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Oct 14, 2013 4:05PM
India has developed skilled artisan on a mass scale. Please Import them as they can do this job for you in cents not dollars. Look at the gulf countries how Indians keeping it Clean like Marble of TajMahal!
Oct 14, 2013 1:05PM
By law if it should be a licensed contractor and be inspected. I watched a homeowner have all utilities pulled and fined because they did the work themselves. cost over 30000 for a do it yourself project. plus all the reconnect fees and inspection fees. Think twice plus you get a warranty with most contractors. and a lot of manufactures are not honoring warranties if it wasn't installed by a licensed contractor
Oct 14, 2013 12:23PM
I do everything myself and save mega $$$ if you don't you are a fool. (or retarded).
Oct 14, 2013 9:17AM
I prefer to let someone do it who knows what he's doing.
Oct 14, 2013 7:16AM
If you don't know what your doing, don't do it yourself or suffer the pains of the learning curve. Learn to do it yourself or learn to pay a lot of money for someone else to do it.
Oct 14, 2013 3:27AM
it sound like the one that wrote is can't do much of anything him or her self so they have a lot of don't. The only one one the list I would need a pro's help on is the tankless water heater the other very simple do'S
Oct 9, 2013 3:58PM
I don't have a choice do it my self or it want git done
Oct 9, 2013 8:35AM
"A landscape service would charge an average of $378 to install three solar area spotlights, but you can do the job for $300 and save 21%."

Who writes this stuff?  And what ridiculous home improvement boutique are they sourcing their materials at?
Oct 9, 2013 6:23AM

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!


Apr 8, 2013 8:03AM
I bought a cute Cape Cod two years ago that was pretty much a 70s museum.  Dark paneling everywhere, but it had good bones.  I hired a home inspector who was an engineer prior to the closing and he pronounced it in good shape except for a chimney leak.  I've done a lot of painting since I bought it which lightens and brightens it.  I have gotten rid of the 70s wagon wheel chandelier and a nasty kitchen counter with swivel stools.  The bath tub was just re-glazed last week using a kit from HD and the entire bath is being tiled by a friend in the business who gets plenty of free tiles.  I would say this house isn't perfect and will need a new roof soon, but I knew that going in.  However, I will say it's been worth the effort and I enjoy the tax breaks.  Every single person who walks in here tells me what a beautiful home I have.  It's come a long way in two years and most of it was DIY stuff.
Jan 26, 2013 2:24AM

People can do a lot of things themselves. Quality depends on skill  and  tools available.

Dec 16, 2012 3:36PM
It is absurd to tell a mass audience what they are each capable of doing for themselves.  There are klutzes who can't open a can of paint without tipping it over.  Others have the knowledge, confidence, tools, coordination, common sense, and skill (gained from practice) to do all of those tasks and more.  I live by Red Green's pronouncement, "If the women don't find you handsome they should at least find you handy."
Nov 27, 2012 8:54PM
@Plumb sensible.
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!

Nov 27, 2012 12:25PM
Don't forget that some people may need to use gloves and a mask. 
Nov 27, 2012 12:22PM

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.

Nov 27, 2012 11:30AM
The bit about the water heater is absolute garbage. When you realize how easy it is these days to swap out a standard water heater you'll be furious at how much you've paid for professionals to do it for you in the past. Connecting the power is a doddle if you even vaguely know what you're doing, and Sharkbite hoses and connections make it infinitely easier these days to connect a new unit up to the existing pipes. I changed one over at a rental property of ours only a few months ago and it took me less than half an hour.

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.

Nov 27, 2012 11:19AM

I laughed when I saw solar lights, I wonder who would hire to have these installed lol

Nov 27, 2012 11:18AM
First of all your prices are all wrong. And well I like to see how a drop ceiling gets install by some one w/no experience. No offence but who ever wrote this article don't know jack.
Nov 27, 2012 11:16AM
So the simple truth is if you think you can do it ...Do It. As a professional contractor in Oregon I receive lots of call after the home owner bite off more than they can do,  Wasting both money and time. the quotes for some of the professionals are far off the mark  $750 for a 300 ft room? Where! Because i should move there. Paint jobs, by responsible contractors is based of the sq footage of room and if you are paying more than 1.00 a sq foot including supplies your getting robbed.
Nov 27, 2012 11:09AM
If you want to remove wallpaper, rent a heavy duty wallpaper steamer. No chemicals, and a free steam bath included. But it's 10X faster.
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