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Those uh-oh moments
Every do-it-yourselfer has limits, shining on one job, struggling with another. For some, climbing a ladder to clean the gutters is fine, but a few steps farther onto the roof to fix shingles is too far. No one do-or-don't guideline fits all. But there is a common denominator: the "uh-oh" factor. Fire up the chain saw for that 15-foot sapling, no problem. But at some point — 30 feet, 60 feet — you start wondering how and where it might fall. Those doubts are your common sense telling you this may not be a DIY job after all.
By Mike McClintock, Special to Tribune Newspapers
December 6, 2013