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Rise in DIY projects in a tough economy

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - These tough economic times are driving more people to tackle do-it-yourself projects around the house and the yard. But those projects take time and hard work.

When it comes to saving money, do it yourself projects can pay off. But saving money takes time and patience.

These days nothing is cooking in William Sprague's kitchen, unless by cooking you mean remodeling.

"We spruced up the place. Did a lot of detail work," said Sprague.

He moved in last April. Since then he's remodeled the place from bottom to top.

"Painting trim and doors, installed carpeting. I did wall repair," said Sprague.

He says doing most of the work himself takes time, but saves him money.

"When you hire someone else to do the work in your home you're not 100% sure the kind of quality you gonna get," said Sprague.

But Sprague isn't alone, many people are turning to do it yourself projects when money's tight.

"And bigger projects. We used to see 1 or 2 gallons of repaints instead we're seeing people going ahead and finishing out basement projects," said Greg Harwick, manager at Sherwin Williams.

Managers at Sherwin Williams say people are asking more how-to questions in hopes to save money.

"I would say they're saving at least 50-75% on the project. Because labor is generally double of what the materials are at least," said Harwick.

But saving money comes with another price.

"I found out that it pays off. You need to be patient, when you're patient you execute. But you can't be afraid to just jump in," said Sprague.

Jump in to a project - that can turn a house into a home.

Sprague says there is a satisfaction in doing a project yourself. With that satisfaction comes a sense of pride. And people figure if they can't sell their house, they'll fix it up.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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