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Old 07-04-2011, 08:05 AM
 
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The reality is that I would not make the mistakes that some of the guys used as examples in this thread did, like not switching off the power. I'm sorry if you believe that it takes a master tradesman to turn the power off at the control panel. I didn't realize it was deemed some great feat for so many. As mentioned earlier, the use of the term pro here is up for debate. To become a master at anything takes year. To flip a switch take two seconds. At least for some of us.


I'm a secretary now? I shouldn't be surprised. Why would should you know the difference? I have little doubt that you approach any work you do as haphazardly as you do formulating arguments.
How are going to run an AMP check on RLA or LRA on that common wire with the electrical panel wide open so you can work on it and hot. Other trouble shooting needs the power on just the same. Be careful what you touch while you are in there. You already know what you are doing so it shouldn't be a problem, right? Laughable once again!
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:07 AM
 
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You won what battle? Dude, some of us are not up at 3am. The only person you have humiliated is yourself. You are not stopping any DIY'er from working on their own homes, now matter how insulted you get. And if you have taught anything, it's not to buy into "pro" proclamations from random Joe's. I have learned this via Craigslist already, unfortunately. I'm now weary of guys advertising as landscapers, plumbers, etc, and always check references. I've had more than one moron come to my home for work and it was throwing money away. Not only that, but a few were convict level stupid.
That is an epic fail as well. You are on this 24/7/365. You don't take off to get your nails done! LMAO
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Western Washington
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It's sad that this thread bores you. Braunwyn was simply asking a question, in order to find out people were intimidated by women who do their own home remodeling and/or repairs. It is quite apparent that at least one male poster has shown himself to be intimidated. Well, either that or he chosen this venue to attempt to completely minimize anything that women do, because it's not nearly as hard, complex, and dangerous as what HE does.

It would be nice if people could actually get back on track as I think this could be a very interesting thread. I mean, how hard is the question, really? Are you or are you not intimidated by women who are D-I-Yers or do you think it's GREAT that more women are putting their foot down, refusing to pay others to do what they are perfectly capable of doing themselves?

Personally, I am THRILLED to see more women getting over their fear of power tools. I love that when I walk into a Home Depot store, I am seeing more women picking up building materials and shopping for new power tools. I am seeing more of the sales associates taking women more seriously and not talking down to them, but rather talking WITH them, concerning their purchases. I'm even seeing a few more female associates working in the lumber departments who actually know what they're talking about and that's wonderful.

I give credit to some of those DIY improvement shows. Over the past 5 years, we're seeing more and more women grabbing up power tools and demonstrating their skills with them, showing housewives or single gals that, IF you follow your basic safety precautions and do your homework, most home repairs are simple. Many women are detail oriented and that makes for some mad skills when you're doing some of those home repair projects. By becoming a DIY female, you can easily turn your plain ole kitchen into a custom kitchen that give you exactly what you need, without having to do a complete demo and remortgage your home to pay for it.

Being a DIY female means that you can have MORE of what you want, because if you pick up occasional tools (watch those Fathers' Day sales ladies! LOL) before you know it, you've got a work ship that will make many men drool. LOL If you're serious about getting into DIY "stuff", but can't really afford the tools on an "any day" basis, do what I started doing, years ago. You've got Valentine's day, Christmas, your anniversary, Easter, Mothers' day.... Gals, those dates can reap you at LEAST 5 new tools for your workshop..way more if you go for the good, high-powered battery operated combo packs. LOL Those portable tools can be wonderful things...work on your tan while working on a project in your back yard!

Men, don't be intimidated by women who love to work with power tools, cut their own lumber, replace their own windows, etc. Embrace those things....they're like a dream come true! You've now got more time to spend doing things together, and your wife's not nagging at you about "trivial" projects on your days off. You've also got more MONEY to spend doing recreational things, because you're not having to hire someone to do them for you. Spend your money on more tools, not the wages of someone to do things for you. Buying tools (IF you're going to use them) is like putting money in the bank!
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:19 AM
 
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Well, I think the whole blowing up your house thing is taken as a bit over the top. We're really only talking about swapping out light fixtures. For those on a budget, DIY shouldn't be an issue.
Do you own a portable pipe threader? Do you know how to cut and thread black pipe? How about shutting off the gas at the meter? How much PSI must a system be pressure tested with an inert gas for in the County and the City for at least 24 hours? The Cities and Counties have different regulations, you know? Can you perform an LP conversion on an appliance? When you are done, what are you looking for on the water column? We're just getting started here. Back out now while you still can.
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:22 AM
 
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You ladies are going about this DIY stuff all wrong.

Call a pro and hope that some dude like Midnight Rambler shows up. Wear a skirt. Gush over his brute strength and act impressed by his expertise, even if he isn't making a lick of sense. When he finishes, gush some more about what a life-saver he is. Show him some of your other projects and he'll usually do a bunch of stuff for free before he leaves.

You don't need to watch a YouTube Video for this. It's like taking candy from a baby.

P.S. But you might want to watch him while he works to make sure he doesn't botch things up.
The response is usually... "Jesus Christ, what took you so long!"
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Western Washington
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You ladies are going about this DIY stuff all wrong.

Call a pro and hope that some dude like Midnight Rambler shows up. Wear a skirt. Gush over his brute strength and act impressed by his expertise, even if he isn't making a lick of sense. When he finishes, gush some more about what a life-saver he is. Show him some of your other projects and he'll usually do a bunch of stuff for free before he leaves.

You don't need to watch a YouTube Video for this. It's like taking candy from a baby.

P.S. But you might want to watch him while he works to make sure he doesn't botch things up.
"Ohhhhh you're so smart...and talented. Gosh, I could NEVER do that. I wish I had YOUR mad skills and talents. Can I get you a glass of iced tea? A soda perhaps? Are you hungry? Cuz I could make you a sandwich if you're hungry!"
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Do you own a portable pipe threader? Do you know how to cut and thread black pipe? How about shutting off the gas at the meter? How much PSI must a system be pressure tested with an inert gas for in the County and the City for at least 24 hours? The Cities and Counties have different regulations, you know? Can you perform an LP conversion on an appliance? When you are done, what are you looking for on the water column? We're just getting started here. Back out now while you still can.
How about if all of your appliances are electric? You don't need much of an education on running gas lines now, do you? How about if you choose to go with the new red & blue flex tubing for running your water lines...or go with the PVC/CPVC plumbing w/ couplings. Well now, you don't need to concern yourself with owning a pipe threader, do you? Rubbing alcohol and PVC cement, combined with a hacksaw will get you through the day.
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Nashville, Tn
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That is an epic fail as well. You are on this 24/7/365. You don't take off to get your nails done! LMAO
I just read the past few pages of this thread and it's obvious that you have nothing intelligent to contribute to the conversation and your only interest is to belittle others while pretending to be some sort of he-man know it all. You sound like some sort of redneck bar room philosopher after a few pitchers of beer and your incoherent posts don't even address the topic of this thread.
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:28 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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Midnight Rambler - get over yourself. Your pontificating exercise in futility has become increasingly boring and has rendered this thread totally useless from it's original intent.
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:29 AM
 
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How are going to run an AMP check on RLA or LRA on that common wire with the electrical panel wide open so you can work on it and hot. Other trouble shooting needs the power on just the same. Be careful what you touch while you are in there. You already know what you are doing so it shouldn't be a problem, right? Laughable once again!
Really? Last I checked my outdoor sconces didn't have motors. When I decide to power them up, I'll let you know.
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