DIY with girlfriend, wife, partner?

You ever try to do projects with your significant other? How did it go?

Doing a painting project and let her to put up the masking tape while I pick up the flooring.

Come back and all of the edges don't line up. Trying to avoid pic related. Tell her she didn't do a good job and we need to fix it. Rest of the day rolling her eyes with attitude. Painting for 4-5ish hrs straight. Playing sad girl songs the whole time.

Is it even worth it bros?

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  1. 1 month ago

    Depends on the task, assembling furniture or a third hand when soldering, yeah.
    Painting nah, she's way better at it than me.
    Pick your tasks and clearly plan together, accept each other's limitations and work to your strengths. If that's too much for a significant other, don't try DIY together.
    If you can't DIY together, you might need to let them have projects and learn to live with the bad paint job etc. it's their home too.

  2. 1 month ago

    The only thing I can remember her doing with me involved her holding the end of a chalk line or a spirit level.

  3. 1 month ago

    I made the wife and her sister paint this house because painting is simple and I had other real jobs to do before moving in. Of course I had to clean up some drips but they did good enough and I hate painting. Took an hour to explain how to do it and it was fine.

    Mostly women are annoying, but the wife will bring me a cold beverage while I’m wrenching and she knows what a 10mm shallow socket looks like. And good for a BJ when the job is finished.

  4. 1 month ago

    Finishing projects she started and left for 6 months, like b***h I'm sick of not having cabinet doors.

    Also sucks as a helper, wanders off after 60 seconds if I don't ask for something.

  5. 1 month ago

    no I've had similar experiences to yours and deemed it not worth it lol. closest thing is my wife picks out where to hang shit and I mount it to the wall etc.

  6. 1 month ago

    Had my wife help me shovel dirt and mix and pour concrete today... She catches on to most tasks rather quickly. She stood up.and cut the tops of the quickcrete bags so i could dump them in the mixer and then once I got 3 bags worth mixed up good I would dump it into the loader bucket and she would level it off with a shovel so i could continue dumping more i the same spot. She also collected the empty bags and burned them in the trash barrel so they wouldnt pile up. Mixed 27 bags in good time with her helping. Then she shoveled the concrete into place while i troweled it.

  7. 1 month ago

    We built a solid wood bedframe together. No glue, no fasteners. all joinery, no power tools. It's lasted us some years, and a couple of kids so far.

  8. 1 month ago

    you some kind of woke homo?
    The only thing my gf is allowed to paint my wiener with saliva

    • 1 month ago

      so your wiener is still bare skin, huh?

  9. 1 month ago

    My wife and I work really well together. we live a homestead lifestyle. animal husbandry, gardening, construction, and infrastructure.

    she understands the concepts and gets down in it. concrete, digging, Framing, Machinery, gutting, processing, butchering, planting, curing, painting, roofing, stacking wood, and 100% of our vetenary care.

    that's not to say we don't occasionally get frustrated. we do, but it's mild and we get past it. we have to work together. it's how we live.

    • 1 month ago

      what is that creature in the first row second down?

      • 1 month ago

        A pig?

        Specifically, an American Guinea Hog.

        • 1 month ago

          You don't get them here

      • 1 month ago

        >what is that creature in the first row second down?
        I would expect the guys on 4 chan to no know what the creature is in the first row third down, but come on man... Everyone knows what a pig looks like!

      • 1 month ago

        >first row second down?
        if you speak english you are a total moron.

  10. 1 month ago

    A couple times she really wanted to do some stuff by herself to help out, but she's not very handy and I didn't trust her to do a good job. She would've been upset if I prevented her from trying though.
    So I let her attempt a cabinet paint job, she fricked it up. Another time she was "helping" me with a kitchen reno there was just too much friction and disagreement. Now I don't let her do reno work at all and we're happier that way and she appreciates the work I do.

    She helps in other ways like watching the kids, holding a tape, getting me a drink, making dinner, doing laundry, whatever normal wife stuff.

  11. 1 month ago

    Are you the guy from the other thread who doesnt believe in primer?

