With the amount of guides and resources available to people online these days, the amount of people opting to do things themselves has never been higher. And we’re not just talking about simple repairs or paint jobs, but everything from advanced woodworking to DIY electronics. While there are lots of benefits to doing things yourself (not to mention the fun that one can have in engaging in one of these types of projects), one major one is cost.
Doing your own repairs, or building something yourself can often be a lot less expensive than going out and buying the same item or paying for the fix. As an example, I build a gaming computer for a friend for just $200. The same system would have easily cost over $500 had I gotten a pre-built one. So saving money is a big part of DIY.
The only place it can actually get a bit more expensive is in having the tools needed for the job. Without the right equipment,any project can bog down or even fail completely. And if you don’t already have the tools you need, this is where cost can go up.
However, there are lots of ways to get tools without breaking the bank. A few ideas are:
- Borrow them from a friend
- Get used tools from a pawn shop in Ft. Lauderdale (people pawn tools all the time)
- Check out sites like craigslist for used tools
- Renting tools is a good option for larger, more expensive ones.
Another area that can get expensive is in sourcing materials for your projects. Fortunately, most DIY projects use simple things like wood, cardboard and parts from used objects. These things can be found for little if you know where to look…but that will be a subject for another article.