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Good morning and welcome to SMHRB, the dKos DIY group.

We meet here every Saturday morning, to share, chat, exchange ideas, and answer questions about taking care of our homes and property, thereby (hopefully) becoming more self-sufficient AND enjoying the satisfaction of knowing that we really can do it ourselves.

I'm CodeTalker (aka John), and I'm inviting all Kossaks to drop in, join in, or just lurk for a while. Hope you have a nice morning beverage and a comfortable chair; jump in anytime to ask a question, answer a question, or just post a comment, because that's what it's all about.

Ready? Follow me across the KosKurl - there's more!

From building things to maintaining them to fixing them when they break; from "fixin' stupid" to just plain doing it right the first time; we like to pass along what we've learned over the years, and hope you benefit from it, whatever you're interested in. Some of us are, or were, professionals in our fields; most of us are true do-it-yourself'ers, and all of us are pretty well-versed in the WHY and HOW of DIY, whether it applies to our hovels or homes, our palaces or properties, or even our cars, computers, carpets or crap - whatever it is, if you need to know something... just ask, and someone here can probably help you with it!

Among us are carpenters and plumbers and contractors and roofers and painters and welders and mechanics and farmers and well, you name it - one or more of us has probably got experience in that field. And that's what it's all about - we do this because we want to, we do it for the satisfaction, we do it for the experience, and we do it because we're just the sort of "I CAN" people who don't want to HAVE to have someone else do it for us!

Then too, this is also our chance to relax from politics for a few hours, doin' what we love to do, takin' a break from the madness, sharin' what we believe has lasting value - along with the attitude that we don't have to be at the mercy of others who just want to get paid for doing something, and STILL might not do the job right. Remember, even if you don't actually do it yourself, the understanding you have about why and how to do it will also help you make sure the job gets done correctly by a contractor AND help ensure your hard-earned money is well-spent!

But most of all, we do this because we have to; we care about others and what they have to deal with, and we'd hate to see someone get stuck - or worse, ripped off - with nowhere to turn for answers.

We're here to HELP.

I don't have a "regular" diary ready for today but this can serve as a shop-opener, right? (I "borrowed" it from a past diary of mine - thanks for the idea, exlrrp!)  So sit back, crank up your Rube-Goldberg inspired bicycle-based pedal-powered atomic-integrated keyboard/swizzle-stick/apple-pickin'/paint-mixin'/language-translatin' keyboard, crack your knuckles if you must, sip that nice hot cuppa, and let's get this show on the road...

Take it away, DIY'ers!

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