I like learning new DIY skills through various home improvement projects.
It gives me both a source and excuse for practicing things like wood working, electrical wiring, and basic plumbing.
I built a large awning for our back porch last year and my wife has been making positive comments about it ever since. When that project was complete, I then built a wooden fence to wrap the entirety of our backyard. While my brother was enthusiastic about helping me put a new roof on the house this summer when the weather is pleasant, I told him that I’d feel more comfortable getting a professional roofing company for a job like that. I’m happy to learn as much as possible so I can do whatever job—within reason—without needing professional help. At the same time, I have my limits like anyone else. But I told him that I’d be happy to use his help on a different project altogether. I wanted a new concrete patio for the front of my house to replace the old one here that is broken and falling apart. I asked a concrete specialist and he told me that its state is due to a lack of rebar wire as structural support. I had no idea that rebar tie wire was so important for concrete structural stability. I learned that any concrete thicker than five inches should have rebar inside to prevent cracking. If any cracks form, a product like black annealed rebar tie wire will stop the cracks from spreading and worsening with time. Both black annealed and stainless steel rebar tie wire are corrosion resistant.