HVAC sucks. I’m EPA certified for refrigerants because I sell the stuff, but I hate working with it, it’s always dirty, and it always involves more than one skillset to properly diagnose and repair issues. And soldering on those little tubes for vacuuming out the AC just sucks.
@fuzzmanmatt@macromeh I actually replaced the blower motor in my furnace. Electric… I wouldn’t mess with gas. It was a bit of tear down, replace and put back together. But I got it done. And it fired up on the first try. Unfortunately, I wired it incorrectly and it was spinning in the wrong direction. So, swear a lot, rinse and repeat. Got it working. It wasn’t fun, but I’m not going to complain about furnace repair for $80 Lost one Saturday, but I’ve come to terms with that
@capnjb@fuzzmanmatt Nice! Just for comparison, I had the blower motor (professionally) replaced on my furnace and it came in just under a grand! (It’s a fancy-shmancy multi-stage blower on a geothermal heat pump system. They had originally quoted almost $2K! But the part came in less than they originally thought.)
I’m pretty solid with woodworking and electrical. I can do basic plumbing like replacing a garbage disposal, but if it involves using fire inside my walls to replace a section of pipe, I call a pro. Which leads to the the Something Else category. Welding. I can spot weld in a pinch but it’s a skill I would love to know more about.
My wife: What do you want for your birthday.
Me: A TIG welder.
My wife: Do what now?
Me: Let me rephrase that. PERMISSION to buy a TIG welder
Using a torch for the always uncertain prospect of solder joints always made me super nervous too. The only solid choice the flippers who sold us this house made was to use PEX… But then they still did a few parts of it wrong and I’ve had to fix it, but now that I have a PEX tool and crimp rings in various sizes, it’s pretty straightforward
@capnjb@guyfromhawthorn I wish the modern version of PEX had been available when we built our house. I did all the supply plumbing with copper pipe - 3 stories, 4 bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room. (I got pretty proficient at soldering ).
I looked at PEX at the time, but the early version had a lot of problems.
@guyfromhawthorn@macromeh I’ve got a 100’ spool of PEX and a handful of Sharkbite connectors. I really have no immediate use for it, but I have some ideas. And I did get an eye roll from my wife. WIN/WIN
@capnjb I’ll pass along the advice I got from somebody who really knows their way around a weld shop:
“It’s best to learn using an arc/stick welder. It will take some time, but once you become proficient at that, the other methods will come easily. If you insist on cutting corners, a beginner can get barely passable results with MIG. Never start with TIG - that’s a recipe for trouble.”
Roofing. It is hard, back breaking work. But I avoid it especially because I fell off my roof 30 years ago, busted up my foot (took 5 screws to put it back together) and still walk with a limp as a daily reminder.
@macromeh I’ve got a Spring/Summer plan to get up and put some solar panels on my roof. I’ve got a thing with heights so I’m not looking forward to it. The only reoccurring nightmare I have always deals with steep, steep slopes. My roof doesn’t have a horrible grade, but still…
Water destroys things. Behind walls and under floors. And you may not know it’s happened until it’s way too late. That’s why I’m intimidated by plumbing. I might think it’s all tight and good, but if I missed a tiny leak, much badness ensues.
@blaineg I’m a software guy and usually refer to myself as a Bit Wrangler. At the lowest level, my job is to produce useful arrangements of 1’s and 0’s. Two collections of bits may both have the exact same total number of each, but only the set with the proper order is valuable.
Having done all the electrical, plumbing, roofing’siding, sheet rock, flooring/tile work and woodworking (including cabinetry) on my current house, I would go with welding and/or HVAC. I did install a couple of mini-splits in our poolhouse, and extended a run for the central air/heat when I re-did/expanded the guest bath, but planning and installing a full system is beyond my skill set (I would LOVE to have a geo-thermal set-up if I could find someone locally that would do it). But welding… never really gave that a try. Maybe someday.
@chienfou I have pretty good skills for almost every handyman task (thanks Dad, for making me help with EVERY household project that came along, as well as at multiple investment properties ) but I still hate tile work.
[In best gravelly Springsteen voice] Me and mortar, we just don’t get along.