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Old 05-26-2009, 07:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was just wondering if anyone else here is a DIY kind of person. Aside from doing my own car work and household repairs, I also like to build things. Recently, I've done a couple of projects.

First, my wife takes tap and ballet classes. For tap, she really can't do her practicing on a normal floor. It tears up not only our linoleum, but my wife's knees. So I built her a tap dance floor. It is made of environmentally friendly bamboo flooring and contains a 2 inch pocket in the center which is filled with foam. This gives it a great sound but also a little give so that it cushions her legs a bit. She really likes it.



I also had to stop our cat from destroying our door frames so I built him a scratching post. As well as it worked, I wasn't really happy with just that. So I decided I would build him a small cat house. Well, it got out of hand and now he has a 6 ft tall castle. His food and water go in the bottom so the dog can't get them. He usually sleeps his days away on the bed I put in the center (as you can see in the pic). When he is being especially crazy, he will jump to the top and hide in the tower. It isn't the prettiest thing in the world, but he loves it and it only cost me about $30 to build. Something that size would run $200 or more at a store. The carpet was only $15 at a remnants shop.



My plans when we move into our new house are a shoe rack for my wife's billion and a half shoes and a snowboard rack for the garage (if we have one). So does anyone else like to build stuff around the house? I know I can't be alone in this.
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I renovated my houses basement I turned it into a gameroom/sports cellar with a pool table, airhockey table and a flatscreen tv on the wall I also turned the studio in the back yard which should have been condemned into a rather nice rental building for a bachelor, DIY is the way to go to save loads of cash.
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Nope, not alone. Besides building or rebuilding computers I build bicycles, repair everything in my apartment(minus electrical work) and do all the woodworking projects my gf desires . I built a folding wall table to save space recently as well made some recycling projects out of cd/dvds like window curtains.

Now looking to build some solar panels for off the grid living. Yay instructables.com
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Nope, not alone. Besides building or rebuilding computers I build bicycles, repair everything in my apartment(minus electrical work) and do all the woodworking projects my gf desires . I built a folding wall table to save space recently as well made some recycling projects out of cd/dvds like window curtains.

Now looking to build some solar panels for off the grid living. Yay instructables.com
When we finally do buy a house, I want to do my own solar setup as well. I've also considered wind power depending upon where we settle.
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No, but we try. We built a crapy deck last Summer, it is ok as long as no one walks on it, it wiggles. We also painted, or should I say started painting our house about 2 years ago. We still have 1 wall to go..... We are so ghetto but we would rather have fun then get stuff done. At least it is a part of the house people cannot see.
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we would rather have fun then get stuff done.
Amen to that! I am handy, but every time I get involved in a project, I think of myself lying on my deathbed, looking back on my life, regretting that I painted walls/replaced the heating system/reshingled the roof/etc. instead of snowboarding/golfing/kayaking/or spending time with family. DIY is not really something I enjoy...I only do it to save money.
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No, but we try. We built a crapy deck last Summer, it is ok as long as no one walks on it, it wiggles. We also painted, or should I say started painting our house about 2 years ago. We still have 1 wall to go..... We are so ghetto but we would rather have fun then get stuff done. At least it is a part of the house people cannot see.
Nothing ghetto about it you have to have fun doing it, or you won't want to do it again.

Why pay someone for something you can do yourself. Plus there's always pride in the work you did and see every day.
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I bought a house that was built in the early 70's.....shag carpet, harvest gold plumbing fixtures, paneled basement, etc.

Took me 7 years, but it's now fully modernized...hardwood, ceramic, new plumbing, lighting, windows, doors. I've got it on the market now and I figure to make a $100K profit over and above the market increases (I got a good deal when I bought it)

The things I like about it are the room and yard sizes... 220 square foot master bedroom for example. Just can't find that in newer places.
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Fortunately, I see the money-saving aspect as sort of a bonus. I love putting on my ratty clothes and crawling under my car or breaking out the power saw. I like being covered in sawdust and having numb hands from my sander. And I really like standing back and admiring something that I've put together myself. If I knew how to build my own house, I'd do it.
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Fortunately, I see the money-saving aspect as sort of a bonus. I love putting on my ratty clothes and crawling under my car or breaking out the power saw. I like being covered in sawdust and having numb hands from my sander. And I really like standing back and admiring something that I've put together myself. If I knew how to build my own house, I'd do it.


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