Knowing your limits

I used to feel pressure to do DIY around our home. It was my role as the “man of the house”. I had some pretty significant successes in the past.

But it’s hard. Things go wrong. You never have all the right tools. Failure can feel like an existential challenge.

We needed a new curtain rail put up and I was feeling the pressure. I was on the point of being brave. But thankfully at the last moment I had the instinct to bail.

Thank goodness. The lintel turns out to have been steel as well as concrete and the handyman we paid to do the job knew this immediately and used special self tapping screws into the steel.

I would have been left with a load of bent drill bits, wondering what was going wrong, and sitting on the floor sobbing.


3 thoughts on “Knowing your limits

  1. I get it. I really don’t need any more tools our shed, or any any more DIY techniques to learn. time now needs to be spent on self-integration ideally. The DIY urge is hard to quiese, I started a outdoor paint job today and have more jobs lined up. The skill is knowing where your limits are.

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  2. I get it. I’m completely impractical when it comes to maintenance jobs around the house. We have all the tools except I’m afraid to use them. Drills scare me so I use screwdrivers. My order is (1) try to do it myself IF it looks simple enough watching tonnes of different YouTube videos first (2) then ask my father to help out (knowing he’ll then say things like “what do you have a husband for?” (3) asking my husband who then would say, “why did you ask your dad for?!” (4) then I just call RACV Connect which is a service I decided to pay for that just connects us to different service providers. Sometimes I’ll just go to (4) directly because of all the rigmarole.

    A few weeks back I visited the local Men’s Shed. It has two sessions every week where it’s open for women to learn carpentry skills. Even walking into that workshop with drills, saws, lathes etc scared the heebeejeebees out of me. The ladies were welcoming though despite them wielding drills in their hands making bird boxes or some such. I was frightened off with the noise and sawdust. I knew my limits. 🤣

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