Is it me or is the door getting slammed on more threads quicker than ever? I have not been around long so my sample period is not a wide one.
I wish the moderators would let some of these silly posts run out a little while. Not because I am trying to pick up free DIY info but because I learn more from pros ripping into posters with misguided facts then I do from pros telling other pros “Brand X stinks, Brand Y kicks but” ect.
Separate issue…As for home owners wanting to do some of there own work, everyone should be more tolerant… (Read further before you fire off a reply…please…)
There are clearly different levels of DIY:
I mow my owe lawn and trim my own hedges, does that make me a DIY landscaper, and should I stop and call a pro?
I like to change the air filter and plugs on my car. Heck I even do the breaks and change out starters. I will not swap out a transmission or rear ends because I do not have the proper tools and I do not have the experience to tackle that type of job. In those cases I take the car to the shop (or have them pick it up-ugh)
Now as for HVAC, I change my own indoor filter. I hose down my outdoor unit once a month (weather permitting). If I am in the basement and feel what seems to be a draft coming from an old seam in the duct, I tape it. If the black foam cover that keeps the cool line from the compressor to the coil insolated looks like it might be getting loose I tape it down. I do not mess with the wiring to the unit (I like my hair slicked back not spiked). I do not mess with the R-22 in the lines or unit (I know it is poison to my lungs and to the environment). I will not open my compressor unit (fan meet hands, no thanks…)
You get the point, DIY is not black and white it has a large span. With common sense (something that is lacking more and more in the USA) and some elbow grease one can get a lot done without risking ones body or equipment. I am not saying let people post step by step DIY instructions for all to read (hello lawsuit) but when a DIY starts with “can I do XYZ and save myself some money” Rather than closing the thread and screaming “read the rules” explain to the person that the posed question is dangerous to the person or equipment. Even more fun, tell them why the question has zero common sense and why they are being foolish. It gets funny...very funny...
I truly do believe more information helps all of us. I also think more people will see that pro’s save $, time and maybe even a life or two if they know what risks are really out there.
I think it is unfair to lump all DIY into one bag and toss it to the side. I have read the rules. I think the rules need expansion.