Tales of the Kiwi DIY Investor

Tales of the Kiwi DIY Investor
Legend or Myth I love the Mitre 10 Advertisement with the children in the playground discussing the “big project” on this weekend and the little boy is rounding up his friends to tackle the project.  The Aussie boy simply says “you must be joking mate” and wants no part of the mission, he has better things to do. The Legend that we are Kiwis and we can all DIY is just a myth these days.  Is it because we are time poor or is there another reason? Personally I believe it’s because in this day and age we don’t train to be practical hands-on workers as most of us used to.  A vast majority of us are professionals in careers that weren’t even thought of 10 years ago and to be honest we just don’t have the common sense and nous that we used to have when it comes to DIY. I come across examples of the great Kiwi DIY guy (and girl) all the time, usually having been fully armed with the DIY version on the AK47 assault rifle – the silicone gun. This little baby kills everything in its path, including leaking roofs, leaking windows and doors, holes in ceilings, concrete and sometimes even hot water cylinders. Closely following the AK47 is the 9mm Beretta hand pistol.  This lethal weapon, more commonly known as the hammer, is the second favourite of the property investor DIY enthusiast.  It is used for almost every application, including hammering in screws when the cordless drill goes flat, demolition of almost anything in sight, and for securing hundreds of nails into a...

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