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Do the work or pay someone?

 
 
lmur
 
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Mon 3 May, 2021 06:44 am
@McGentrix,
Sounds like someone might need a hip replacement.

Oh wait...
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JonP6
 
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Tue 4 May, 2021 02:40 am
@roger,
Exactly! You don't always have the tools/materials to work on DIY projects. Also, it's very easy to overspend on spare parts or materials when you have no idea how much they really cost.
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Ragman
 
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Mon 2 Aug, 2021 11:27 am
@roger,
In some cases, paying a bit more to DIY is worth the lesson. You gain the knowledge about whether or not to try to attempt it again. I recall changing a kitchen sink faucet mechanism back 35 years ago when I bought my first home. My new wife was a bit shocked to hear swearing like that without seeing a Navy ship nearby.

Seriously, I never knew was inside a gear shift faucet with those little ball socket spring thingies. I thought I would learn how to reassemble it by what it looked like coming apart. This was in late-‘80s, well before Internet “how-to” videos were so prevalent.I never touched another faucet repair again unless it was for a drip 💧 repair.
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edgarblythe
 
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Mon 2 Aug, 2021 12:55 pm
I buy lower cost faucets and then when they give a problem toss them. Much less frustrating and not that expensive.
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edgarblythe
 
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Mon 2 Aug, 2021 12:57 pm
Also, I used to contract work from a real estate man. He wanted me to build him a cedar fence. He did not want a company to do it. So we got the cost of material and my labor and then compared to a company estimate on the same fence. The company wanted less for the complete project than we would have spent for the material.
Ragman
 
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Mon 2 Aug, 2021 01:07 pm
@edgarblythe,
Very interesting
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Ron Swanson
 
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Tue 23 Aug, 2022 07:58 am
@McGentrix,
For example, if something needs to be repaired. Then it's better to pay someone who knows better.
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zerojack
 
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Sat 1 Oct, 2022 05:30 pm
@McGentrix,
Generally hire specialist trades for anything inside. Whatever the job, they can always provide a better finish and in half the time. Plus, it's good to give local people work when you can.

Some things I do myself, usually basic repairs on anything without a plug or tap attached.

I find anything with timber I do myself but that's because I have been a hobbyist woodworker for a time. I always do the garden myself, but anything like driveways or paving, I tend to hire.
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