Introducing the CHW Project Rating Scale

Almost daily, nay, minutely, I’m asked how do I do what I do with Chez CHW. Where did I learn my home improvement skillz? Did I go to some special ladies clinic at Home Depot on a Saturday? Did I have a handy husband/boyfriend/father/brother who taught me how to do this? Did I have some kind of super power? No. No. And, well… uh no.

Truth is, I really don’t know how I know how to do all that I do at CHW. If I had to guess it’s a combination of being cheap and fearless. Mostly cheap. And impatient. I don’t want to have to pay someone to do work I can do myself. And I don’t want to wait for said someone to show up to do the work. Yes, I’d rather make 14 trips to HD or Lowe’s instead of waiting til Thursday between 2-6 p.m. for the handyman to show up. Yes, it does take less time. And I need to get out of the house  more often anyway.

But I do realize that I have a special skill, this being cheap and fearless. And I’ve been told it’s my duty to share the vast depths of fearlesscheapness knowledge I have with all womankind. Or at least the women who are trying to summon the courage to do their own fix her uppers. (you can do it girl!)

Thus the CHW Difficulty Rating, which will adorn all my project posts from now on. I’m basing the scale on something all women will identify with: shoes. (Fellas, you can imagine it’s a rating scale based on fish sizes, or motorcycle engines, or laser guns.) With shoes as we ladies know, some are easy to wear—like ballet flats. Some take more work—like a 5″ stiletto. But both have their time and place in our wardrobes, right?

The scale, or Legend of the Shoe, as expounded upon by yours truly:

5” = A Pro
Imagine Julia Robert’s character in Pretty Woman. It will look great when it’s all dolled up, but it took a lot of work to get there. Be like Richard Gere and call in a pro for this one.
4” = Call a Friend
Four hands are always better than one, especially when dealing with heavy objects. And moving.
3” = the Weekender
Block out some time and get a pizza. This is going to take a while.
2” = the Mani Eater
While it’s not hard, it could get messy. Be prepared to get a new manicure after this project.
Flat = Sunday Morning
As in it’s so easy, it’s easy like Sunday morning, yo.

Last weekend I worked on two very easy projects that would fall in the “flat” part of the scale. I completed both of them in less than a day and I even stopped for lunch. I’ll get into those in my next post.


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  1. This sounds like just what I need. I am looking forward to the future with you. AND why, oh why, would you ever need to call a pro??? I called a plumber, then wondered why I did not try it myself.

  2. Rose – there are some projects, like re-roofing your house, that require a pro. Plumbing has gotten the best of me over the years but usually they can be taken care of with just a few trips to Home Depot. I always try it myself first, then call in a pro if I can’t do it. You can do it next time!


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