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Home projects

Discussion in 'Consumer Affairs' started by The Sum of Awe, Sep 13, 2022.

  1. The Sum of Awe

    The Sum of Awe Brought to you by the moment that spacetime began.

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    This is all actually happening. What the heck???
    Does anyone else suck at home projects? It took me four hours just to replace the blinds in my house, took me two hours to replace one outlet (and after it was all said and done I tried the outlet and it doesn't work - I don't know how I could've hooked it up wrong I followed the youtube instructions step by step, my dad's going to call me to help me figure it out)

    Yeah this is all just annoying and frustrating. I hate house projects
     
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  2. The Hammer

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    For electrical outlets, don't follow a video. Just copy what was behind the outlet before.

    If it's not working, you may have just crossed the polarities.
     
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  3. beenherebeforeagain

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    I long ago realized that the few dollars and sense of accomplishment I have for doing the job myself is far outweighed by the stress of having undertaken the project and the cost of having a qualified person correct my work...

    It's easier and cheaper just to hire it out in the first place...
     
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  4. JustGeorge

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    My husband is great at home projects, and does a decent job. He just sucks at finishing them...

    So did the contractor we last hired... :rolleyes:
     
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  5. Twilight Hue

    Twilight Hue Twilight, not bright nor dark, good nor bad.

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    Don't fret it. More you do, the better u get.
     
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  6. Shadow Wolf

    Shadow Wolf Student People Stabber

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    I can do many things around the house. But I'm not very good at plumbing (I've done maybe two or three plumbing things).
    I'm better with cars though.
     
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  7. Vinayaka

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    I consider myself lucky if I don't make something worse. Unless it is something incredibly simple like changing a light bulb, I no longer attempt it. Fortunately, our youngest daughter is an electrician, and pretty decent handywoman. She just started her own company. So I always get her over with the family discount applied.
     
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  8. The Hammer

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    Plumbing is my weak spot too. And anything that requires actual building, ie framing/drywall.

    I've been getting better at the plumbing though. I installed a toilet and sink this year, as well as changed out the tub drain, faucet, handle, and shower head.
     
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  9. Shadow Wolf

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    Framing, drywall, general carpentry and set construction I'm good with.
    When I was in high school I was involved in theatre (acting and tech) and one year we did a play that required an upper stairs area. I was the only one with any real sort of construction experience (I did a lot with my brother and he taught me a lot) so I was put in charge of building that set. No one trusted it, however, despite me even taking naps under it waiting for my parts, lol.
     
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  10. crossfire

    crossfire Antinomian feminist heretic freak ☿
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    Is that outlet hooked up to a light switch? ;)
     
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  11. Sedim Haba

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    True. The actual wire colors might be totally different than in the video.
    Go to the hardware store, they have simple neon voltage testers which
    is the minimum you need for this work. Also voltmeters which are more
    money but well worth it, save you money just in batteries. You'd be surprised
    just how often one cell can go bad and the other(s) are just fine. Without
    a way to test, you might toss out good ones.
     
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  12. ChristineM

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    Before we moved to france we did no DIY/home projects. We decided that here we would do as much as we can. Tilling floors, modernising the kitchen and decorating. Even small electrical and plumbing jobs,

    Our trick is yo find out as much as we can before we start. Books magazine articles the internet


    Caution if the outlet is wired wrongly, crossing live and earth can be deadly
     
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  13. PureX

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    Some people are good at this sort of thing, and some are good at other sorts of things. I can fix most anything in the house, easily. Been doing it since I was young. But I will not even bother to try and fix the car. I know my limitations. And I hate the damn thing except to drive it. Don't even want to open the hood.
     
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  14. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    We hire people. The rates in India are not too high for general work.
     
  15. The Sum of Awe

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    That's terrifying. Even if the breakers off?
     
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  16. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    Mains breaker or local outlet mounted switch

    If its isolated via the mains then no problems. If its a local switch then possibly depending on how it's wired
     
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  17. The Sum of Awe

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    That's relieving then. I mean it's not gonna explode or anything right? just don't touch the wires?
     
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    Once the power to the outlet is off, your safe. But I don't touch the bare wires with my hands, anyway. I use the proper tools to cut, strip, and bend the wires.

    If you wire an outlet wrong, and it arcs when you turn the power on going to it, it will simply trip the breaker back off, immediately. Could be why it's not working.
     
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  19. ChristineM

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    Just don't touch it or use it.

    Thinking about it if live were connected to earth it would have blown a fuse or burned out the wiring so I don't think that's a problem.
     
  20. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Abnormal before it was fashionable
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    I find that the trick is to do things I like doing.
    Hire out the rest.

    Perhaps this will help you....
     
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