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I'm a big kid now!
So my husband has been out of town for a month now, and in that month I've put together a brand new dining room set:
I'm a big kid now! Photo

and a brand new futon:
I'm a big kid now! Photo

....all by myself! I DID IT! I didn't know I had it in me. I know, pretty much anybody could do this, but I was pretty proud of myself. So my question for you is - have you ever done something, fixed something, or built something that surprised you or made you proud to have done? For example; have you ever fixed something on your car that you might have otherwise trusted to a mechanic, that most people wouldn't or couldn't do themselves (like rebuild an engine or maybe change a clutch)? Woodworking? Clothing design/making? Give me something, no matter how great or small...SOMETHING - Anything besides your children that you're proud of...
Featured by: Debi_L at 8/17/10 1:40AM
| Closed on 09/15/10 at 05:00PM
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#5 | 1343 days ago

I completely refinished my grandparents bedroom set. It's in my daughters room and she continues to keep it in nice shape.

I was also pretty impressed with myself the first time I replaced the brakes on my car. The last time I did my front brakes it cost me $5.99. Around the same time one of my friends took his car to the shop to replace the front brakes and it cost him $300. Something I'm really glad I learned how to do.
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#1 | 1343 days ago

I just have one question, when you were finished assembling them, did you have pieces left over?
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#2 | 1343 days ago

richard_cranium wrote:
I just have one question, when you were finished assembling them, did you have pieces left over?
haha nope - everything went where it should, no extra pieces and no pieces missing. and only one of the chairs wobbles...just a little bit (yes I've already been teased about that)
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#3 | 1343 days ago

 Just last week I changed the Power Supply on a desktop. And it still worked when I was done! 
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#4 | 1343 days ago

my daddy always said if it is worth doing ,do it yourself,this year i have put a florida room (although i live in north carolina) on my house ,enclose my front porch,help my daughter and fiancee redo thier garage.put all new installation in my attic,oh yea put new speakers in my truck,other than that havnt done much
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#5 | 1343 days ago

I completely refinished my grandparents bedroom set. It's in my daughters room and she continues to keep it in nice shape.

I was also pretty impressed with myself the first time I replaced the brakes on my car. The last time I did my front brakes it cost me $5.99. Around the same time one of my friends took his car to the shop to replace the front brakes and it cost him $300. Something I'm really glad I learned how to do.
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#6 | 1343 days ago

Jess wrote:
haha nope - everything went where it should, no extra pieces and no pieces missing. and only one of the chairs wobbles...just a little bit (yes I've already been teased about that)
Well that is good to know then, and next time I need something assembled. I am going to give you a call, every time I try to assemble stuff, I have pieces left over. Then when I take it apart and try to find where the missing pieces go, then reassemble it. I have different pieces left over. I usually just give up at that point and hope that they weren't important.
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#7 | 1343 days ago

That second photo is the futon you put together? Damn!! Your futon looks nicer than my couch.
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#8 | 1343 days ago
cubsgirl2 (+)

 Yes I actually called the plumber and told him what needed fixing. I did I called him myself. 
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#9 | 1343 days ago

richard_cranium wrote:
Well that is good to know then, and next time I need something assembled. I am going to give you a call, every time I try to assemble stuff, I have pieces left over. Then when I take it apart and try to find where the missing pieces go, then reassemble it. I have different pieces left over. I usually just give up at that point and hope that they weren't important.
Sounds like a plan.
I looked on the website that I got the futon from, and there were comments...the most common one being that people had a space in the middle where the back and the seat didn't meet up right. Mine doesn't do that - HAHA! I'm a NINJA! 
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#10 | 1343 days ago

woody050681 wrote:
That second photo is the futon you put together? Damn!! Your futon looks nicer than my couch.
Yep - and I got it for $450. I was a little nervous (got it from Overstock.com - you never know what to expect), but it's great quality. I'm very pleased.
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#11 | 1343 days ago
cubsgirl2 (+)

 P.s. very nice job. well done
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#12 | 1343 days ago

(Edited by kobe_lova)

I put everything together myself, I am awesome like that. I love doing it, most recently, all of my tables. The best project was my patio furniture and gazebo last year. My two homegirls had to help me actually put it up outside. We were great. Stupid boys thought I would just wait for them...Psssh, who needs 'em.
 

oh, i also painted (custom painted, not just paint every wall one color) all of the rooms in the house ALONE, and laid down the laminate wood flooring. Again, I'm pretty awesome.

