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09 April 2018

H Is For "Hágalo Usted Mismo" {DIY} | A To Z Challenge


In my ongoing efforts to learn Spanish, I'm highlighting a Spanish word each day during April as part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I'm also sharing the random thoughts that pop into my head when I try to pronounce them.

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Today's Spanish word (or really a phrase) is >>hagalo usted mismo<< (do-it-yourself). And now for today's random thoughts.

1 - If you're going to own a sailboat, being able to do boat projects yourself is essential. Unless, of course, you have a lot of money and can hire folks to do the work for you.

2 - Scott is really good at DIY projects. I'm not sure he enjoys all of them (as measured by the amount of swearing that goes on), but he's clever and has that sort of engineering mindset that can figure stuff out.

3 - I do some projects myself, but I'm often more of an assistant DIY-in-training type.

4 - Here are some pictures of some of the projects we've done - replacing the portlights, servicing the winches, dealing with the steering system, and installing a new controller for our solar panels.



Are you the DIY type? What's your favorite word that starts with "H"?

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42 comments:

  1. My father was a carpenter and very good with DIY projects. If it's mechanical though, I won't even try.

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    1. I bet he built some really nice stuff for your house. Great skill to have.

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  2. I’ll never forget the time steering stuck to the left on my fathers boat. Comical now but he was so mad back then lol
    http://katytrailcreations.com

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    1. Oh, I bet that was a really stressful situation!

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  3. I can mess up anything I attempt to fix. Definitely not the DIY type!

    Dena
    https://denapawling.blogspot.com/

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    1. Sometimes it's easier and better to leave projects to the experts.

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  4. Okay, this is silly but I cracked myself up: it seems this phrase is useless to learn because if you're DIY-ing, you don't need to speak the Spanish for it. ~giggle~ I'm a goof ball. And, like Dena, NOT the sort to fix things myself unless I want the job done wrong. Heh... Happy Blogging!

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    1. Oh, you are so right! I never thought about that before :-)

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  5. My hubby is very handy. He's fixed our dryer and fridge just from researching it online!

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  6. I'm actually the BIY type (break it yourself) which makes the fact that David can fix just about anything really handy (you should see the poor guy's face if I ever try to fix something on my own -- his eyes get as big as saucers).

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    1. BIY - that's brilliant! I still love that picture you had of David the other day on FB staring at some broken piece of equipment.

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  7. I'd like to be a DIY type. I can do it for arty-type things, but my husband doesn't let me for things around the house in case my slap-dash style ruins things!! :(

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  8. We aren't much for do it yourself here. We have a great mechanic for our boats and he does all the work. It's far cheaper to let him do stuff then to have us mess things up where it costs twice as much to fix. We are terrible.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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    1. Finding a great mechanic can be hard - you guys are lucky to have someone good you can trust with your boat.

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  9. I love DIY! And yes that's me in the family. My hubby hates it, and his swearing is enough to cause a divorce, so I don't even ask for his help. :)

    Thank you for visiting and commenting on the WEP A to Z Blog Contribution - GENRE!

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    1. You're welcome to visit anytime and do some DIY projects on our boat ;-)

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  10. This is quite a useful phrase for someone like you. You might have to learn it in a few other languages, too. I always try for "Where's the toilet?" in as many languages as I can.

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    1. Yes, "where's the toilet?" is the most essential phrase.

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  11. My dad also learnt Spanish, that too after retirement. He would have followed your posts ardently!

    www.volatilespirits.com

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  12. I'm often excited at the prospect of a DIY project, then lose faith about twenty minutes in. I can change light bulbs well enough, and am a pro at figuring out which smoke detector is beeping for a new battery. Also, I like to make the project harder-like rather than buy a hedge trimmer, I prefer to wack away with hand clippers for half the day. Yeah, I've got skills.

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    1. Being able to change light bulbs is a very valuable skill :-)

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  13. Some things i will do myself, but please don't let my Sweetie help!

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    1. Sometimes too many cooks can spoil the broth :-)

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  14. I'm usually happy to have a go at DIY but get frustrated if it's something that require brute strength. Hubby is useless at DIY and would rather hire someone than attempt things himself - he knows from past experience, they usually go wrong lol

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    1. Sometimes it makes more sense and is less expensive in the long run to hire a pro.

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  15. I suppose I am something of a "do-it-yourselfer"... Though my wife and I currently rent a condo where condo fees cover most of the stuff I would be doing myself in a house. I did build our TV shelving unit, and a two story log cabin to house my nieces' Barbies...

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  16. Here is my least favorite Spanish word when sailing - Hundir (to sink). Hundir es muy malo.

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  17. I love do-it-yourself projects although we have a bit of swearing around here too when we're in the middle of them. Weekends In Maine

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    1. Swearing does seem to go hand-in-hand with DIY projects.

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  18. Never been good at DIY sothat means: hombre hábil

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  19. Was left out when the DIY genes were handed out, but thank goodness there are people in my life, who go lucky.

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    1. Maybe that's where I go wrong - I don't have the DIY gene :-)

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