Posts on May 2015

DIY – to be or not to be

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As I embarked on a recent project I realized that while what I was about to do (Electrical Work) was not my profession, but I needed some cost savings and I thought at the time that I had more time than money. I have two electricians in the family and in a round-about way I deal with electrical and wiring all the time. Knowing that I had a phone a friend available at any time I embarked on what I thought was a two day project which would cost around 300 dollars in parts. As it turns out my field is much different than that of an electrician. I knew what parts I needed but time after time I couldn’t find them, and worse yet I could not convey to the parts houses what I really needed. This incurred a significant amount of time which was not factored in to be eaten up at the supply houses, around a half day to be exact. While the project is nearly complete I spent at least 4 days thus far to get it to the completion level that it is at not done, I will be lucky if it is done in 5. Keep in mind that the parts to date were more than double what I expected. So while I more than doubled the cost and the labor of the project, I lost the benefit of having a professional do the work, and while my work actually works fairly well and looks O.K. I know any other electrician would cringe at the site of how it was done; I know this because my father in law came by and did just that. Over the years I have discovered that the sprinklers that I did myself which are not working perfectly causes a lot of extra seeding and adjustment to the spray heads, and I can go on for literally days on this subject, and I am sure my wife could chime in as well.

I guess the moral of the story is that I didn’t know what I didn’t know about these projects and ultimately it cost me time, money, and a really reliable project. So as you embark on doing your own audio video system, you might find that the happiness of you and your spouse might be higher if you pay a professional. They might even talk you out of that 4k television in favor of a better audio system, or they might have a great way to hide all of the equipment, who knows your wife and kids might even be able to operate it when they are done. Choosing a professional in any profession makes the end result so much better and often times increases your satisfaction level. If you time is like mine it is very valuable and learning a new language might not be your best choice, maybe you just want to hit the “Watch T.V.” button and enjoy the finals in surround sound without having to stand on your head and hold your tongue just right.