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With the cost of everyday items such as electricity rising, money can be saved by doing a number of jobs around the house yourself. Unfortunately, in a time poor society, 'Do It Yourself' skills are not being passed on to the younger generation. What jobs are you capable of doing yourself?

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The important thing about DIY should be the thrill and enjoyment that you gain from the creation process to the final product. Nowadays, everything seems to cost less if someone else in a third world country makes it, making it easier to settle for the cheaper and "less fuss" means.

Recently I inquired into making my own birthday cards. This means special paper, cardboard, envelopes and decorative elements such as ribbon, crystals and textured felt. The cost of buying all these materials (minus labour time) is double what it costs to pay some company online to make it for me. Tis such a shame!
As we are time poor, to a degree DIY is dying. However, there are many people that DIY. Love the thrill and challenge of this. Things are great hand made.
You could be quite right, a lot of young men now are not being taught the skills that their fathers did.

I'm a 59 year old grandmother, who had to teach herself a lot.

I can paint a room, or ceiling, or even the outside of the house.I looked on Google how to fill a hole (big one) done by a teenager wanting his own way some years ago! the famous fist-hole.
You can't even see where it is now.Then I learned how to do the same with a door, another fist hole.

I taught myself how to use a high pressure water hose, and love it.
I even taught myself how to make a small re-taining wall, with bricks and cement.It's common sense, but then again I am a baby boomer...and we were suppose to work things out.
I could never afford a tradesman, so I just tried, and worked it out eventually.
The pay off was simple...once it was done I had saved a lot of money....and it felt good to be able to overcome the projects.
I wish I knew how to do more stuff for myself. It would save me money if I could at least make basic alterations to clothes, let alone make my own. I just don't have the time to learn a whole new skill at the moment with two young kids at home. It would also be nice to have some idea how to fix stuff in our house when it breaks. I wish I'd learned when I had more time but there was less incentive while renting when we weren't allowed to do much anyway.

I can do some craft stuff like crocheting, so I plan on making my little ones wooly hats for next Winter.
I have absolutely no DIY skills whatsoever. If even the simplest thing went wrong in our house, I would not have a clue how to fix it. Fortunately my parents have better life skills than me.
Amazingly, my son who did not do a lot of DIY with his Dad while young, seems to have absorbed it by osmosis. He can turn his hand to most DIY things around the house, so I think you either have the gene or you don't.
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I also think that the more interested in DIY you are, the more likely you will pick it up.
I am afraid I am not very handy ... although my son tells friends that "mum can fix anything ... with sticky tape". Luckily I have a very handy dad and brother who can fix just about anything.
I don't know. I do lots of stuffs myself since I'm living alone now. But I guess that some might find it easier to get a professional to do the work if they can afford it.
Not when you consider all the home renovation shows on the TV. You can't turn the TV on without stumbling across one. A lot of people, if they have some expertise, would prefer to fix something themselves or renovate if it means saving money.
I think it depends on the household income, obviously I wouldn't dare mess around with electricity, so we usually call out an electrician for that, but other smaller projects my husband tries to do him self.
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