#13 | 1343 days ago

I can usually put things together as long as they come with good directions......the kind with words AND pictures.

However, I am pretty proud that I know how to raise and lower my desks (old as dirt) in my classroom without assistance from the custodian and I learned it all on my own. (don't recommend that.....always ask.) Other proud accomplishments include-----laminating folders with pockets, binding books together, and copying like a ninja.
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#14 | 1343 days ago

kteacher wrote:
I can usually put things together as long as they come with good directions......the kind with words AND pictures.

However, I am pretty proud that I know how to raise and lower my desks (old as dirt) in my classroom without assistance from the custodian and I learned it all on my own. (don't recommend that.....always ask.) Other proud accomplishments include-----laminating folders with pockets, binding books together, and copying like a ninja.
yeah, I dont know what possessed them to give directions in only pictures. Idiots.
#15 | 1343 days ago

I have done many things over the years myself that i am proud of. Mixing and matching patterns to create  one of a kind clothes for myself.   Changing flat tires.  Making up my own recipes.  My father-in-law and my hubby and myself built our house.  My hubby was working out of town one Easter weekend and i painted the entire outside of our home.  I guess the  one thing that stands out is:  back in the late 60's i had a Ford Falcon and everytime i would stop in it the choke would hang and i had to get out raise the hood and un hang it, jump back in the car and go til my next stop. 
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#16 | 1343 days ago

(Edited by woody050681)
kobe_lova wrote:
yeah, I dont know what possessed them to give directions in only pictures. Idiots.
Just give me a picture of the finished product and I'll get it done. Words psssshhhh who needs them!! By the way I'm sure it was a man who made the pictures only directions
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#17 | 1343 days ago

Most recently I put together my new bookshelf by myself (hence my need for an E-Reader ... shameless plug for my poll from earlier ... get over it) and my charcoal grill (which was, in my mind, tantamount to neurosurgery    un-freaking-believable).
Other than that, I've assembled a lot of furniture myself (most of my stuff was "assembly required" when I got it) and I also figured out how to replace the keys on my full-size electric piano.  
Normally I'm not at all handy, but here and there I surprise myself.  
#18 | 1343 days ago

 As far as me building something, I'm your man if you want it backwards.  When it comes to technical stuff like your heat or Ac ,  dam I didnt go to school for that, they did, therefore I'll make the call.     Im not one of them guys who think  Oh I can fix everything cuz Im a man, come on people either you can or cant with me Im calling someone
#19 | 1343 days ago

woody050681 wrote:
Just give me a picture of the finished product and I'll get it done. Words psssshhhh who needs them!! By the way I'm sure it was a man who made the pictures only directions
pretty sure it was a woman, realizing that men have comprehension problems. Pictures are simpler for you all.
#20 | 1343 days ago

 Jess love the couch, the black table set is nice but I'd would have gone with just a little lighter color,.    
#21 | 1343 days ago

(Edited by woody050681)
kobe_lova wrote:
pretty sure it was a woman, realizing that men have comprehension problems. Pictures are simpler for you all.
So what are you saying? 
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#22 | 1343 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
pretty sure it was a woman, realizing that men have comprehension problems. Pictures are simpler for you all.
Sorry Ash but men just get things easier, see here is a diagram of what happens when you give a man and woman a very simple task. Like going to the Gap and buying a new pair of jeans.

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#23 | 1343 days ago

keebs8 wrote:
 Jess love the couch, the black table set is nice but I'd would have gone with just a little lighter color,.    
All they had was oak and espresso (it's actually not black...it's like a dark brown coffee color). Oak just didn't look very cool because it is actually kind of cheapo - if it would have been better quality I would definitely have gone with an oak color but this one looked chintzy.
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#24 | 1343 days ago

The things I was proud of... replacing brakes, tune-ups, and detailing my cars as well as building and setting up computers (I know enough to be dangerous, but not enough to make money on it).

