Around here, we lean heavily towards DIY, as opposed to hiring an expert. Mostly this means saving a lot of money. Mostly it also means that repairs take a longer time. But then, skills and knowledge are gained, so that’s a plus. And there’s the couples bonding that comes with crouching uncomfortably in tight spaces, breathing decades-old dust, barking knuckles, lifting heavy things, and solving problems.
All’s well that end’s well. We have hot water in the kitchen again!