Learning the Language of DIY

Beyond learning the step-by-step to hang an interior door, how did you gain the confidence to handle a drill and learn the skills to choose the proper bit? The fundamentals of do-it-yourself start with the confidence it takes tackle a project and the willingness to learn as you go. Those attributes are necessary throughout your hands-on house career and are also valuable in everyday life.

Jeanne from House in Progress inspired this post and she shares her experiences and influences as a budding do-it-yourselfer. Who motivated you to take your home improvement projects into your own hands?


  1. cynthia stone says:

    I’m pretty much self-taught. Dad kept me away from tools but living on my own changed that. Financial situations can dictate DIY prowess as I know I just can’t always pay the pros.

  2. I’ve been lucky to have always had a friend or two in the midsts of a DIY project since I can remember. I would always offer to be that cheap labor and help out so when I had my own place I could take those skills (and many owed favors) into my house and really get that sweat equity back.

  3. I am very lucky – I was raised in the masonry trade, so I have a lot of basic construction expereince. From there, some research, confidence and the right tools have made almost any DIY project possible.

  4. My parents are and always will be my greatest source of confidence. I know this may be a unique situation but I’ve been fortunate to have them.

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