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Week 61: Why did you join GW?

8 years ago

I've been thinking about this a lot this week with all the drama.

Did you join GW because you are a DIYer who wanted to get advice from other DIYers? Did you join because you could get great advice from professionals and others who had been there before?

Did you even know GW had professionals on the forum when you started?


I'll answer for myself and say that I'm a DIYer and every time I would Google a question like "how far out should my can lights be to light the counter" the top results were always GW.

Finally I decided to make an account to ask my questions directly. It was only after joining and reading for a few months that I realized there were several pro's on the boards. KDs like LWO, Holly Springs, Jakuvall and Kompy, countertop guys like Treb and Old Ryder etc and they offered an amazing perspective that I was very grateful for.


Honestly, had I known there were pro's before I joined I might not have. I would have felt too nervous to ask my questions for fear of looking stupid. Thankfully, that rarely happens. ;)


So how about you? Why did you join? Did you have any idea the vast amount of knowledge you had just stumbled on?

Comments (53)

  • 8 years ago

    The more things I searched for the more I found the most helpful stuff on GW. So I joined and lurked a bit, then started posting a little, then started asking a lot of questions. It's also very friendly here compared to a lot of sites, so that had a lot to do with it too.

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    I found GW in ... '99? Wow, seems like a lifetime ago.

    I started out in the laundry and appliance forums, researching front load machines. I migrated to the northwestern gardening forum for several years after that. I made my way to the kitchen forum in '06 or '07 when I started dreaming about giving my kitchen a facelift. Thanks to all the great information here, from laypeople and pros alike, it didn't take long before I realized that a facelift wasn't going to fix what bugged me about my kitchen. So I planned and we saved and we finally remodeled our kitchen this year.

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    We remodeled our kitchen in 2010 and wanted soapstone counters. DK found this site when researching soapstone, so I then joined. I have garnered a wealth of information here from everyone -DIY'ers, pros, and just everyone, really. Thanks.

    Plus, it can be highly entertaining reading at times (where are you, marcolo???).

  • 8 years ago

    My reasons exactly follow yours, TG! Of course I'm a recent member, and just stumbled onto this because of my kitchen remodel that I started in March. I would say I'm a partial DIYer. There is plenty that we need to bring in pros for, but anything that we can do ourselves, we try to.

    I didn't realize that there were pros here either. But I don't think that would have kept me from joining. I just might have been more careful/thoughtful about posting instead of jumping right in. I, too, find people incredibly generous and kind in sharing their knowledge. I'm so glad to have found this incredible resource of knowledge. Of course there are some people on the forum who are little abrupt or opinionated, that's understandable. The more you're on here, the more you realize that and the various personalities. But every now and then I notice some slightly vicious comments, which is too bad. Still, there's so much here that it's easy enough to ignore the occasional tirade.

    I have a question... do you "follow" people? I know that's an option when you hover over someone's name, but I'm not sure what that does for you. Do you get a list of all their posts in your profile page or something?

  • 8 years ago

    Ditto what williamsem said: "The more things I searched for the more I found the most helpful stuff
    on GW. So I joined and lurked a bit, then started posting a little,
    then started asking a lot of questions. It's also very friendly here
    compared to a lot of sites, so that had a lot to do with it too.
    "
    Most of what I was searching for dealt with function, stuff like drawers, undercabinet lighting, proper ventilation, etc., and most people around here (Long Island) renovate for looks.
    Thank you to everyone who tries to help the next person out, and keep paying it forward.


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    I joined last summer or fall because, like others, all my search results led me here!

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    Same as the rest, really. Was thinking about a reno of my kitchen, and what did I want. I was extremely limited with space and budget but did find a lot of very helpful information. I thought the people were friendly too. :)


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    Ditto- I already had ordered the cabinets but really needed help with BS and other things.

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    I was trying to plan my garden and ended up lurking on the Cottage Garden forum. LOL After a while I finally came up with my GW name and asked a few questions. Then, I ended up over on the home forums, when we were thinking about remodeling our farmhouse.

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    Can we find our first posts? I think I joined in 2012 when I was already in the middle of my kitchen remodel. I probably had a question or concern and GW came up in my results. I remember some minor annoyance or snag in my progress and someone told me to fire my contractor. I didn't, although we won't be working together again.

    Over at Electrical or Wiring (whatever) someone walked me through changing out a can light, me posting photos and very afraid of anything electrical. The can was swapped and I survived.

