What is DIY?
DIY stands for “Do It Yourself”. It is the act of building or performing repairs on your own, with minimal, if any aid from professionals.
DIY does not mean that no research. A lot of times, especially if it is the first project, some research will be involved. In my case, I start by imagining how to go about it. Then I may do either a google search or just straight to Youtube to determine the best course of action.
Most of the time I will start to just wing it. This could be because I wanted to come up with the solution myself, the problem is simple enough that I shouldn’t need to rely on someone else (Think through it), or a satisfactory solution is not available.
Whatever process you take, there is satisfaction in getting a project off the ground, and bringing it to completion.
SO WHY DIY?
There was a time in the not-so-distant past when people built their own homes, which meant they could also repair things like the roof, wall, plumbing, and flooring. The adaption of more modern building techniques, home appliances, and multi-story residences have made most major repairs beyond the skills of most people. Plus a large segment of society is now engaged in services, which meant that people were less confident in their skills and they have even less time to work at improving such skills.
Reasons to try your hands at DIY.
- Save Money. Labor is a big part of the cost of any job.
- Learn a new skill, why not?
- Personal satisfaction at completing a project.
- You can’t afford to hire a professional.
- Develop self-sufficiency.
- You want the work done in a very specific way. The saying “If you want something done right you need to do it yourself” applies.
- A combination of everything above
Whatever your reasons, do it safely, and have some fun.