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LazMan
Premium
join:2003-03-26
canada

Most / Least favourite home improvement task?

Spent a quality day today; doing the thing I arguably like least...

Mudding drywall.

But it gave me time to think - we've got a wide range in here - from professional tradesmen, to DIY home-owners, to people who don't let not having a clue what they are doing slow them down in the slightest...

What's your most and least favourite home improvement and reno tasks?

My most favourite? Electrical, by far...

Least favourite? As mentioned above - taping/mudding drywall... Roofing is probably a close second, though.


cowspotter

join:2000-09-11
Ashburn, VA
kudos:2
Most Favorite: Tiling

Least Favorite: Painting


netboy34
Premium
join:2001-08-29
Kennesaw, GA
kudos:1
reply to LazMan
Most Favorite: Framing

Least Favorite: Plumbing

AsherN
Premium
join:2010-08-23
Thornhill, ON

1 recommendation

reply to LazMan
Most favourite: testing the hammock
least favourite: everything else

averagedude

join:2002-01-30
San Diego, CA

1 recommendation

reply to LazMan
any REPAIRS!!!

Because when your done it does not look like you did anything - just what or how it is supposed to be in the first place.


cdru
Go Colts
Premium,MVM
join:2003-05-14
Fort Wayne, IN
kudos:7
said by averagedude:

any REPAIRS!!!

Because when your done it does not look like you did anything - just what or how it is supposed to be in the first place.

The name of the forum is Home Improvement, not home maintenance. If it looks exactly the same as before, you didn't do it good enough.

Least favorite: Anything that costs me money but doesn't add real value. Painting, drywall repair, and wallpaper removal all fall under this.

Most favorite: Projects that when I'm done make a huge difference. A few years ago I took the opportunity after some hail damage to replace a roof and all the faded aluminum siding. House looks drastically different and better. Probably didn't add a ton to the value of the house, but none the less worth it anyways.


alkizmo

join:2007-06-25
Pierrefonds, QC
kudos:1
reply to LazMan
Favorite: Hanging drywall
Least favorite: Electrical (God damn my carpal tunnel!)
Second least favorite: Paiting because it is boring.


GadgetsRme
RIP lilhurricane
Premium
join:2002-01-30
Canon City, CO
reply to LazMan
Least is a tie between prepping for-cleaning up after painting and plumbing (especially bathroom plumbing).
Most favorite is working with the irrigation water for the yard and garden. My wife calls it playing with water, says I just haven't grown out of it since childhood. I keep trying to make our use of it more efficient so as to reduce the amount of treated water we have to pay for. We get water from the ditch 2-4 times a week, 2 days just a little 2 days a full head. The last 2 years that has been cut in half because of drought conditions.
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scooper

join:2000-07-11
Youngsville, NC
kudos:2
reply to LazMan
Most favorite - electrical in any form, from 240V down to RG6 coax / UTP CAT5/5e/6.
2nd favorite - water SUPPLY plumbing / pool plumbing

Least favorite - that "other" plumbing (I will gladly pay a plumber to do this)
2nd least favorite - anything to do with drywall / sanding / finishing


leibold
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join:2002-07-09
Sunnyvale, CA
kudos:10
Reviews:
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1 recommendation

reply to LazMan
That question made me think for a while.

Most favorite: making things work (regardless whether it is mechanical, electrical or plumbing)
Least favorite: making things look good (don't look too closely; at least it works now)


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nonymous
Premium
join:2003-09-08
Glendale, AZ
reply to LazMan
Drywall is least favorite. Mostly as I really need to learn how to do it correctly.
Any plumbing with soldering would be next worse. I could do it but would not want to seal it up behind a wall for years. General plumbing is fine.


pende_tim
Premium
join:2004-01-04
Andover, NJ
kudos:1
reply to LazMan
Least favorite: painting
Most favorite: anything else


AlphaOne
I see
Premium
join:2004-02-21

1 recommendation

reply to LazMan
Changing wax seals.

eagleknight

join:2002-11-08
Troy, OH
reply to LazMan
I am going to name a few... in each.

Most favorite - Demo, Framing, Tiling, electrical
Least favorite - Drywall mudding/sanding, painting.


flibby3655
Bully Spotter
Premium
join:2004-12-19
Lompoc, CA
reply to LazMan
Least favorite: Projects
Most favorite: Beer at the end!

