On Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 8:30:04 AM UTC-4, dgk wrote:
That all depends on your level of "handy man" skills.
Some folks don't need a contractor to build an entire house, others call a
licensed electrician to change a light switch.
It's not only the choice of the product that makes the difference, it's the
skill set/desire of the person wanting the job done.
When I bought my first house 30+ years ago I hired a plumber to swap out a
concrete utility sink for a fiberglass one. Since then I've remodeled the
laundry room and 2 bathrooms by myself. All three were gut jobs, including
jack hammering the concrete slab to get to the drains. Tile, vinyl, drywall,
subfloor, plumbing, you name it. I'm not bragging in any sense, just
emphasizing my point that it's not a matter of tile vs laminate, it's skill
sets, desire and learning ability that really matter.
Oh yeah...and finances too. At the time, I couldn't have afforded to have a
contractor do the work, so I read and learned and asked questions in this
When I bought my first house I was 20 and had minimal experience. I had
an electrician at work come over and add a couple of new circuits. He
not only put them in, he showed my how to do it. Now I can wire an
I found it easier to learn how to fix thing instead of paying a
tradesman, though I have at times. Good to know your limits too.
In alt.home.repair, on Wed, 9 Sep 2015 15:47:39 -0400, Ed Pawlowski
When I was 6, my grandfather replaced a wall switch for us and I
When I was 9, my father had died and my mother called an electrician
because a fuse kept blowing. He unplugged everything, replaced the
fuse, and went around the house plugging things back in until the fuse
blew again. I thought, "I could have done that!" I suspect my
mother thought the same thing.
Later we would repair things together. I'd tell her what to do and
she'd do it because she was still stronger than I.
I could probably wire a whole house now, but my dreams of that have
faded the older I get.
It's often easier to do it oneself than just calling around and being
home when they come.
It was a great learning experience though. It put you on the path to
I remodeled two bathrooms in the past year or so and I found it much
easier to write a check that to do most of the work. Arthritis has a
way of doing that. Fortunately, the guys doing the work are reasonably
priced. Ex son-in-law and his friend that does tile work. I paid half
what I'd pay a regular contractor.
On Wed, 9 Sep 2015 11:57:46 -0700 (PDT), DerbyDad03
Yes, what I've learned over 25 years of home ownership is that I'm
actually pretty good a learning/fixing things. The problem is that I
usually make my mistakes the first time through. After that I'm good,
but I've made the mistakes on my house.
In alt.home.repair, on Thu, 10 Sep 2015 00:09:20 -0400, dgk
That's why I volunteer to do things for others. To learn on their
houses. Seriously, I've never tried something beyond my skills on
someone else's property, any little mistake I made I undid within a few
It's the third time I do something that I'm likely to screw up.
My opinion is bad work. I would call the agent that made the recommendation
and complain. Emphasize that they made a bad referral and should be taken
off their list. Also tell the agent you are leary of their referrals. The
agent will probably be on the phone to the tile guy quickly; these referrals
are a life blood to contractors.
I just posted a (long) explanation of the beginning of the disaster
under a slightly different heading (something about Adjacent tiles
lift after repair work. More on the Agent).
The agent was pretty blameless. I thought she had recommended them but
she had just passed on an estimate that the sellers had received from
someone they used, as part of the sales process.
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