questionsthe diy effect: truth? or justification for…


For me I don't feel any attachment to things I've built from a kit unless I made modifications along the way. The things I've built that mean something to me are the ones I took the time to design and build from scratch.


Different effects on different people; personally, I don't feel all that attached to such pieces stock, but if I spent the time modifying it to something else, then there's certainly more attachment simply because of the time spent.

So an Ikea bedframe? Meh. An Ikea bedframe that served as a donor for the hardwood frame holding up the granite in the bathroom, along with quiet closing drawers from a completely different lineup that were redesigned to take advantage of the full space? Now that's a different story.


If it's something I designed and built, I will tolerate the poor craftsmanship of the item much more than if it's a kit that you just put together. I've done quite a few small home projects (book cases, tv stand of sorts, etc) that don't look perfect or maybe fit with the decor of my house, but I will put up with it because I made it.


I recently built a headphone amplifier since my Zune HD has trouble pushing my cans. I'm not really attached to it though (although it turned out mighty fine). I secretly hope somebody steals it so I can have an excuse to build a new one with a 3 channel EQ...

But I agree with other posters. If I built it line for line from a kit (read my TV stand), I have absolutely no attachment to it at all. If I built it myself, I typically like it better, but almost always wish to rebuild it knowing now what I wish I would have known then (like my aquarium stand, needs to be about 4 inches taller and the back should have larger holes to run tubing through more easily).


I agree that there's definitely a difference between assembling something and making something. Something that I've made from the design to the assembly to the finishing definitely does have some extra value, more than what it's probably actually "worth" while something that I've just put together is just like every other bit of furniture to me.

Things that I still have that I've built include some bookcases, a shelf for my entertainment center that raises my TV up and allows me to put the DVR and DVD player underneath. I'm especially proud of that one because of the paint job. Got it to match the "wood" finish of the entertainment center really well and a few other things.

I've built lots of other stuff that I don't have anymore. Various tables (coffee, dining, end) and bunk beds for friends in college; a whole lot of theatrical set pieces for theaters in a couple of different states; houses, sidewalks and schools on three different continents...the list goes on.


I'm in complete agreement with the other posters here....most anyone can follow assembly instructions, but far less people can build something from scratch or modify things that aren't to their liking and make it look good. If you don't believe check There I Fixed It.


You mean this thing right?

Yeah, I'm emotionally attached to some of my things that are hard to let go.. such as my old school notes and such to packaging boxes. But I eventually throw them out.


I think the IKEA effect is completely true for PC builders. Feels good to know what exactly is in your tower


@cornellbigred: Ikea was the first thing I thought of!


I don't think I do it so much to waste time as much as I do it to save money. The idea of paying someone to do something that I could do just as well or better just gets under my skin. Perhaps part of it is my deals.woot mentality that I've carried over to my real life. Perhaps I just love the feeling of accomplishment. It's hard to say, but it's definitely bread into me.

I do a lot of stuff myself. Over the years of home ownership (and a few years prior to that helping out a buddy who does finishing construction) I've amassed a knowledge of how to do just about everything there is to do in a home as far as repairs/renovations go. Electrical, plumbing, flooring, , tile work, carpentry, cabinetry, framing, and roofing are among that bit of know-how. I've saved enough money doing things myself, that I've also amassed a garage full of tools. I really do enjoy doing it too. It's not like I don't look forward to it.

I've even got bragging pictures!


@inkycatz: Here's my kitchen:

I did all of the work you see myself, including the window, the floors and the granite tile counter-tops. And yes, I even made the cabinet frames, doors, and drawers out of stock lumber

I'll have to upload more later. I redid two bathrooms at my last house, both with tile surrounds and tile floors. I'll see if I can dig them up.

EDIT: Apparently, I suck at posting script with a link in it. Someone fix it!?


@capguncowboy: Wow that is awesome. After looking at those pictures, I wouldn't let someone else do it either.


As a life long seamstress and part time carpenter, I can say no, I don't get attached to things I've made. What I see are the flaws. Seams that don't lay flat in clothing, glue marks, or miters that just don't meet on woodwork.
Now, this does not apply to gardening. I am uber proud of that bucket of beans, or 50 tons of zucchini.


I have kept PCs I built longer then I should. I know I could sell them and start over with the money, but I never do.
So, yes?