Like a lot of you, I’m springloaded to build things for myself. So if, for example, I need a bracket to mount a TV on the wall, I’m more likely to hit the shop and fab something up from scrap metal than I am to head down to BestBuy. But is that always the best idea? Check out the mover’s dolly pictured above. It’s nine freakin’ dollars. I couldn’t even buy a couple of casters for $9.
It’s sorta like the folks who insist on telling you how they “change their own oil.” If you just enjoy the hell out of bonding with your vehicle, I’m all for changing your own oil. But (in most cases at least) it’s not going to save you money. There’s probably a place down the street that’ll swap that oil and filter out for $15-$20, and you’ll likely pay $10-$15 (if you’re lucky) to do it yourself. From a cash perspective, it’s a wash.
Then again, sometimes it makes sense. Take the dolly again. I know for a fact that Sean has a beautiful dolly a lot like the one pictured above, but it’s built out of white oak. But I also know that he had the white oak sitting around the scrap bin — AND the casters AND the carpet — so his grand total cost was a whopping $0.
So here’s my question: What kind of stuff have you built/done for yourself? And afterwards were you happy about it or do you wish you’d just bought your way out of the issue?
Mover’s Dolly [Harbor Freight]