Howdy Nieghbor and welcome to the forums.
Just what part of SW Michigan do you hail from if'n you don't mind me asking.
I used to live in Kalamazoo and now live in Charlotte, which is just south of Lansing. There are several forum members in the west and southwest part of Michigan, and I'm sure they will post on this here thread you have started. If you want Michiganders to respond, it has been my experience and observation that all you have to do is put the word "Michigan" in the post title and they seem to come out of the woodwork.
For many of your DIY and other questions...just wait until "Gargoyle" responds and direct alot of your questions his way. That boy has done many DIY projects and has a very ingenius mind. He can invision things right in his brain, and very quickly also.
I hope this has helped you, and again I say "Welcome"!