"If you want a thing well done, do it yourself."

You know those boxes of like 100 plastic drink straws? I bought one of those last year because my young son thought drink straws were fun. He used about five of them and then promptly lost all interest, so they have spent the past year in the drawer collecting dust. Recently I have been learning [...]

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Do it yourself, also known as DIY, is the method of building, modifying, or repairing something without the aid of experts or professionals. Academic research describes DIY as behaviors where "individuals engage raw and semi-raw materials and component parts to produce, transform, or reconstruct material possessions, including those drawn from the natural environment (e.g. landscaping)".[1] DIY behavior can be triggered by various motivations previously categorized as marketplace motivations (economic benefits, lack of product availability, lack of product quality, need for customization), and identity enhancement (craftsmanship, empowerment, community seeking, uniqueness)