Editor's note: Barry Courter has a 25-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 20-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.
Q: Dad, what are your thoughts on home do-it-yourself projects?
A: Ah, a topic with which I am very familiar. I think I have done them all: auto repair, plumbing, electrical, painting, drywall and appliance repair. My best advice is to make enough money so you can pay someone else to do it. My next advice is to buy the best product you can on the front end. If you must do the repairs yourself, study the process before you take anything apart, and make sure the parts store is open while you are working. Never start a plumbing job on a Sunday morning, for example, unless you are certain you have the parts on hand.
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...