  12. 1 month ago

    She paints because I have bad vision so when I paint it tends to be patchier because I don’t always look closely at my work when I’m painting a whole ass room
    I do saws, drills, routers, etc because she cannot handle using these tools in ways that are reliable and repeatable. If you just want a hole drilled in something then she is helpful I guess. But if you want it drilled in a specific spot then you are gonna have a bad time. Similarly if you want 8 boards cut to the same length she will cut them all to approximately but not exactly the same length. I won’t be 100% exact either but my variance is like 1/16” and hers is like 1/3”

    • 1 month ago

      >Using tape
      >Hey guys that board is one third of an inch short

  13. 1 month ago

    Real painters don't use tape. If you'd showed her how to cut in right she could've had a lot of the painting already done before you got home and started on her. You're sabotaging the job and your relationship at the same time, genius.

  14. 1 month ago

    Only one edge of the tape matters anyway. She's probably never applied it before and we don't know how well you explained it. Work with the newbie for 15 minutes at least to make sure he's doing it right before leaving.

    Basic b***h constriction story except she's your wife so you didn't rip on her for the rest of the day

  15. 1 month ago

    Contractor gay reporting in.
    I'm 30, and, through trial and error, hiring friends and such, I have found more women around the 20-30 age bracket that got the gung ho attitude and ambition needed to learn to build. It's worth it, hiring women I mean. The men are estrogenized and the women got something to prove. It seems.
    Though a significant other???
    She's gonna be more concerned with retaining "control" in the relationship than three final end product.
    It's gonna be about how you aren't being a good boy and"respecting" her input and work, code for accepting her perspective, and doing what she wants, as she has the golden vegana. And that's bad for the work. I don't recommend it.

    Also, painters tape????
    If you're using tape to paint, it means you need to learn to cut a line. A real painter does not use tape.

    Paint the trim first and slather that shit up the wall, and cut against the floor on your side of your body.
    Then paint the wall and cut against the trim.
    Don't try to cut on that profile on top of the base board.
    A skilled painter will just have a cup of paint and his favorite brush and simply put the paint where it needs to go.
    Anything else is a result of a skill issue.
    Tape and little edger gadgets and shields are gimmicks. Git gud with your brush. It can do everything.

    • 1 month ago

      >A real painter does not use tape.
      Not him but we're not really "real painters" now are we...
      And my hands shake; I don't want ceiling paint on my walls, and I don't want wall paint on my baseboards.

      • 1 month ago

        Betting hers don't shake that bad, but you wouldn't want to let her get anything done for real, because then you'd look like a moron, huh?

  16. 1 month ago

    that's on you

    it was a moment in which you had a choice and you took the wrong one.
    instead of telling her she "did it wrong" you should have corrected the mistake by specifying the task better.
    "hey baby girl, sugar plum, sweety,, can you make sure the tape touches this edge the whole way along...."

    my wife is moronic though, so I just tell her that I'll do it all for her so she doesn't have to do anything.

  17. 1 month ago

    Had the same experience almost exactly with painting a room and she was hurt that I redid all her taping. Thing is she didn't have experience and the only way to get experience is to practice. I've just painted rooms myself since then and let her do other things, but if I really wanted a helper I know all it takes is time to train her up. People naturally love learning, but it takes time and if you don't have the time it's not gonna be fun for her because she knows she's just slowing you down.

    Good luck and treat your girlfriend nice.

  18. 1 month ago

    Absofrickingloutely not. She has pretty decent taste in picking out materials and colors, so she usually does that part and I just do the work. Sometimes she offers to help and then we both laugh and I get back to work.

  19. 1 month ago

    Wife does the rolling. I do the cutting in. Works out fine.
    Also, taping is a waste of time. Get a good brush and know how to use it. By the time you tape everything, you could have edged half the room.

  20. 1 month ago

    >he didn't cut the trim with a brush
    PrepHole is about earning a skill. You deserve this.

  21. 1 month ago

    No, women are shit in most jobs

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