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To the men here, how handy are you in terms of home improvement? What was the last home improvement project you did?

Personally for me no one has ever taught me anything related to construction or home projects. 2020, during my last year of school I was stuck at home and decided to finally learn some things. I started from learning how to open a paint can to redoing a 1/3 of my parents basement and turning it into a gym (angle grinding, epoxy flooring, painting, tv mounting, acid cleaning).

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  1. It’s not so much that I’m “handy”, but when contractors are asking $10,000 to tile the floor, and I know I can figure it out by watching a YouTube video, that’s a pretty strong incentive to do it myself.

    Worst case, I try and fail, then hire someone to do it, but even if I fail I’ve learned something.

  2. I can do/learn almost anything, but I don’t want to do anything.

    I can easily fix minor stuff and I also replaced the entire electrical wiring and installation (I’m a certified electrical engineer and therefore allowed to do that). Replacing floors, repainting, building and fixing furniture (not from scratch) isn’t a problem either.

    But when it comes to stuff that can easily cause a lot of damage if not done properly (such as plumbing, piping in general and such) I go for a professional instead of doing it myself.

    Lets say I can fix anything that is doable without any special skills or a lot of special material or machinery/tools.

  3. I can do a bit of everything. Last one was really basic, though: the original switches in the house are starting to go so I’m swapping those out in batches.

    Last big thing was laying tile.

  4. I’ve worked in construction but ever since I was a kid I made wooden swords and shields and had to fix my own stuff.
    My parents rebuilt the house during my youth so I always helped and learned along the way. If there is something I never did, I just look it up (I have lots of books about construction).
    Because of the experience I have its really easy to adapt my skills to something I’ve never done before.

  5. I’m pretty handy, last personal project was a wall speaker mount system for my 5.1 surround sound system, and a monitor desk extension platform. Prior to that i removed all our old decking and installed the new decking.

    I really wanna epoxy the gravel path to my front door but im waiting for better weather.

    I learnt DiY from my mother.

  6. I have zero home handiness skills.

    Which honestly, as a renter in Australia where you cannot make changes to a property at all, is not an issue at all.

  7. I brought a house and threw myself into it and learned as I went. Great learning all those skills I was not taught as a kid. Cost was higher as you learn the hard way, on the flip side ill only call a contractor in when its really needed now.

  8. if you want to learn home improvement skills, get the tools and more importantly, get a test area.

    you need to practice to get it right.

    I fitted a door with no prior practice and to say it was shit would be an insult to shit.

    I went in the garage, put a frame together, then practiced sanding down and getting the door to fit the frame.

    9 doors later I hired a pro.

    Know what you are good at.

  9. It’s okay I would say. I could do everything if I have access to information about how to do it (and the needed tools and material too, of course). Last project was building a room-in-a-room system for soundproofing.

  10. Pouring a shower pan and tiling it was my latest accomplishment. Going to tile the rest of the bathroom, grout, and install the recessed lighting this week. Plumbing and electrical are my weaknesses, but I can do basic things with each. (Install new sink, water heater, replace fixtures/switches)

  11. I built the house I live in – so I’m pretty good at home improvement tasks. The last thing I did was build a sauna.
    You get better with experience like most things. Everyone sucks at first. Some people just started earlier and have practiced more.

  12. I am absolutely terrible at it. I can do some things under instruction, but handiwork is generally my girlfriend’s thing. I am able to do the wires for lamps or setup a complete Hue installation though, that’s what I did last.

  13. I’m not a house owner myself, so any actual home improvement projects will have to wait a year or two.

    As for skills, my dad was very handy, and did most things (except electrical and plumbing) himself, and quite a lot rubbed off on me. Also, I have a job where being handy is a great plus, so I’ve been able to keep alive the skills I learned from my dad.

    I’m confident that I’d be able to build/replace a wall of my house. Flooring too. I could build the load-bearing structure of a house. I can weld, and I’ve welded a lot of rebar, so I’d also be able to build a concrete foundation. What I do not know squat about, though, is roofing.

    I’m not an electrician, but I know the basics, so if there’s an issue I generally do some troubleshooting before calling the pros, so that they rarely have to spend much time on it. When wiring up a room, I normally pull the cables and that stuff, and let an actual electrician connect the ends.

    I know fuckall about plumbing, except that shit is suppose to run downhill. I let the professionals deal with that to make sure I’m not responsible for a catastrophe.