I can remodel a house from top to bottom and build/assemble furniture all day (and night) long - but since I learned most of that in school and work for the last 25 years or so I can't count that.

Nice job by the way!
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#25 | 1343 days ago

#26 | 1343 days ago

richard_cranium wrote:
Sorry Ash but men just get things easier, see here is a diagram of what happens when you give a man and woman a very simple task. Like going to the Gap and buying a new pair of jeans.

I take offense to this...you wouldn't find me doing this crap; I hate to shop. Put me as far away from the mall as possible, having given money to my personal shopper (my cousin who is the same size and shape as I am) to have HER do it.


Just kidding, I don't take offense...but I don't shop either; I do have a personal shopper ;)
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#27 | 1343 days ago

Jess wrote:
All they had was oak and espresso (it's actually not black...it's like a dark brown coffee color). Oak just didn't look very cool because it is actually kind of cheapo - if it would have been better quality I would definitely have gone with an oak color but this one looked chintzy.
You made a good choice the pic looked like it was black but  if a dark brown coffee color that should look sharp.. Dang Jess pimping...  lol
#28 | 1343 days ago

Thanks Keebs! Like I said; it's a cheap one (I think it was like $260), but I really like the height of it - I love those pub designs. It'll do until I can afford the one with a marble top that I really want ;)
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#29 | 1342 days ago

Cali_Kat wrote:
 Just last week I changed the Power Supply on a desktop. And it still worked when I was done! 
Excellent job Kat.
#30 | 1342 days ago

I have taken electronic technician training, so can repair computers, radios, tv's, etc.  I also worked for a mechanic in exchange for rent, so I can change an alternator, starter, brakes, fuel pump, water pump, etc.  I've assembled a few pieces of furniture, three dressers, a dining room set and a gas barbecue.  I also assembled my cousin's garden swing, using instructions only in French.  My dad and mom separated when I was 8 so I learned how to do a lot of repairs, assemblies, etc in order to help out around mom's house.  I also changed both the bathroom and kitchen taps (both sink and bathtub)

Who needs a man??
#31 | 1342 days ago

(Edited by maddhatter6691)
I do everything from refinishing antiques/wood working, plumbing, electrical, welding remodels or build from ground up
also do car repair /old truck restoration. My first project that I done was build a stand for my 80 gallon Aquarium, which cost about $30.00 and 4 hours time including staining, And looks a lot better than the one that I purchased for my 120 gallon Aquarium at P....... for $300.00 

But the first thing I do when somebody calls and wants help putting something together that they just bought is throw away the instructions
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#32 | 1342 days ago

necessity is the mother of invention.....  i have fixed my garage doorwhen it broke..hav faux finished my walls in my bedroom taught myself to lay tile,have refinished furniture,fixed toilets, sprinklers,refinished and painted kitchen cabinets,,used a grain comb they turned out so great!...have fixed leakey faucets,set up stereos and computers by myself. i have fixed my sprinkler programmer when it came un wired.....have done quite alot..im very proud that i can and have..there is a great sense of satisfaction when one completes those things!.. i even fixed my lawn mower when i tried to mow the edge bricks...
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#33 | 1342 days ago

(Edited by MartinTide)

Ok, well let me first start off with I am not good with car stuff, wood stuff, or anything that you would expect a guy should be able to do around a house or car.  I mean the little things like changing a light bulb, I’m your guy!  I’m a jock, but I also paint, write, and play music.  I know I’m an oddball really. 

Now after saying that, a few years ago I picked up a dresser from a yard sale, but the color was hideous to say the least.  I didn’t want to pay to get it redone so I got a sander and paint and did it myself.  It took me forever trying to do it around my 12 hour shift schedule, but after it dried and I put it in the room.  I felt great; it was the first time I did anything like that.  I went ahead and got into an urge to do it again.  So I bought a coffee table and did the same thing.  I bought an antique piano and my plan now is to when I get back to the U.S. to sand it down, repaint it, and then pay to have it retuned! 

