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What WON'T you do yourself?

Okay, I just confessed in another post that I won't replace a thruhull myself.
I'll do pretty much anything else -- sketchy things are all below the waterline. I'm a huge believer in needing to be self-sufficient, but have to believe I'm not alone here, right? (please tell me I'm right).

For what maintenance or repair tasks do you bring in hired help?

BTW, what type of paint should I use on the inside of my holding tank?
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BTW, what type of paint should I use on the inside of my holding tank?
That question is a joke right?


What I don't do:

AwlGrip or top sides paint work
Stepping / un-stepping the mast
Compass calibration
Engine work that would require a machine shop
Sail making
50% of my canvas making
Interior cushions

Everything else I do on my own..
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There are a lot of specialized things that I won't do myself, either because they require expensive specialized equipment and/or specialized training or certification: cold-forming the heads on rod rigging, overhauling the guts of my hydraulic system, welding new fabrications, swaging wire rigging terminals such as on lifelines, craning my boat out of the water, spray-painting highly toxic linear polyurethane paints, etc....
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I can't sew worth crap and I'm still a bit iffy on glass work. Not sure I have the patience for compass calibration. No paintwork that involves spraying.
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Analogize to surgeons. Those who do it every couple of days are more skilled, efficient, and cost-effective (since they, unlike us, have the skills and materials already on hand) than those of us who only do it once or twice in 20 years..
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I would like to say I never do glass work. I more than likely will have to do it again, but I really would rather not.
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That question is a joke right?
So Awlgrip would be overkill?
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anything that degrades the safety of my vessel or it's crew if I do it wrong, of which I am not absolutely certain in it's performance

anything that a trained professional can do once at a cost, and that cost will be less than me doing it three times screwed up (awlgrip comes to mind).

anything that takes tools I don't have and don't want to purchase or rent
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Also, some things that I don't feel confident of doing the first time, I will pay to have done, while I watch and learn.
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I would not replace the engine. I would hire someone to do that.
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