beyondfantasy3 111M
2364 posts
7/7/2019 8:46 am
DIY (Do It Yourself) Projects


Are you interested in DIY's

Are you select about the type of DIY's you undertakes/

Do you avoid DIY's

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Personally, The older I get the less I want to do DIY"s - there seem to continually be the odd things turns it into more work than imagined.

I was going to change the faucet on the Kitchen Sink, but even when the values were turned off, when I attempted to disconnect the lines, water started squirting out. I did not plan to change the valves... ! 'whew"!.... I will just buy the faucet and when I get other things done need to be done, I'll have the handy man to include changing the faucet.

I'm still mechanically inclined within the thought process, but as to the patience to do it... I'm not as motivated to do so as when I was younger and would take on most any type of project.

It's the same with my vehicles, I'm not going to try and fix anything on it as a DIY... its just easier to get, or save the and have someone who specializes in works to do the work needed, whether its a car or some of the house projects have every potential to become a bigger project than imagined.

( guess I have to focus on more ways to increase income, to for this stuff.... )

I still want to build a woodworking shop, but to me is very different than trying to engage DIY projects to the house.

beyondfantasy3 111M
4737 posts
7/7/2019 8:49 am

Some people who have never broken the cycle of "DIY".. may find it far more easier to engage DIY projects.. but over the years if these things have fallen to the side... its a big challenge to pick up and start doing it again. at least for me, I'm just not motivated for the task and certainly not for the unforeseen irregular things that can come up in the middle of the project. .


woaini1947 59M
3973 posts
7/9/2019 10:41 am

Depending on the age of the home, one of the most problematic things to tackle as a DIY project is plumbing. The shut-off valves for the faucets, some handles are made of plastic and break off, corrosion is a problem, age of the parts, etc. I recently tried to fix a leaky bathroom faucet. There are two sinks in the bathroom. I shut off the main water line and took the faucet apart hoping to simply change the rubber washers as I have done in the past. These were old units and were not meant to be repaired. No one had the part and I was told that if I found it, the part would cost $149.00. The plumbing supply house told me I was the second person that week who tried to procure that same part. I shut off the line above, turned on the mainline and water was shooting out the fixture. By the time I had the water turned off (after running downstairs, water had already drained into the kitchen below. I cleaned it up and paid a plumber $220 to weld a copper pipe. He also tried to repair the problem and could not. I now use the other sink and the shut-off valve for the sink I tried to fix is turned off. All of this was caused by the home being constructed using the materials they had at the time which were cheap. I've had three leaks in copper pipes because the contractors in the area used the cheapest grade of pipe they could use.

Oh well. In the long run, if you consider the down payments on homes these days, the cost of the home and the high rate of property taxation, anyone who buys a home in LA County is a fool.


beyondfantasy3 111M
4737 posts
7/10/2019 5:17 pm

    Quoting woaini1947:
    Depending on the age of the home, one of the most problematic things to tackle as a DIY project is plumbing. The shut-off valves for the faucets, some handles are made of plastic and break off, corrosion is a problem, age of the parts, etc. I recently tried to fix a leaky bathroom faucet. There are two sinks in the bathroom. I shut off the main water line and took the faucet apart hoping to simply change the rubber washers as I have done in the past. These were old units and were not meant to be repaired. No one had the part and I was told that if I found it, the part would cost $149.00. The plumbing supply house told me I was the second person that week who tried to procure that same part. I shut off the line above, turned on the mainline and water was shooting out the fixture. By the time I had the water turned off (after running downstairs, water had already drained into the kitchen below. I cleaned it up and paid a plumber $220 to weld a copper pipe. He also tried to repair the problem and could not. I now use the other sink and the shut-off valve for the sink I tried to fix is turned off. All of this was caused by the home being constructed using the materials they had at the time which were cheap. I've had three leaks in copper pipes because the contractors in the area used the cheapest grade of pipe they could use.

    Oh well. In the long run, if you consider the down payments on homes these days, the cost of the home and the high rate of property taxation, anyone who buys a home in LA County is a fool.
True and honest Pre Sale Inspections, if they were done as such..... would result in high level price reductions in homes that have not been retrofit with current quality standard parts in the items that are aged, especially when so many homes that people like were built in the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's...

My First Home in LA was built in the 1929 under the Craftsman Style Home. It was not stucco... it was a wood frame, with plaster walls, not sheetrock as they are today. It was slats with plaster.
The rafters were made of something they call "Iron Wood" they were very difficult to hammer a nail into.
The house withstood every earthquake and I remember The 1994 Northridge earthquake.. the house endured the rolling quake with no damages, where as other people I knew had homes that shifted on the foundation or pier's and some of the mexican style stucco home with the flat root's had cracks. Back then I did not mind DIY projects...

My home now was built in the 1960's on the slab style foundation, as a ranch style home for the suburban environment. Its a sturdy house, I still have the cedar veneer doors, i was going to change them, but the new cheap stuff they use which looks good, and are often painted white, are not of the integrity that original doors, even thought they are veneer. If I did change them, I would not replace them will hollow core doors, but with solid wood doors (expensive). I don't see that happening. Though I would like to have all the windows changed out for the newer style storm windows.

As to the faucet... what ever I did, now it flows weakly, i will have a plumber come and change it out...they can handle what ever problem they encounter. I don't have the mindset to want to deal with the hassle.