<<Extreme home make over fans and faux finish guru's,,SCREW YOU! I've
been going behind you cleaning up the crap long enough. >>
Gawd how I love those guys. Send them to me!
After they have tried to fix their walls, refinish cabinets, set tile,
replace doors, replace windows, fix roofs.... MOST want nothing more to
do with it. IF they finish their home improvement project, IF, then
they usually don't want to do any more of them.
And since they are rarely satisfied with their results, I have a good
They now know "it ain't all that easy", they think whatever kind of
work it is they want done just sucks, and they think it takes too long
on top of that. Most of them don't really understand just how dirty,
messy, smelly and time consuming all the processes are they see on TV.
They also don't know that they guys have consultants that don't let
those knotheads get in too deep. And better still for me, if they
aren't satisfied with the end results they are happy to have someone
Price is rarely and issue at that point. They are greatful to have
someone bail them out.
You wasted your time venting against do-it-yourselfers. I have
hired someone to rehab my house (which is a rehab to sell and not for
me to live in), and he has agreed to either install new cabinets or
refinish what I have and prefers to install new cabinets. I always try
to learn about the process used before I make a decision about which
way to go. I will personally strip one cabinet door before I decide
which way to go. This is the third house I have rehabbed, and if you
listen to everything the contractors tell you, you will end up paying
triple the cost of a rehab. Just to give one short example, I was
dismissively told on one house by several HVAC guys that I had to toss
a perfectly good electric heater when I installed a heat pump. Only,
after persistently challenging their advice did I find a good installer
who installed the new heat pump with the old heater, which worked fine.
Also, on a previous house, I had a different contractor restain old
cabinets and that worked well. These cabinets are different, and I
want to make the best decision for what is best for the house. If
others have tips as to the best way to strip and refinish the
cabinets, I would appreciate their comments. I really appreciated
- posted on February 1, 2006, 2:20 am
Apparently you chose to personalize the comments I made. Read
carefully, I am not venting or maligning DIYers, many of them pay my
bills. Some actually turn out to be great clients (again, with some
attentive reading you would have seen this in my post).
You are obviously much more in tune with things and how they are done
than the average man/woman that watches a DIY show (which in reading
carefully the exact quote was top posted for your easy reference) and
then goes out and tears up their house. My response was aimed directly
at the quote I supplied.
As far as you choice of contractors and your bad experiences, it is no
different than any other profession. There are good ones, bad ones,
dishonest and honest ones. I'll bet that could even be said for your
profession. Who cares?
I liked Jerry's advice too, but again, with careful (OK, not so
careful) scrutiny you could see that I was not responding to his post.
I quoted no one else other than the post immeidiately before mine.
Where did you think I was "venting"? Very Oprah of you, BTW. I am
not angry at all with the DIYers... frankly I never think of them at
You shouldn't wear your feelings on your sleeve. You will live in
constant pain. And just for a minute.... did it occur to you that what
I posted could actually be my own personal experiences and have nothing
to do with you?