    I've had such amazing help and advice here that I can never thank everyone enough. Lots of encouragement. I don't agree with everything suggested, but I do thank those who told me that a whiskey-toned backsplash in my kitchen would have been unwise.

    The best stuff is serendipitous. It's why I often follow threads that have seemingly no relevance to anything in my house until the perfect color/tile/etc. pops up out of nowhere.

    Because GW shows up so often when Googling house things, I need to be very careful about mentioning something awful in a house that a friend might recognize. My name is somewhat uncommon and it would be way too embarrassing.

  • 8 years ago

    I started in 2001 as a DIYer. I actually started out in the perennials forum, then moved to kitchens. :) I now go back and forth between gardening forum and kitchens.

    I didn't know that pros were here, but when I found out I was happy about it. Intimidated but happy. It fits my philosophy that we can all learn from one another's points of view, even when we disagree. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but some day. So I stay, with some breaks, and try to learn and grow. And hopefully to some day completely finish the kitchen!!

  • 8 years ago

    Like lavender, I started at GW with the garden forums. In 2007 I was trying to work up the courage to build a greenhouse, for some crazy reason, although I'd never had one, and knew nothing. There were a bunch of us in the Greenhouse Forum who had all purchased the same new kit. It had horribly confusing instructions, and inherent problems. We all helped each other figure out how to build the greenhouse without murdering our spouses, and/or having it blow away in the wind. It worked! And I learned the value of finding a community of like-minded people on the internet.

    Then when we started to focus on our real house (which needs work everywhere) I realized that almost any question we had could be answered by delving into the various home forums here. Really kind people, with lots of experience, and detailed how to information; I read a lot of archived threads, too. And the generous pros who post here are the icing on the cake. Of course I never left! (You can never have too many smart friends.)

    I learn so much from everyone here. Even if the project I'm reading about is not one that helps me specifically, I'm really inspired by the people who accomplish such great things. Sometimes I have to toddle off for a while, but I always find my way back here.


  • 8 years ago

    I found gardenweb by trying to figure out what the name of those cabinets I had always loved was.... Turned out to be inset. I had already read so many of the old posts I felt like I knew y'all. I didn't know there were professionals on here, that would have intimidated me.

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    I think I was researching RTA cabinet brands. I had ordered a sample board from one of those companies and was not sold on the quality. I typed in RTA cabinets and quality, found GW. I read how some were "cheap Chinese crap". I appreciated this honest and blunt response. I was hooked ever since. Thanks hollysprings aka Sophie!

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    Similar to many others... internet searches related to home building and home projects kept turning up GW as the best source of information. I lurked for a long time, mostly in the building a home thread, and was truly impressed with the quality and care that people put in to their responses, and how people from newbies to pros could all learn and contribute together. I'm still discovering how much GW has to offer, such as great information on hardscape in the threads on the gardening side.

    ETA: I appreciate the help I've gotten and want to be helpful in return. But then I think, hey, I'm the person that often likes the "before" pictures, maybe I shouldn't offer advice! : )

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    I found GW through searching online. I am not sure exactly what I was looking for. When I redid my LR I came here (lurking) for ideas. Started lurking again well over a year ago when I realized I was getting a new kitchen. I loved how friendly and funny some of you were, and decided to join finally. I guess I joined right after the merge. I will be honest, I was shocked by some of the hostility and rudeness shown, by mostly" professionals". It was so bad one day I almost left without looking back. But I didn't, and it seems things have gotten somewhat better, but I am not at ll sure I will post my kitchen for suggestions as I had originally planned.

  • 8 years ago

    I was at the beginning stages of my kitchen reno. Like Texas Gem, I often googled questions like, 'will I regret white cabinets with three kids' (Answer NO!) . Or, 'White versus cream cabinets', etc. And, without fail, every time it was a GW post that came up. It actually took me awhile to discover that these posts led to such a robust forum of people just like me! Curious (and passionate) about kitchens! Once I signed up and posted my first post, it was like crack. I felt like a kid hooked on gaming. I could Gwebb for hours on end until the middle of the night and not be bored reading, commenting and gazing though images of one inspiring kitchen after another. I do spend some time on the 'bathrooms' and 'home decorating' forum, but 'kitchens' will always be my #1. forum. A few of my favorite moments online here: 1) I'll never forget the day one remarkable GWebber actually went to Home Depot to photograph some cabinets for me and photo shopped the into m kitchen, when I was particularly stumped about my latest dilemma of cab styles. A virtual stranger - did that for me!!! That was when I knew this place was something special And 2) The day TwoLittleFishies posted her kitchen reveal. I think I missed like 4 work deadlines, because I poured through those pictures for about 3 hours straight!!

