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Thread: Building ____________ with DH

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    Super Member orangeroom's Avatar
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    Today I'm assisting DH with building nesting boxes. What have you helped your DH do? Do you find it interesting or as fun as I do?

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    We built a privacy fence together. Once I got him to listen to me all went well. Some times men do things the hard way. You should work smarter not harder. DUH!!!

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    twenty years ago when we moved to Colorado i helped my hubby build a metal shed in the back yard. my poor hands were red and cold!! not all that fun.

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    i don't have a DH, so i do it all myself. i have more tools than most men i know :)

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    As a farm wife I did more work with my DH than I care to really think about. He's a good man but got terribly bossy when we worked together. Some days I'd just walk away and go in the house, lol! Boy, that did more to put him in his place than anything else I could have done in the heat of the moment. I could always get more done and do it faster when my daughter and I did the work on our own. I think women are just better planners and tend to think things through better before they start a project. My daughter and I even tended to be able to read each others minds when things went astray with out actually speaking to each other. If things went astray while working with DH he'd blow a gasket if I tried to think for myself. Ha Ha! Men and women just don't think the same or take the same approach to things. Just so you know my DH is otherwise the calmest, kindest sort of man and so enjoyable to be around.

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    My DH and I have also built nestboxes, but this last week and weekend, and next week.....we are putting on a roof! He is one of those who thinks we should do EVERYTHING ourselves! The wonderful problem is that our house is fairly large. We bought it in a foreclosure for the property more than the house.

    Oh yes, I have also helped plumb, build fence, repair the car, and my least favorite, besides roofing was putting in the ductwork for central heat/air. Gotta love em!

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    We have been laying outdoor carpet on the screened porch. That is quite a project for 2 70+ year olds. We got most of it done. DS will finish it next weekend.

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    My husband always does things the hard way. I am basically lazy and look for simple ways for projects. I am very right brained and he is left brained. How did we make it 15 years together, I will never know.

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    For years we have worked together on any project either of us starts. If i need another hand I know who to call, if he needs that extra hand he calls me. The only time I refused to help was putting the new roof on the Shop I shake so bad when on the edge up high the whole building would have fallen down! LOL His 3 good buddies came over to help about the same time our Son-in-law and 2 of his friends showed up The 3 younger ones got up there (the peak is close to 30 feet up) and the 4 older ones (60+) stayed on the ground supervised and handed up supplies. That was a long day but they got it all on in one day the building is 35x60.

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    It is way to dangerest to work with my DH, a skill saw in his hands is an oxey moron. If I need to build something I just build it, or hire it done.

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    My DH isn't a handyman, so I can't "help" him build something tangible, but together we build a home, a life, a happy marriage. I couldn't do it without him! :-)

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    I called DH down to my room today for a consultation on how to make it a better sewing area. He looked around and told me he'd put some design together. He's pretty good about helping me when I ask and vice versa. We make a good team.

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    MY DH and me don't work well together. Many years ago I decided it was not worth the bad feelings working together - NOW he gets someone else to help him.

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    Not my DH but my DBF and I have been together over 10 yrs and that's longer than BOTH of our marriages were! Anyway, we make ravioli together. This summer I even helped him plant his garden and now I help him eat it! He helps me when I need help folding or laying out a quilt or want an opinion on a color or fabric.

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    My DH is self-employed as a carpenter. If I have to help him with something {{{{shiver}}}} I know he is going to complain about what I'm doing and I am going to tell him he isn't paying me 20.00 an hour like he pays his guys and he is getting what he paid for. We don't work well together. At. All.

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    My ex felt I should always help him with every thing. Which I did for several years. His comments was "You need to know how to do this, in case something happens to me." He would say, I'm getting hungry, fix us something to eat. Which I did. Then, when i was cleaning up, he would say, leave that, I'll help when we get finished with whatever project we were working on. He never did. However, after about twenty years, I decided he had taught me enough, I left him. Could work on car, build storage building, repair lawnmowers, and so on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose L
    As a farm wife I did more work with my DH than I care to really think about. He's a good man but got terribly bossy when we worked together. Some days I'd just walk away and go in the house, lol! Boy, that did more to put him in his place than anything else I could have done in the heat of the moment. I could always get more done and do it faster when my daughter and I did the work on our own. I think women are just better planners and tend to think things through better before they start a project. My daughter and I even tended to be able to read each others minds when things went astray with out actually speaking to each other. If things went astray while working with DH he'd blow a gasket if I tried to think for myself. Ha Ha! Men and women just don't think the same or take the same approach to things. Just so you know my DH is otherwise the calmest, kindest sort of man and so enjoyable to be around.
    My DH never wanted me to help with anything which was fine. I have a friend who is a pastor's wife and he was building an outdoor shed/greenhouse and had problems...called his wife out to read directions since she knew how to sew and read directions !!!! Nuff said !

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    My DH and I did a lot of projects on our house when we first bought it...9 years ago. Since then we haven't done major projects, just maintenance stuff.

    I learned early on that it's best for me to let him work alone until he ASKS me to help...otherwise, I just feel in the way!! :-)

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    My Famer DH always wanted me to read his mind while sorting hogs. Farmers and their wives probably spend more working hours toghether than any couple I know. We done everything from hanging wallpaper, neutering hogs to shoveling manure..Makes for interesting times.

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    I will never attempt to build anything with my husband ever again.

    I like being married to him too much!!

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    We've helped each other with many projects. My only complaint - he thinks I should stop everything and come help the instant he asks for it. However, if I ask for help, it's always "just a minute". (And that minute can be a l.o.n.g. time.

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    Seeing as I live alone and have my hens, I saved a lot of money, time and energy not having to argue with anyone by buying covered kitty litter boxes and mounting them on shelves in the hen house! They're happy, I'm happy!

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    I've helped him do all kinds of household and auto repair. I usually do not do anything to HIS satisfaction so he only asks for help when it absolutly requires two people! That's fine with me. Likewise, I try to do things myself b/c he changes my game-plan if I ask him for help! (We have been married 28 years.)

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    My DH and I are like gasoline and a lighted match if we try to do something together, so we keep out of each other's way. I can help him carry something heavy, and he helps me load tables and boxes in the back of the truck when I'm doing a sale, but as far as working on a project together - forget it! It works for us, we've been married nearly 35 years!

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    I help my husband by staying out of his way until he asks for help...We are SO opposite of opinion that after 36 years - we dance well together by respecting some of these kinds of things. :!: :-)

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