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April 29th, 2010


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07:13 am - Poll time ...
Poll #1557601 Person about the house

How comfortable are you with doing repairs/DIY work around the house ?

Not comfortable at all; would pay someone else to do it
8(17.8%)
Somewhat comfortable
0(0.0%)
Depends on the task (would do some, pay experts for others)
21(46.7%)
Brute force and ignorance will usually get you through
0(0.0%)
Mostly comfortable, with help from a DIY manual
1(2.2%)
Everything I know about home maintenance I learned from the Internet
1(2.2%)
I am a DIY god !
2(4.4%)

Where have you picked up your DIY knowledge ?

Parents / family
8(18.6%)
DIY manuals / books
1(2.3%)
Internet
0(0.0%)
Friends
0(0.0%)
Watching/helping experts
1(2.3%)
Somewhere else
0(0.0%)
Ticky boxes !
2(4.7%)

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Comments:


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From:seawasp
Date:April 28th, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
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You left out "Figured it out myself when I had to".
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From:verdigriis
Date:April 29th, 2010 10:38 am (UTC)
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I second this!
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From:meaningrequired
Date:April 28th, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
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Where have you picked up DIY knowledge?

From trials and mistakes :)
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From:tassie_gal
Date:April 28th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
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I'll do most things except plumbing and electricity.
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From:the_magician
Date:April 28th, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
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You also left out
At School
At Evening Class
At other training classes
From TV shows (unless that's under "watching experts") as there are shows that range from "DIY SOS" through the excellent shows on some of the cable channels dedicated to DIY and Gardening.
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From:chocolatetrudi
Date:April 29th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
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magazines (does that come under 'books')
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From:verdigriis
Date:April 29th, 2010 10:37 am (UTC)
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DIY SOS for the win - that presenter is strangely soothing.
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From:freyaw
Date:April 29th, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)
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I could do most things except plumbing and electricity, but there are quite a few things where I really can't see the point of not getting someone in. Like rendering - thanks to a friend of a friend, that job took maybe an hour to do professionally (for the cost of all the beer people have left behind at our place at parties), when it would have taken me several days and been bodgy. And fixing the woodwork where the gutter overflow had caused rot, that required a carpenter (while we were at it, we got the windows there replaced and most of the woodwork in the area; it was going to need doing at some point anyway, so turn a small fiddly job into a large easy job and get a professional friend of a family member...)
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From:freyaw
Date:April 29th, 2010 12:58 am (UTC)
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Oh, and by 'plumbing' I mean major plumbing - replacing the toilet cistern is easier than changing washers in the taps, and I've done both.
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From:hespa
Date:April 29th, 2010 08:34 am (UTC)
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Not comfortable at all; would pay someone else to do it

...which irritates me somewhat, mind you - I would like to be able to do these things myself, I've just never had any practice (sheltered childhood, obviously), so I don't feel confident trying. Too worried about breaking something important...
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From:verdigriis
Date:April 29th, 2010 10:41 am (UTC)
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DIY is like a religion in my family... My father was a brick layer on his own house, and built it with s builder friend. So I've had to learn that sometimes it's worth the saved time and grief to just pay someone else to do things.

But hey, I'm generally poor, so I'll give most things a go. Except electricity.
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From:angharad_gam
Date:April 30th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
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Andy does plumbing stuff, and I'm not averse to doing minor electrical things. Neither of us are much in the way of working with wood.

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