  • 8 years ago

    As many of you, I found GW through searching Google. I could not believe the treasure of information here and that some pros gave generously of their time and knowledge to help others. It took me a long time of lurking before I felt comfortable in posting and joining -- and honestly I only posted if I couldn't find an answer to my kitchen planning questions in searching GW and the web. When we were finally able to do our kitchen Reno this Spring, I ran here to solve a few problems that popped up. Answers were so helpful and gave me courage to insist on what was right with the GC and carpenters. Big thanks to GWers!

    Gracious people like LWO, Trailrunner, Pal, and Breezy were a few of the original inspirations that caused me to feel comfortable to join.

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    I found this place because I was Googling around about home building, specifics and generalizations. I joined last fall because it looked like a cool forum, and there is really a lot I don't know. I've found some answers on other people's threads, and am now asking my own questions. I also didn't want to go to my GC and sound like a (total) imbecile. (I've also been researching with books, and through a HD associated with the log kit company I'm going through.)

    When it comes time to picking out brands of appliances, fixtures and the like, I hope to get advice here. What's reliable, what gives you best value for function, etc. What things that I hadn't thought about, that I should consider alont the way?

    omelet -- I definitely enjoy seeing what people have accomplished in their own homes, the photos are fun! Even if like you, occasionally I find the before shots better than the after... well, it takes all tastes!


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    Like so many others, GW kept popping up on Google with the answers to all my questions when I was remodeling my kitchen (and other areas of my home). So I knew of GW for a couple years before I joined. Unfortunately, I learned a lot more after I joined just by being here more often, and I am sorry I didn't know half of what I know now when we were making final remodeling decisions.

    I bit the bullet and joined not that long ago because of layout help requests. I honestly just like tinkering around with layouts as a mental exercise.

    I wasn't super-aware of the professionals on here, and I don't have strong feelings on their presence one way or another, other than being a little surprised that they would want to talk kitchens in their downtime after doing it all day at work. It does seem good that we aren't just a bunch of amateurs dreaming in the clouds about beautiful, impossible things and getting outraged in solidarity when some of us have remodel/installation troubles with no one to ground us about the realities of what can actually be done and how and what is fair to expect.

  • 8 years ago

    I joined when this was ThatHomeSite that Spike started - long before GardenWeb and Houzz - probably 1998 or 99? We were building our home at that time. I've had times when I'm very active here and times when I leave because I'm too busy. I've also used different names because over time I've forgotten passwords and at other times the system wouldn't allow me to use an old username.

  • 8 years ago

    It seems we all had the same experience. Every time I googled a question, GW came up with not only the most responses but the BEST ones! Consistently thoughtful and thorough. And even though a few have abrupt responses, for the most part this place is much more polite than many other forums I've been on. Even when someone has to say something brutally honest, it usually comes with good suggestions. It's not just a slam and run like on so many other websites. I read for months here before finally joining last summer. And now I'm hooked.

    I appreciate the pros here. I am pleasantly surprised they want to spend their off-time from work helping out strangers with their expertise.

  • 8 years ago

    I googled kitchen planning and layout help, and voila, here I am. We're still in the early planning phase of our kitchen remodel, but I've already learned so much by following various threads.

    I do miss the Ikeafan website though and all their accumulated knowledge regarding Ikea kitchen cabinets and all the possible ways of modifying them.


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    Same as everyone else, every time I googled a question Garden Web was the place with the answer. I finally joined about halfway through my kitchen remodel but even before joining I was a lurker and learned a lot.

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    Lars- you can't say that and not share the recipe!!!

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    8 years ago
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    Short answer: for the expertise.

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    Regret initially not knowing about GW, went w/ builders recommendation & ended up with things I would never should have accepted (JeldWen windows, Mustee shower pan). Now as the rebuild is finishing up, I am telling him how I want things done, arguing that just because "it is code" does not mean it is based on the best evidence/science (e.g., basement insulation). I know he is tired of me quoting GW.

    Saying I am SO VERY grateful to the many people who helped me with information and decisions is an major understatement. This has been the most difficult 2.5 years of my life and you/GW helped me through it. THANK YOU!