    The project that I’ve completed that most closely resembles home improvement was setting up my home office. Work bench, work table, DIY 19″ wooden server rack, installing cabling to get power and network down there. The landlord also paid for me to replace a window that I am sure leaked more heat than a jet engine.

    EDIT: Oh, and I do most car maintenance myself. The basics, such as brakes, belts, troubleshooting, etc. Once the weather improves I have a few door openers that need to be replaced. It’s an old 90’s Volvo, so it’s an easy vehicle to work with.

  14. I feel like I’m very handy. When you look at cost aspect you really need to be. I mean when materials cost about $1500 hiring someone costs 10 why the hell wouldn’t you do-it-yourself.

    I live in a house Built-in 1915. The property was pretty neglected when I moved on. It’s 3 acres on the West side of the city I live in.

    It has this very neglected trees and very bad locations near the house. One tree is between the house and garage and its dying and I have been cutting branches off of it little-by-little. I’m talking big branches. I went out and spent $300 on some tree climbing gear and a good latter.

    I’ve gotten extremely good at 3 work in cutting down huge branches What out any damage to my house or garage.

    There was this huge dead tree behind my garage that I cut down in the full and then burnt up during the Winter and this past week I graded the yard where it was at because with that tree the yard had all these bare spots from shade and from the fire had gotten hard so I graded it and then I put down some Bermuda seed this weekend.

    As far as my house itself. I’m or saving up money to do other things that it needs inside. But I am very good at framing fixing joists and all that stuff just because I always had to rely on doing things myself.

    I look at everything is one big thing though. I mean I look at it as maintaining the overall property not just the house. So I make it a point to be good at things like working on smalle engines and maintenance to my old tractor and lawn mower engines and chainsaw engines and just all that stuff.

    But at the same time I feel like I’m very handy when it comes to carpentry and stuff like that is well. It all comes down to how you think about it. People tend to have a block on their brain that prevents them from getting to the next plateau. It’s like David Gilmore is so good at playing guitar because he can just feel it and he concei beyond that block and he looks it a certain way

  15. Probably doesn’t count, but during the pandemic, I’ve been collecting old electronics and dismantling them. I got TV’s, computers, heaters, anything related to electronics that are malfunctioning. When I do the dismantle, I take out the copper and separate it from PCB. My next goal is to learn how to use that PCB and maybe “create” something that works from these old electronic stuff.

  16. How handy am I: Not even remotely.

    Last project: Had to brace up a shelf. Glued a new bracket to the wall then put a pile of books under the shelf anyway. Meh. It works.

  17. I can handle do most of everything except electrical, that scares me the most. I still live with family so it’s nice to be able to swap with my dad when we removate/remodel stuff.

  18. I have pretty basic handy skills that I picked up while I was in the navy. I am an air traffic controller so I never really work with my hands. I can do basic repairs. Projects that have the potential to go very wrong, I leave to the processionals.

  19. Worked for a contractor building houses during high school, so fairly handy. The last home improvement project was remodeling a bathroom. replaced the flooring, toilet, vanity, sink, faucet, vent, lights, added a GFI outlet and swapped the tub for a shower.

  20. Handy enough to get myself in trouble. Last thing I build were three custom-sized,sanded/stained wooden baby gates for the three stairwells.

    I’m much more comfortable around cars/motorcycles, but some of the stuff bleeds over.

  21. I’m not so good that I’m in love with skills. I can paint. I understand plaster and structure and wood and nails and such. I’m a designer by trade but I lack the finesse of a skilled tradesman.
    I’ll hire someone to do my electrical if it involves the fuse box but I can handle disposal installs. It’ll take two days but I can do it right.

    I love YouTube and it’s helped me with my car more than my house but I think it’s raised the level for everyone. That and big box stores.

  22. Anything cosmetic I can handle. I recently refinished my stairs after pulling up the carpet on them. Before that I had to repaint the bathroom ceiling after getting our dryer vent replaced. Electrical stuff or any plumbing more involved than lifting the toilet tank I don’t mess with.

  23. I’m handy enough to do small things and I get around, all right, enough to the point where I warrant buying and using a few specialty tools from Lowes and The Home Depot. Still, I’ll admit that I’m learning something new every day, whether by observing someone else do it in front of me or hopping on YouTube for a few hours/minutes. Currently I’m figuring how to build a temporary rig so that I can use a block & tackle to lower heavy stuff straight down into the basement.

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