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Old 02-25-2010, 07:54 PM
Rag Bagger Rag Bagger is offline
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Default Diy

Is there a thread for Do It Yourselfers? It seems everyone want's to find somebody to do what ever they need. I personally really enjoy doing things with my own hands and often my own designs. I can usually do it better, maybe slower but better.

For instance I did my own kitchen back splash using stone tiles. I had some very good advice from Eddy at Floor Masters for materials and certain technics. He even loaned me a wet saw N/C. I did my own attic stair design because the factory made stairs are so flimsy and I think dangerous.

I would like to see a thread for DIY. Anybody else?

Old 02-25-2010, 10:37 PM
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Very good idea! I share your interest in DIY problem solving. Some threads in the past, (one about glass front door inserts comes to mind), contain suggestions and even step-by-step instructions for how to do a project well for lots less than contractors charge. But there doesn't seem to be very much positive feedback from folks who acted on the suggestions.

A specific "DIY" thread might generate more interest and convince more people of what they can accomplish themselves.

Do you have a project you can describe?
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Old 02-26-2010, 06:32 AM
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I'd like a thread like that!
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Old 02-26-2010, 07:04 AM
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Default VERY GOOD IDEA...I think!

I am certainly not on your level of do it yourselfness, but we did a lot of things in our new house ourselves that others hired done. We painted and installed cabinets in the laundry room and I made draperies and my husband installed blinds and drapery rods.

WE really like to do things ourselves if we can, just for the pure feeling of accomplishment, I guess. (PLUS, it really saves money!)

I think it could somehow be in the same group of listings as decorating a home. Kind of a HGTV for TV. (Home and Garden for The Villagers!)

EVEN if you don't do it completely by yourself, it still is interesting to me, and I bet to a lot of us, to see the things that people have done by themselves or even hired done to make their homes better, more interesting, comfortable and beautiful.

JUST edited and added....Does anyone know how to get the windows here CLEAN without streaks? I have tried Windex and dishwashing liquid and water, both work for me up North...and still when the sun comes in they look all streaked.

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Old 02-26-2010, 09:12 AM
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I would be happy to describe my projects in some detail. I am glade to see the earlier post with positive comments. I will do that if we can start a DIY thread. Trying to add DIY projects to other threads would not work very well as they would get lost in the mix.

There are many projects that can be handled by a handy person that are kind of specific to TV. I think in no time we would have a library of very common project peculiar to TV.

You are right GG some projects can be a mix of your own handy work and the pros.

I want to do the glass door insert so I would like DIY info on that project if it were available.

Some will say that it is very economical to pay someone here to do the work. That is true we have a very competitive group of laborers and contractors but it is very rewarding to Do It Youself. Many times it can be financially rewarding as well. The really kewl thing is you can do your own designs.
Old 02-26-2010, 10:58 AM
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Count me in. I enjoy DIY projects and would like to contribute along with seeing what others have done.
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Old 02-26-2010, 12:47 PM
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Home projects definately provide a nice feeling of accomplishment when the work is completed. Although we are still wannabes, I envision myself in a 2 or 3 bedroom CYV. However, we do not like the laundry facilities in the garage. If the second bedroom is adjacent to a bathroom (or the garage) where there is plumbing in that common wall, then I have plans and designs to install a 'laundry closet' to house the laundry appliances. It is these custom projects in which you can do your own designs and will be financially rewarding also.
Old 02-26-2010, 01:32 PM
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I agree. We need more than a thread, however. As stated above, a single thread will be impossible to navigate to find a particular topic. We need yet another forum to allow each topic to have its own thread. If there is resistance to a new forum, perhaps the existing "Contractors and Services" forum could be renamed to something like "Contractors, Services and DIY Projects" - although I would prefer the seperate forum for DIY.
Old 02-26-2010, 01:49 PM
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I owned a commercial window cleaning company here in VA for 20 years..Here is the "secret" to streak free window washing. Use 1 part ammonia to two parts water, scrub window down ( if it has hard water stains, use a soft 000 steel wool pad that you can get at any depot or paint store, making sure no soap is in it, just plain ,, it will not scratch I promise!) and then squeege! The squeege is the key. I know folks like newspaper, chamois, etc but a rubber squeege you can get at any lowes, etc works the very best and is the key to streak free. Whatever you do, no windex! If you look at the ingredients, it has a form of carnuba wax in it to give you the original "shine"that also turns into streaks! Good luck!
Old 02-26-2010, 03:55 PM
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[ As stated above, a single thread will be impossible to navigate to find a particular topic. We need yet another forum to allow each topic to have its own thread.

Yep that is what I mean a seperate Forum. I am technically challenged when it comes to computer jargon. I can't spell either so you all will have to bear with me. Another problem, I can't down load the spell checker.
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