Monday, November 17, 2014

How To DIY

Every time I post up a DIY guide, I will always get the question: “how much to do it for me?”
Well, its not like I don’t appreciate the money, but the main reason I post up so much DIY stuff for everyone is because of something I believe in; “if he can do it, why can’t I?” plus I'm a cheap poor bastard. Unlike what people say, its not that hard to do certain stuff. You just need to know how. Back in my day (as if I'm so old), we didn’t have youtube, and not all the shops are friendly enough to teach you how to do it (what can I say.. ASIANS)…

Well, here is a little something I thought might help you guys who want to start this DIY thing but are unsure:

Things you need:
1.       Balls: one or two doesn’t matter
2.       Elbow grease (here is how to get some:
3.       A friend (experience not required)
4.       A hardware store (preferably very close by) – optional
5.       A solid weekend (these are rare.. especially for those with family, BUT, if you can obtain one.. that’s a good start)
6.       The Internet / Youtube

What to do:

Step 1:
Gather your balls and put em back in your pants.

Jokes aside, the reality is, a majority of the time, people are afraid to do these things because they have this fear of screwing it up and having to pay a load to fix it.
Well, my advice is start with something simple. Doesn’t have to be something hard like reassemble a rocket. Just something simple like how to remove your battery or how to remove your seat. The reason you do something simple first is because you want to ease yourself into it and not frighten yourself away with something on a difficulty scale of 10/10. Start building your confidence with small achievements. But remember: build confidence, not ego.

Step 2:
Do research… this is where the internet and talking to mechanics and friends help. Send your bike or car in to the shop and watch how they do it. If you don’t understand something, then just ask. Google is your best friend at this point in time. Whatever you can think up, I'm very sure someone else has thought it up and done it already.

And as I always tell people (because I'm lazy), why read when you can watch?
Found something u wanna do but can’t really get it and the pictures are not clear? Sometimes, some folks post whole videos on YouTube about how it’s done.

Step 3:
Grab a friend.
It’s always handy to have a friend with you. It doesn’t matter if he/she knows what’s going on or how to fix it. They can be there to see what you may have missed or have a great idea in other ways to do what you want done. Also, the friend can also be the one to help document what you did. Not just as a guide, but to help you undo what you did if you screwed up.

Step 4:
Have a long/solid weekend.
A solid weekend is a weekend whereby you wake up on Saturday ready to do the work and have no distractions while you are doing it so you can complete your work by Sunday afternoon.
This is even better if you have a public holiday just near that weekend.

This is a hard one for those who are married and/or have kids. But make an arrangement with your wife. Check your calendar. And make sure you are fully available a week in advanced. And make it a point for everyone to know.

Remember, the most important is that you don’t rush the work. You must have enough time to do your work without a tight deadline.

This also ties in to the fact that when you work, stop and rest, get hydrated and NEVER work through the night. When you are tired, you will make mistakes.

Step 5:
A hardware store.
Contrary to popular belief, your don’t need to stockpile an arsenal of tools in your house to be able to do your DIYs.

That said, there also isn’t such a thing as “commonly used tools”. You will need to buy some other tools some time. A good example of this is that for the many years I have been doing this, I never used an 8mm drill bit… until recently.

What you need to buy are things you only need for the DIY. You don’t need to buy the most expensive tools but you shouldn’t buy the cheapest ones too.

My advice (especially if you are in Malaysia) is don’t go to those posh nice looking hardware stores, source out where constructions workers go to buy their tools. The difference in price is huge. Also, wear some dirty pants and a broken shirt. It helps lower the prices too.

If you are in Malaysia, Mr DIY has a lot of good tools at a good price now. Try that

Step 6:
Elbow grease:
Put your back into it. there are times when something you are doing is really hard or you just feel so tired you want to give up. Don’t! Just take a break, have an isotonic drink, stand near the fan. Then get at it again. Finish what you started, otherwise don’t bother starting. And when you have finished, stand back, have a look at what you did and give you self a pat on the back.

Step 7:

Welcome to the DIY club. You have taken your first step as a handy man and you will be able to fix almost anything now.

By Vy

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