I’m Bob Jackson – a technology product development professional by day and Do-It-Yourself Handyman / homeowner on the weekend.
Over the past 20 years I’ve owned and extensively remodeled five homes, including:
- interior and exterior painting
- building room additions
- remodeling baths
- residing – removing Masonite and installing Hardiplank
- electrical wiring – light switches, receptacles, ceiling fans
- converting a gas clothes dryer to electric
- whole-house standby generator
- paver brick walkways and patios
- laying tile and plank wood floors
- replacing kitchen appliances
- fixing and replacing water heaters
- replacing central air conditioning systems
- installing storm water drainage swales
- cement work
- landscaping and yard cleanup
- framing interior walls
- hanging sheet rock and drywall finishing
- installed alarm and video surveillance systems
- obtaining building permits and inspections
- and much more
Some jobs you can do yourself. Some jobs require licensed professionals, heavy equipment or are just too big or difficult for a single person. The wise handyman will call in the professionals when necessary, though you can save money and get superior results by being educated, doing some of the prep work yourself and acting as project manager. The best way to learn is to see how other projects are done. I hope you will benefit from the knowledge and experiences I’ve written about here at www.handymanhowto.com. You may decide to hire a handyman or licensed professional. If so, you’ll have a better idea of what needs to be done through the information provided here.
What you’re willing to do yourself depends on what you enjoy, available time, dedication and budget. I like doing home improvement and repairs, teaching myself new skills, being in control and don’t mind getting dirty. I look at a project as an excuse to buy more tools (whoo-hoo!).
Before I begin a new home improvement or repair project, I do the following:
- Read books on the subject
- Look for ideas and photos in magazines and features in other homes
- Talk to people in the trade – craftsmen and suppliers
- Visit a job site and carefully note the construction methods and techniques being used
- Think about what will be different about my own project, and dependencies – what happens first, second, third, and so on
- Visualize the desired results
- Plan – usually in my head with some written sketches and material estimates
It’s not as difficult as you might think. The smaller the job, the less planning required. On the big jobs, study and planning will result in big savings $$$ and add value to your home.
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