(Our friend Jerod is a runner, and he loves drinking coffee． Here, Wenjie talks with him about some of the DIY projects he had done in his home. )
Wen-Jie: Welcome to "A Day in the Life"! Today my guest is Jerod. Glad to have you back for the show. I heard that you are doing a lot of work at your home. So have you always been a handyman?是否向来都很善于用手做零工修补家里呢？
Jerod: No. I haven't always been a handyman. My wife and I bought a house that is a little bit of a fixer-upper. It's older, and it needed some work. 我和妻子买了个需要整修的旧住宅. To do that, since we don't have the money to hire people do it, so my father-in-law has come and help and taught me a lot of what to do. So now I am kind of a handyman, but I definitely did not start out that way. 我的岳父前来帮助也教我怎么做修补的工作
W: So you are doing a lot of work at home already, right? Tell us what kind of project have you taken on?你从事了那些整修的工作呢？
J: We have done a lot of stuff. The biggest projects we have done are bathroom remodels. 最大的工程，是浴室重新装修 We are on our third bathroom that we are redoing in the house, and it's quite the project, because most of them we have taken the walls and everything down to just the wood studs. 必须把旧墙板全拆下 So it's really working from scratch.从头做起 We put in new plumbing, new sewer lines, new showers, new bathtubs, new tile, new floor.放入了新水管道，新沐浴头，浴缸，瓷砖，地板 Everything in it has to be new. So it's been quite a lot of work. 很大的装修工作
W: You must have spent hours in the bathroom working! 要在浴室长时间工作。
J: Yea. It has been almost every weekend since we have lived there, and we have lived there about five years. 住哪儿五年来，几乎每周末作We have done most of it in the winter time. In the summer we take a break, so we can enjoy the weather. 最主要是冬天时 In the winter it has been almost every weekend that there is work in the bathroom. So it's been quite the process.
W: I'm trying to imagine: you have to go to the store to choose a lot of stuff, different materials in order to do this project, right? 你必须到店里选材料对吧？
J: Yea.对 There are a lot of different things you get to choose. Some of it is very boring, especially when you are buying pipes, wood, and dry walls. 做那些水管，木头，墙板都蛮无聊的。Interesting enough to some of your listeners, most of the stuff that I'm using in my house is coming from China. These materials are all very basic to buy. 所买的基本材料都是在中国制造的 Then my wife has a really good eye for the stuff on the outside of the walls that people see, like paint color and tiles, sinks and faucets. She does a lot of picking out that sort of stuff. 我妻子则选择外在装饰的油漆颜色，瓷砖，水龙头等 That's the more fun part, because that's the part people sees. (You two work well together right?) Yes.
W: So can I say that your bathroom is almost made in China?
J: (Laughs) Made in China, assembled in the United States! 我的浴室是在中国制造，但在美国合成的产品
W: It's a long process. What are some of your frustrations or achievements that you can say?这长过程中，你有怎样的挫折和成就感？
J: The biggest frustration is when you are working in the house that is already built, and you are trying to do something, and you realize, "Oh this is going to be really hard" because something is in the way. 最大挫折是，房子已经建好，当装修时发现有东西挡道了You will cut open the floors to do some pipes, and you go, "Oh my goodness there is already stuff there. How am I going to move this around so it works?"装水管时想，要怎样绕道做这个工作呢？So those kinds of frustrations really can drag you down. The part I do enjoy is when it's done. I like the way it looks. There is a sense of achievement of "I-did-this". 成就感是，我完成了这个装修工程You can see what you have been working on, like there is a final product. Through all of this, I never really thought I would enjoy being a handyman or home-improver, but it really is a lot of fun. 我从没想过自己能成为这样的人，看到自己的手完成了装修工作，觉得很自豪。 I get a lot of satisfaction out of it and some stress-relief too. So overall it has been a good experience. 是个很好的经验。
W: You should be really proud of yourself!
J: Yes, it is very nice when it is done.
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