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A DIY Project That Took 24 Years

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Our hearts go out to the Canadian home owner who’s been ordered to wrap up his renovation project that’s been under way for 24 years.

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We feel bad for the Winnipeg man who has been working on the same renovations for 24 years, and finally is being told by the city to wrap it up.

To put this in perspective, this guy has been trying finish an exterior remodeling project since 1988 — back when a gallon of gas cost 91 cents; a movie ticket cost $3.50; and the anti-depressant Prozac first came onto the market.


Frankly, we’re surprised the man’s family didn’t pull the plug on his DIY project long ago. But they may not have thought nearly a quarter century was too long to spend on fix-ups.

That’s where we can help. Here are 5 ways to know if your DIY project has gone on way too long.

  • If you walked your daughter to kindergarten when the project started, and now she’s walking her daughter to preschool.
  • If you climb the ladder and forget what you were supposed to nail up or pull down.
  • If your wide ties are in style again.
  • If you’re now the grandparent who’s going to live in the in-law suite.

What DIY project have you done that took more time than you anticipated?

lisa-kaplan-gordon Lisa Kaplan Gordon

is an avid gardener, a member of the Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, and a builder of luxury homes in McLean, Va. She’s been a Homes editor for Gannett News Service and has reviewed home improvement products for AOL. Follow Lisa on Google+.

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