People will try to tell you you can’t do a certain project, or you need tons of cash on hand to tackle minor projects — it’s one of my biggest beefs. Perhaps they mean well, but the problem is that folks less pigheaded than the average Toolmonger might actually listen and not attempt small household repairs. The simple fact: You can do a lot of projects yourself, without thirty years experience or thousands of dollars to throw at ’em.
This picture by ghb624 sums up the attitude I’m talking about: Just get it done. That’s often all it takes. In this case, ghb had a leak in his roof, but instead of whining and crying about what to do or wondering how much it would cost, he got up on the roof and fixed it.
You’ll notice there’s no fanfare, no spectators in the photo with him — that’s how DIY is. Some call it thankless work; we call it getting it done. And once you’ve got a few tools and a few projects under your belt, you may find that fixing a sink or replacing a toilet isn’t as scary as it used to be.
Whether you’re a rank amateur or seasoned veteran, try and tackle that window that won’t shut, or install the new garage door opener yourself. Though you’ll want to leave some projects to the pros — AC unit repair, for instance — you can pull off most of ’em without the hired guns.