Hi everybody, I'm glad to find this forum. This is exactly what I was looking for My fiancee and I just bought our first home -- a Marina style two-level house built in 1928. It is a great house and everything is working inside, but some parts of it are dingy and will need some work. I'm a pretty technical guy (software engineer) and never have trouble understanding things, but this is my first house, so maintaining and improving a house is a new territory to me. I don't mind doing smaller jobs myself, but I don't want to (that is, don't have the time to) become an expert carpenter / plumber / electrician etc. I will have questions about best practices and advice about repairs and improvements, so I know what I get myself into, and also educate myself so I can plan the work and talk to contractors. Thanks to all the experts who are helping out on this site.