    When I joined I read, "don't just take information, give back." Loved getting many replies to a post; people took time out of their busy lives to offer a thought or their wise advice. Even if I did not agree, I was glad to know other options (in medicine "alternative treatments") so I could make an informed decision. Now trying to give back. Why is it SO much easier to confidently solve other peoples questions???

  • 8 years ago

    Like so many others, I found gardenweb from countless google searches on kitchen remodeling way back in 2003. I officially joined in March 2004, and my kitchen was competed a few months later. Over the years I have continued to read this forum, as well as home decorating, appliances, and gardening. Now I am planning to update the kitchen again, and am obsessively on this site more than I am willing to admit!

  • 8 years ago
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    Hmm..

    I was a long-time CompuServe member and board moderator, (hated AOL). Then a paid moderator on several Women.com boards, which was sold to iVillage. (ick.) So online communities have been a resource for me since the late 80s.

    I moved to the country in 2002. Somehow, after realizing I couldn't learn gardening things well on my own, and being (already) a long-time Internet-info-addict, I started searching and reading. and reading and searching. Searching sure wasn't what it is now.

    Somehow I happened upon GW's MidAtlantic Gardening board. And that 1st year, attended their 1st ever garden Spring swap. I can tell you my 2 acres of landscaped stuff wouldn't be what it is today, if it weren't for the generosity of the members. I still see them each spring at the now, 11-year, annual swap! Thank you, Gardengramma for hosting!

    After a winter of '05 fire, (I'm wit'cha mdln!) back in the house in late '06, I realized I had a lot to learn and a lot to protect.
    In 2008, after my DH bailed on me, leaving me with a construction site, I ended up in Kitchens, because I was paralyzed with fear (of doing "it" wrong) and found great, great help.

    GW/Houzz remains one of my very first sites to search when I have anything I want to do. Paint, insecticide, products, humor, commiseration, building materials, how-tos, references to sites with good info, whatever. I come here first. One of the things than can annoy me greatly, is when someone suggests I "google xxxx." Of course I already have, but I still come to my source where I know people have experience, vs. stupid Wiki that plagiarizes blogs. Don't get me started on the stupidity of eHow.

    Recently someone touted Hometalk as "The biggest and best home improvement and resource site online." Or something like that. I, in my most snottiest, exhausted manner, commented that, "if one were an online newbie, perhaps. Hometalk does have great resources. However, if anyone were Internet pro-ish and wanted real human experience, they'd already know about Gardenweb-now Houzz." Hmm... note to self: more Reese's cups and wine.

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  • 8 years ago

    Yay!! Christine in back!!

    I don't mind telling you that I was worried about you since I hadn't seen a post from you in a while.

    You were one of the first recognisable "voices" here on GW so I hold you with great fondness. :)


    How goes the gardens? I finally planted some stuff for the first time in almost 5 years and grasshoppers are already chewing away at my Queen Victoria Lobelia. Grr!!! Any advice?

  • 8 years ago

    Texasgem, I miss the voice of Christine too.

    Oh and just had to mention this. Your post regarding the puppy crate training in another thread cracked me up!

    Thanks for taking the reigns of this weekly thread. I may not always post, but I really enjoy reading everyone's adventures.

  • 8 years ago

    T_G, grasshoppers are a Biblical scourge for a good reason. I'm afraid the only thing I know to do is spray. Deer are my bane this year, but this Deer Stopper seems to be doing well. Or, they've grown bored of a diet of hosta, heuchera, hibiscus and Japanese maples.

    I worked 6 shifts in a row, which is a bit much for me. So I've been pooped!

    I'm a tad concerned about this "recognizable voice" thing. I hope it's not like your mama screaming in the background while you're trying to talk on the phone.


  • 8 years ago

    Texas Gem, I found something that really works for grasshoppers. Eco bran from Planet Natural. It's wheat bran mixed with a small amount of Sevin. Only grasshoppers and crickets will eat it so it's not killing every bug around. It was looking like a really bad year here in NW Kansas, so I bought 44 LB(!) of this Eco Bran. I'm really excited about it because it works!!

    PS. I found this stuff by a google search on killing grasshoppers, and some of the first results were a few Gardenweb posts on it:)

  • 8 years ago

    Sevin is very effective on everything. Including removing paint -- don't ask me how I know.
    But good to know about the grasshoppers. Although I try to be eco-minded, sometimes there isn't a choice in protecting $1000s in landscaping and plants. And we're talking many plural $1000s.

