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Do You DIY, or Leave it to the Pros? [Poll]

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It can be a lot of fun doing projects around the house on your own. It can also be really frustrating, as  I recently discovered.

For a while, I’ve been meaning to get a new cabinet for my rather large DVD collection. They’d previously been in a smaller cabinet that was deep, but not tall, so the rows were two deep and it was quite a project trying to find a specific movie. There was a tall cabinet that I had been admiring at Ikea for a while, but had been putting off for various reasons.

This past weekend I decided to finally go ahead and get it. To my happy surprise, not only was it in stock, but it was on sale for about half price…score!

I actually enjoy putting the do-it-yourself furniture together, so that part wasn’t too bad. But then came the challenge. Since the cabinet is tall but skinny, it needs to be anchored to the wall. So I followed the included directions, stood back to admire my handiwork, and the cabinet started to slowly tip.

Thankfully I caught it and disaster was averted. The big problem was that the instructions said nothing about drywall anchors. So I went to Home Depot (half an hour before closing) and got those metal anchors that snap open on the other side of the wall.

Only one problem, there is insulation on the other side of the wall and they didn’t snap open.

At this point it was already 11pm so I couldn’t go back out to Home Depot, but I was not going to let this defeat me.

I woke up early this morning, ran back to the home improvement store, and got a different type of anchor. I had to do it this morning or else I’d end up being frustrated about it all day long.

But I did it, I eventually succeeded (this is assuming, by the way, that I don’t come home to a toppled, broken cabinet on my living room floor).

So when it comes to home projects, do you like to do-it-yourself, or do you let a professional handle it? Vote in the poll below and feel free to leave a comment and tell us about your most memorable DIY triumphs (or disasters!)

 

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