My husband is quite the handy man, and loves to do work around the house. It is one of my favorite things about him because we almost never need to hire outside help to get anything taken care of, except for really big jobs such as if something were wrong with the roof. That is the sort of job that would make me really nervous that he would be wandering around on the roof all day trying to fix a leak, but luckily, we have not had any major issues since buying this house.
My husband keeps most of his power tools and equipment in a shed in the backyard to keep the kids and pets out of his space and away from anything they might hurt themselves with, since there is a garage door between our house and the garage. It has a doggy door in it so the dogs can spend time in there if they are too hot or too cold in the house. Recently we have decided that it makes less sense to have our garage set up this way, and that we probably should seal off the doggy door and put the garage door on a remote, so that when either of us drives up we can pull in without having to get out of the car or check for the dogs first.
While we agreed on this idea in principle, we still disagreed on the execution of the plan. My husband wanted to do the work himself, which is not surprising to me, but I strongly felt like a professional should come in and do the work since it involved electrical wiring and large pieces of equipment I did not think my husband could hold up on his own. We fought about this for a while, and in fact, it was one of the bigger disagreements of our marriage so far. In the end, I won out but only by promising him that he could do the maintenance as it needed it, and he would do the next big household project we wanted to take on. We called in the garage door installation professionals in our area not longer after we settled on that arrangement.
I was really glad we made that call when I saw how much work they had to do. It took several guys to handle the garage doors themselves, and an electrician to properly wire the cables through the walls. This certainly was an argument that was not great for my marriage, but I was glad to have stuck to my convictions on this one because I was pretty sure it was better for my husband to not be doing this kind of work on his own. I know he will be anxious to check it out and do more projects on the house after this, but I feel relieved that he did not attempt this one after all. Safety is my main priority, especially since it is not his!