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#34 | 1342 days ago

Agree with Lobotomy - learned how to change the brakes on a car about 10 years ago and I've saved thousands of dollars in the long run(I'm pretty hard on my cars).  I've also made money changing them for friends and neighbors as well.  However, my friends usually end up paying me by buying drinks @ the bar....alcohol = currency in my group of friends. 
#35 | 1342 days ago
18packabs (+)

I filled my Fridge last Friday Full of Beer, and by the end of the weekend I had the fridge all cleaned out....
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#36 | 1342 days ago

I did some MINOR renovations to my house while my wife was on a weekend womanns get-a-way with her friends. When she got home boy was she suprised.



Boy was I proud of myself.
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#37 | 1342 days ago

davonthedl wrote:
I did some MINOR renovations to my house while my wife was on a weekend womanns get-a-way with her friends. When she got home boy was she suprised.



Boy was I proud of myself.
That is funny, I hope she liked the Minor Renovations
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#38 | 1342 days ago

i tried hanging my curtain rod and curtains in my apartment the right way...you know, with all those shiny metal things and stuff. it just wasn't working, so i super glued them up. been up for two years with no problem.

i know how to fix a toilet that won't stop running.

i just learned how to sew a button the other day.

i have fixed a few electronic doo-dads - cell phones, keyboards, xbox controllers, etc - by making a whiny noise and shaking them frustratedly.
#39 | 1342 days ago

i mowed the lawn and still have 10 toes.
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#40 | 1342 days ago

WISAC1 wrote:
i mowed the lawn and still have 10 toes.
since you've mastered that, you should try XLM (extreme lawn maintenance) where duties such as mowing, edging, raking, blowing, etc are carried out while wearing swim fins.
#41 | 1342 days ago

ms_hippie_queen wrote:
since you've mastered that, you should try XLM (extreme lawn maintenance) where duties such as mowing, edging, raking, blowing, etc are carried out while wearing swim fins.
i only have 1 pair of fins. they are fur lined. i use them for the XWB (extreme winter bullsh*t)   snowplowing and shoveling.
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#42 | 1330 days ago

I built the desk for the desktop computer in what used to be my old bedroom while I was watching the Steelers/Ravens playoff game in Jan. 2002.  I also made a nice little wooden tower in construction class, must've been my junior year of high school, that is in my room next to my dresser and currently has old HS yearbooks, a Lego #6 Valvoline car, and a bunch of other sports memorabilia on it.
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#43 | 1272 days ago

(Edited by kobe_lova)
kobe_lova wrote:

I put everything together myself, I am awesome like that. I love doing it, most recently, all of my tables. The best project was my patio furniture and gazebo last year. My two homegirls had to help me actually put it up outside. We were great. Stupid boys thought I would just wait for them...Psssh, who needs 'em.
 

oh, i also painted (custom painted, not just paint every wall one color) all of the rooms in the house ALONE, and laid down the laminate wood flooring. Again, I'm pretty awesome.



Ignore the dying flowers, i neglected the hell out of them, but I did the rest.
#44 | 1272 days ago

 Ashlie, I bow to your excellence.

Most men I know couldn't do that...that's awesome. Nice set!
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#45 | 1272 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:


Ignore the dying flowers, i neglected the hell out of them, but I did the rest.
Jesus when was the last time you mowed the grass? That sh!t is tall!!
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#46 | 1272 days ago

(Edited by woody050681)

I wIll like to "no" her too

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#47 | 1272 days ago

woody050681 wrote:
Jesus when was the last time you mowed the grass? That sh!t is tall!!
...that's a palm tree, woody
#48 | 1272 days ago

I'm a big Croquet fan from Rats Anus, Nebraska
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#49 | 1272 days ago

(Edited by woody050681)
ms_hippie_queen wrote:
...that's a palm tree, woody
That's what a Palm Tree looks like?? I thought they would of looked a little more.......treeie
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#50 | 1272 days ago

Jess wrote:
 Ashlie, I bow to your excellence.

Most men I know couldn't do that...that's awesome. Nice set!
thanks!!

(sorry pic was huge, i couldn't see it at work.)
#51 | 1272 days ago

woody050681 wrote:
Jesus when was the last time you mowed the grass? That sh!t is tall!!
I don't mow grass.
#52 | 1272 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
I don't mow grass.
That's Cool!
#53 | 1272 days ago

Dream_Machine wrote:
That's Cool!

umm...hmmmm.. i'm not exactly sure what this is referring to. Can you be more specific, please? LOL


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