than I expect when I first look at it. For example, we have an A/C unit in the attic. I noticed water in the basement, which is the drain from the condensate pan. I went upstairs to check out the unit and found the condensate drain line was blocked and water was running out of the unit into the pan to the basement. Easy fix - just shove a hangar into the drain line to unstop it. I broke the line. Went to the hardware store to buy the fittings and bought the wrong threaded fitting. Second trip got it right. 3 hours later, it was done.
I agree on painting - the painters do it faster than I can. I am relegated to weeding and preparing for tailgate parties.
renovating my house and landscaping my yard, it is that hiring a professional not only ends with quicker completion of the project, but usually a better result. It also usually costs less. I now only do projects when I want to have something to do to keep me busy.
Painting and Mulch. Two things I will never do again.
painting doesn't even use it except maybe at the base (for dripping) but he just cuts everything in freehand. There's no way I could get it done for what he charges and plus we trust him so we just leave the side door unlocked for him, he comes in, paints and it's done when we get home from work. Can't beat it.
for someone else to paint it. No tape, maybe a drop cloth. Money well spent
Only used about ten feet of painters tape near the carpet and along one junction of two doorways.
Took me about 7 hours total.
Free-hand cutting with a 2.5" angled brush 20+ feet off the ground.
Completely renovating 3 houses will teach you things you never thought you'd learn.
Saved over a grand. Drank six beers. Pretty nice little Saturday.
I'm weird in that I find cutting and rolling a room very relaxing. I have about 200 different little things running through my head everyday so when I am forced to focus on drawing a straight line with a trim brush I forget about everything else and just relax. It's cheaper than therapy.