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The National Guild of Moonlighting Technicians

An old fashioned way of helping communities and promoting the old fashioned values of quality and service among the local moonlighting technicians.

An ideal source of skills for any "Delegate It Yourself" project around the home.


Memo From The Desk of Cap'n Jack

Even though our legal relationship with our Guild members doesn't make us liable, it is the policy of this website to step in and honor the guarantees of Guild members if they fail to do so.

D.I.Y.

D.I.Y. Can mean Many Things in Home Repair and Remodeling.

"Do It Yourself"

Traditional / Old School

When projects are done entirely by the homeowner. This method may, or may not involve permits that list the homeowner as the "general contractor" and may, or may not reduce the coverage of a homeowner's insurance policy.

Delegate It Yourself

ALWAYS used by government officials and corporate CEOs to claim credit for "building" something.

Unless you really enjoy doing home projects, many are beyond the skill sets of most modern Americans. The problem is that most people delay projects until they have become unavoidable, complicated and expensive. Catch the problems early by doing annual physical check ups of your home (Or delegate that, too). You'll know what needs to be done, what should be done and figure out if your time is better spent doing, watching or relaxing and have someone else do it.

A Tale of a Nail That Caused a Roof to Fail


This actually happened to the mother of a member of our staff.


She had retired, living alone in her two story house. There was a dormer on the back of the house, but the only view of the dormer's shingles was from a ladder.

When the house was built, an apparently incompetent worker didn't care that the corner of a sheet of plywood barely touched a rafter that had a pronounced bow. So he toe nailed the corner.

Weakly "nailed" into place, normal expansion and contraction in the heat, the cold and the humidity worked that nail out of any holding position, leaving the corner to curl up in the heat, cold and humidity of following years. It eventually curled upward about four inches. and the layers were separating.

At some point during this curling, it raised the shingle above it enough to allow water under it, wetting the seams of that damaged plywood and the sheets adjacent to it.

It wasn't a lot of water, just enough to rot a couple of rafters and a ceiling joist, ruin some insulation and allow mildew to take hold. If it hadn't soaked through the insulation and ruined the ceiling in a bedroom below the leak, it could have gone unnoticed for a few years more. Or, the water might have found a slightly longer path along the joist and extended its damage to the outside wall.

Careful, annual exams of the attic would have caught the problem before the leak made it necessary to replace the dormer's roof and the bedroom's ceiling. By not inspecting, a minor repair was turned into a major project that cost over $20,000 to fix.


To avoid similar problems, Please consider starting annual inspections of your home.
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