Acquiring some basic building skills back in Russia, prior and during Perestroika, I try small projects myself before calling a professional helper.
I learnt a lot of different skills from people surrounding me at home and work. It is aways nice when someone can help you out but if you are short of help, fixing or building it yourself was never a problem for me.
Being originally from Russian and going through Perestroika I have some useful tips to share. It was much more difficult back then but we managed to stay strong and survive.
Having lived through the collapse of the USSR in the early 90’s & the subsequent hardship this wrought on the population, I am uniquely qualified to impart first-hand knowledge during these uncertain times because I lived in Moscow during a very difficult period in my nations history.