customer time-wise to cut a few pipes, disconnect the simple wiring, wheel out the old unit, and install the new unit (loosen a plate, screw in a few wires, and attach the shark bite fittings?) - oh of course, don't forget turning on the water and the power, that REALLY takes up a lot of time!
And surprise, it did pass inspection, because we don't take chances with either our two sets of tenants or our insurance. Shark bite fittings are perfectly in compliance with local code, which is a pain for people like you, right, because of course they make the connection process infinitely easier - and far more within the realm of home owners and DIYers, which stiffs you out of a steady income. So thanks for providing another opportunity to highlight what a rort many plumbers have going with the prices they charge for installing water heaters in this day and age.
It's not the first time either. We wanted to move the sink in our kitchen to the other side of the area when we were rehabbing the house, and I ended up doing it myself. Again with the advice of the retired plumber, I cut into the slab, located the main pipe, glued in the appropriate fittings, and cemented the area back up - took me about 4 - 5 hours to do the job, other than of course waiting for the cement to dry. Know why I decided to do it myself? Because we got quotes of up to $2,000 to do the job from plumbers - I know lawyers who don't make that kind of an hourly rate!
You can save even more money by buying not covering the entire lawn with sod. Buy a fourth of the sod that you would need, cut the sod into "plugs", and plant in your dirt. Try to space them evenly apart. It's more work and you'll have to wait for the rest of the lawn to grow in but you'll also save at least 75% of your landscaping budget. If you don't have to have a ready-to-use lawn immediately, it's well worth it.
I can't speak for the tankless variety, as I've never used one, but I can't imagine it's any harder.
I've renovated a number of houses from top to bottom, and most of it isn't rocket science, just accuracy, attention to detail, and asking a lot of questions online or at a store when you're not sure. What it really boils down to is how much time you have to devote to major projects and what your time is worth compared to the costs of getting pros to do it. Bear in mind though that standards have slipped so much in recent years, especially in my home state of Florida, that you're often times better off doing a job yourself because its such a crap shoot getting a contractor to do the job - even when they come recommended.
I laughed when I saw solar lights, I wonder who would hire to have these installed lol