Why I Won’t DIY Again: Behind the Scenes

16 Jan Why I Won’t DIY Again: Behind the Scenes


So last week in Episode 092 of the Living in Financial Excellence podcast, I shared the story of my DIY project gone bad. The lesson learned is that when you factor in opportunity cost, it’s often less expensive to pay a professional to do the work for you.

While I was working in the garage on a cold January day this week (finishing up the project) I decided to grab the video camera and document a little of what I talked about on the podcast. Check out the video:

If you’re wondering why I spent an extra $100 or so on tools, here’s another behind the scenes look at the project, where I share all the extra stuff I “had” to buy. Ok, some of them were necessary for the job, and some just made it go a little faster. Either way, it was $100 more than I had planned to buy when I started the job.

As a bonus, I recorded a short video to show the extra tools and stuff I ended up buying for this project after I started, to the tune of roughly $100. It doubles as an auto repair video, in case you know nothing about working on cars.

Readers, have you had a DIY project cost you extra money? I’d love to hear about it!

5 Comments
  • Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter
    Posted at 09:16h, 17 January

    I always find DIY a real balance. There are things you can do that are easy and don’t take tons of knowledge where you will save money. However, if you require any specialty work done, I say pay for it. For me, I would want to know things were done right and will last. I don’t want to have to re do the project a year later.

    • Matt Wegner
      Posted at 09:27h, 17 January

      I tend to agree with you, but this was one specialty job I thought I could do in no time… I should have known it wouldn’t go as planned. I say I won’t do another DIY project but deep down inside I know I will because I actually enjoy it. I’m cursed from the start!

  • Jackie Walters
    Posted at 15:04h, 19 January

    Matt – If I ever need the struts replaced on my van at least I’ll know who to call. You have all the tools now.

    • Matt Wegner
      Posted at 10:25h, 20 January

      Ha! Well, the saga continues. I took it in to get the front end re-aligned (common practice when you replace the struts) and the mechanic found a loose nut that will either require another specialty tool or removing the whole strut again 🙁 I wanted to cry but a man can’t cry in front of another man ;o)

  • Caroline Gavin
    Posted at 19:46h, 20 January

    Wow! I commend you, Matt, for trying so hard to get it done! I tend to be DIY-minded too. Your example definitely demonstrates it is sometimes best to simply pay a professional. Thank you for sharing!! I hope, for your sake, the saga has finally ended…with a happy (and not too costly) ending! 🙂