DIY for Greater Satisfaction

From you, the people who keep my spirit alive every day I’ve learned that nobody cares like I do so I practice DIY (DO IT YOURSELF) whenever possible.

True Story: Having recently had the exterior of my house painted the painters called out an area to me where the roof tiles were coming loose from the fascia. They were concerned about fixing it because it’s not their area of expertise and were afraid they would break the Spanish clay tiles.

I called a handyman, a referral that I had no personal experience with, and he said he would stop by in about two hours and take a look. He got out his ladder, climbed up and looked. He then asked if he could borrow a hammer and some four inch nails. I thought, how odd a handyman without a hammer and nails. I got my hammer and nails and handed them to him. He proceeded to hammer a few nails into the holes in the clay tiles. He pressed into the tiles to show me they were tight. He was at my house for an hour and asked for $100. I paid.

Two weeks later I found a nail on the ground underneath the roof tiles that had been fixed. I looked up and saw the tiles were loose again. I called him and he said “call me tomorrow when you’re home and I will come by and fix it, and also want you to know that I will have to charge you for it again”. Really! I asked him what he thought if I told him the new paint was peeling after two weeks and I called the painter back to fix it. Did he think I should pay for another paint job? He said “no however this was different.” I thanked him and said I didn’t need him.

I went to the hardware store and got longer nails, actually screws that could be hammered into the wood and then tightened with a screw driver. Fortunately I have a ladder and screw driver, and we already know I have a hammer. I climbed up and did it myself.

Not only do I have the satisfaction of the DIY experience; I also can check easily if the approach is working better that what was done before. Plus I have more confidence going forward to analyze the situation and see if I can fix the problem on my own rather than calling someone.

It’s like the computer, if it’s not working, shut it down and restart, most of the time it fixes the problem and suddenly we’re all computer experts!

Try DIY first to build your confidence and satisfaction, because when it comes to getting stuff done Nobody Cares Like I Do; Like You Do.

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