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More Projects. DIY Bits. DIY Clothes/Wear. Electronics and Similar What Not. Not My Trees DIY. Hackerspace. Sites. DIY Effects & Pyro. Furniture/Home. MAKE. Hacks - how to articles from wikiHow. URBAN HACK ATTACK - EPISODE 1. Why Do It Yourself? Digging into the Value of DIY. A few days ago, I spent more than two hours dismantling and reassembling the guts of a toilet tank.

Why Do It Yourself? Digging into the Value of DIY

There were some issues with flushing, and I wanted to see if I could diagnose it myself (I did, actually; there was a small broken part that was simple to replace). A plumber could have done it in ten minutes and probably would have charged me $25 or $50 for the service (in our area, anyway; it would likely be more in other areas).

On another recent day, I spent about four hours building a small electronic spider that could walk under its own power. I was doing this mostly so I could learn how to use Arduino (an open source electronics platform) because I intend to use it to build some animated Christmas light displays for our family and perhaps some day sell them. I earned nothing from this except my own knowledge. A few months ago, I disassembled part of our hot water heater to figure out why the pilot light wasn’t lighting. The reasons are many. The end result of all of this? How to DIY When You Don't Know Where to Start.

The easiest way to start is by just touching something.... anything really.

How to DIY When You Don't Know Where to Start

Take (for example) a leaky faucet. You go to tighten it with some channel lock pliers, and because it's been leaking forever, it breaks off at the base where you were tightening. After figuring out how to replace the faucet, you go to home depot and get a new faucet, some teflon tape, and some other misc supplies. The next step is to turn the water off under the sink. It is at this time the knob snaps off in your hand and the water begins gushing out from under the sink.