To kick off my grand Home Improvement blogging career I’d like to introduce myself. My name’s Steve Jackson and I’m not Evil, nor particularly Good. I live a smidge (in terms of light years) to the west of Greebo, in Houston, TX. I’m a first-time homeowner and my wife and I like to invent projects for me to do.
In terms of my DIY skills I’d say I’m in the Conscious Incompetence stage. I know I’m not great at it and I have a long way to go. I spent many summers as a kid working in my grandpa’s woodshop, following around my master electrician/engineer/all-world-handyman dad, or doing random construction crew work. I’ve dabbled at everything except plumbing, and I’d say I’m an expert at holding. Holding the flashlight, holding the dumb end of the tape measure, and holding heavy things above my head while someone digs in a toolbox. I’m enthusiastic about Home Improvement StackExchange and this blog – it gives me yet another avenue to humble myself and learn more. There are two things in life I love and am barely passable at – home improvement projects and basketball. I’ll try to spare you the details of my jump shot.
I see myself as primarily a consumer of this blog, but when I do have content I hope to bring you some narrowly avoided mistakes and hopefully some accomplishments! It seems whenever I start a project it takes longer than I thought and doesn’t quite follow the script. I had the opportunity to pick up many of the basics, but I didn’t follow through to learn what to do when things go wrong. Funny how things never seem to go wrong when you’re watching an expert at work… I plan on doing plenty of things that can be corrected – I hope you’ll join the dialog and help me out.
I’ll kick things off soon with the many ways a simple drywall patch can go wrong, and how one DIY project always seems to cause another.