Although, doing and finishing projects are rewarding.


fifty nine

join:2002-09-25
Sussex, NJ
kudos:2
reply to LazMan
Most favorite: Electrical
Least favorite: anything in the attic


cybersaga

join:2011-12-19
Welland, ON
reply to LazMan
Most favourite: Electrical. I actually find reading the electrical code interesting. I almost ditched university to be an electrician. As much as I like computers, now that I'm in a desk job I wish I had gone through with it.

Least favourite: Plumbing. I somewhat enjoy planning out new plumbing; it's more challenging than I thought it would be. But I hate the maintenance (i.e. troubleshooting clogged drains), and laying new plumbing under a basement floor. Ugh.


cybersaga

join:2011-12-19
Welland, ON
reply to fifty nine
said by fifty nine:

Least favorite: anything in the attic

+1 on that. If I'm up there for even 2 minutes without a mask, I start hacking up insulation.


dennismurphy
Put me on hold? I'll put YOU on hold
Premium
join:2002-11-19
Parsippany, NJ
kudos:3
reply to LazMan
Least favorite: drop ceilings. Man, those suck.

Most favorite: demo, of course!


CylonRed
Premium,MVM
join:2000-07-06
Bloom County
reply to LazMan
Can't stand painting but then I have color issues. If more than one coat has to go on then the coats have to 2 to very different colors or I can't see where I left off.
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35245635

join:2013-03-04
North Reading, MA
reply to LazMan
I can't stand drywall & painting so I hire them out. I hate doing insulation as well but it's just not cost effective to hire that out so of the things I do insulation is the worst.

Nothing I would consider I like. I'd prefer to do anything entertaining over home improvements. I do home improvement stuff because it needs to get done. It's nice to see a finished project it's just doing it sucks. If money were no object I'd never do another home improvement project myself again.
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Camelot One
Premium,MVM
join:2001-11-21
Greenwood, IN
kudos:2
reply to LazMan
Least favorite: Prep work
Most favorite: the actual build work

I have found I don't mind breaking my back building stuff, fixing stuff, painting stuff, etc. But the prep-work annoys the hell out of me. It ends up being a lot of work just to make things look worse. Immediately following that, my least favorite is anything that requires I crawl around in a cramped, hot attic filled with fiberglass insulation. Mostly because I always forget to wear proper attire and end up itching for a week after.


cableties
Premium
join:2005-01-27
reply to LazMan
Most Favourite: Tile cutting and drywall framing (metal studs).
Least Favourite: caulking, working in confined space
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Pacrat
Old and Cranky
Premium,MVM
join:2001-03-10
Cortland, OH
kudos:2
reply to LazMan
Least favorite: Anything on my wife's "honey-do" list!

Most favorite: Anything that has to do with the lawn or landscape.


mityfowl
Premium
join:2000-11-06
Dallas, TX
reply to LazMan
Least favorite: replacing a dishwasher with a tile kitchen floor and 9/16" drop off to slab.

I'm trying to do it now.

sk1939
Premium
join:2010-10-23
Mclean, VA
kudos:10
reply to LazMan
Favorite: Electrical, general carpentry, painting

Least favorite: Tile, Grout, Concrete, plumbing, mudding drywall, yardwork, and hardwood floors

Mango
What router are you using?
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join:2008-12-25
www.toao.net
kudos:13
Reviews:
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Most favourite: electrical. I'm actually not an electrician but the stuff I can legally do I really enjoy. I wired my home with cat5e recently and now enjoy gigabit ethernet in most rooms. According to network statistics I did a pretty good job.

Least favourite: remediation of things like mold and pet urine. The person who lived in this house before us didn't take good care of the place, to say the least. I'm good at it now, but still hate it.


CajunWon

join:2005-12-30
Cary, NC
reply to LazMan
Favorite: Anything requiring power tools &/or fire.

Least: clean-up afterwards.


Majestik
World Traveler
Premium
join:2001-05-11
Tulsa, OK
reply to LazMan
Most favorite- landscape/gardening
Least favorite- any project that creates dust.
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Automate

join:2001-06-26
Atlanta, GA
reply to LazMan
Favorite: Dreaming up projects

Least: Actually doing the work