    Just had an interesting thing happen. Sold 2 antique doors on CL. The fellow is a contractor. He's going to pay me $150 to smooth them out and paint then. Gave me the bondo and paint. Nice & Easy. Yeah.


  • 8 years ago

    Woo hoo Christine!! And no, not the nagging mom, more like the hilarious wise sage you come to trust!


    Nancy- thanks, I will look into that. I'm not big on chemical stuff, especially with small kids and pets plus all the other good insects. Just want these grasshoppers to leave my new plant alone!!! So far they haven't messed with the others I planted, just my favorite (of course)!!!

  • 8 years ago

    How did I find GW? My friend sayde started working on her masterpiece of a kitchen before I started my project, and she told me about GW. I am an amateur, not much of a DIYer (not like sayde's genius DH, who made her gumwood cabinets and walnut island), although I do take care of some very small projects. But I always tell anyone who is doing a remodel to go to GW, and GW is my main source for researching anything house-related. Also, there are some really entertaining people here.

    Wow, grasshoppers! My sympathies. I guess I'd rather average 100 inches of snow per winter than deal with grasshopper plagues in my garden. (Although you can ask me again next February.)

    My friend deals with deer - she never gets to see her lilies bloom. I'll have to suggest Deer Stopper to her. Thanks, Christine!

  • 8 years ago

    Like many I joined because I found the best advice on this website. I've had to learn some things along the way and I find some satisfaction in trying to tell other people what I have learned before they find out by making a mistake. I really enjoy the pros on this site because they really do know what they are doing and don't hesitate to say so and sometimes they have a completely different reason for the same conclusion and that is always very interesting. But what I have appreciated most is the variety of people and the variety advice given (especially on the design and decorating side). I also enjoyed this weekly column, particularly when people post pictures from other parts of the country or from outside the country and I realize that life is just so different and so much the same. The part that has been hard to deal with is when the GW site joined Houzz, my perception of many of the Houzz users is that they have a great deal of money, an intense desire for perfection and very little time or patience as they pursue an expensive lifestyle, not because they are personally interested in such a lifestyle but because they can and feel the need to show that they can. Interestingly, I think that many of those members slowly find themselves drawn into the online community, as it is the community aspect of GW that is the most interesting. Thank you again for this week's post.

  • 8 years ago

    Hey! CEF!! check it out: Reese's Spread! Just to switch it up a bit. :)

    My bathroom is coming along slowly. I am making him turn a floor tile around because the way he had it the fake marble veins made a "V" looking inkblot monster thing and I knew it would drive me crazy the rest of my life, so he's going to fix that. Whew!


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    It all started with months of lurking during a three-week reno that's going on one year next month: "Am I being too picky?" Resounding replies and research: NOPE! Thanks again to such a helpful community of strangers! :)

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    In 2006 or 2007 my husband and I were planning to renovate our apartment kitchen and two bathrooms. I did lots of web searches for information on appliances, tiles, etc. and GardenWeb kept coming up. Checked out the forum and joined then. We never did renovate that apartment (sold it instead and bought a house) but we've been through two phases of reno on this house and I've been at GW through both of them. I'm not a DIYer and didn't know any pros before coming here; this was a source of information and ideas.

  • 8 years ago

    cefreeman-you just have that voice that bleeds through your writing. When the migration to Houzz happened and everyone's user names were all over the place I read a post and 'knew' it was you posting just from reading and thought ahhhh, and there is Christine - she made it over. :)

    Kitchen remodel from last house maybe 2012 with a lot of upcoming DIY - googled different things like under cabinet lighting for one and every single thing I googled came up under gardenweb. Being an avid researcher I was hooked on the information shared and the willingness of those that do so. I lurked for a long time before I dared post a question. I had plenty of reading to keep me occupied in the meantime. ;) I guess you could say my eyes were opened to the world of gardenweb and the functional kitchen underground, lol!

    Fast forward a several years and we decided to build a house so much of my time has been on the building a house forum and always always lurking around the kitchen forum. I love looking at plans and transformations. So much creativity and generosity. Overall it's a positive place to hang out. We are mostly finished with our build and I still can't stay away.

  • 8 years ago

    My Best friend turned me on to it when I started my kitchen remodel. She was a lurker and never posted. I found so much useful information and help here everyday. I also found support, resources, opinions and entertainment. It was an invaluable daily "friend" while I was in the midst of a very stressful remodel. My kitchen has been finished for a year now and I love it every day. Every time I walk in, I smile. This would not have happened without all of the information I gleaned from this forum. Thank you!