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  1. #21
    Senior Member timabababaluka's Avatar
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    Denial is a form of DIY self-preservation for me--otherwise I'd never do it again . I actually enjoy the research, pretrips, and even budgeting, but the little gremlin-y things that go wrong in what should be a fairly straight forward project are kryptonite to my DIY spirit. So denial is a VERY important part of any of my projects. The process is fairly simple:

    First off, there is no such thing as time--clocks, watches, sundials are merely wrist, wall, and garden decorations. Ornamental only. When folks ask how long a project took I tell them, "Oh, well I didn't really keep track of the time. I nickle-and-dimed it over the course of a day or two." Read this as, "I obsessively worked on this, neglecting food, family, and personal hygene, taking breaks only when I became so frustrated I was ready to heap it all in the back yard and burn it, or when I discovered I needed (yet another) extra something from the hardware or sewing store."

    Nope, time cannot exist. Otherwise I'd be forced to say things like:

    "It took me 6 hours to make a rolled hem for 60" x 12 ft rectangle of polyester jacket liner"

    "How long to whip my gathered ends? Lemesee... five minutes per whipped side, multiplied by the 8 times I redid them. Factor in rehanging the hammock and retesting the lay each time--about 2 hours."

    "My first set of whoopie slings? Hmmm... I started at around 9:00 after the kids went to bed, and I went to bed at 12:00. The next morning I made the other sling. 6 hours."

    The ability to say "Oh, off and on, I guess it took a couple of days..."

    Priceless.
    You're gonna need a bigger hammock

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    Senior Member SGT Rock's Avatar
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    only when it comes to plumbing projects.
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    DIY time flies

    when you are having fun! DIY is fun, or should be. If it's not fun, why DIY?

    Just sayin'
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    Senior Member Old River Rat's Avatar
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    in all my activities, the planning and preparation are always just as exciting to me as the actual thing. i do not DIY as of yet, but i cannot wait to invest in a thread injector and give something a try. i will probably start out with simple things like stuff sacks. you can never find just the right size for the equipment it holds. so that makes stuff sacks a good start. anyway, i always enjoy posts and videos on DIY. keep em coming. thanks.

  5. #25
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrizzlyAdams View Post
    My main payback from doing DIY is in the activity itself ( an admittedly poor substitute for actually using the gear---something I can't do an hour here or an afternoon there like I can in the project room). I'm not in denial at all, I especially like taking on projects I've not done before, or try to work out how to implement a new design feature. I know making this stuff takes me a long time...that's the point!

    YMMV
    I agree. Its the research time spent figuring out how to do a project that I enjoy. That and figuring out how to make the project work once I've screwed something up. To me the point of DIY is to really understand how the item works, what kind of adjustments can be made to the standard designs and to have the knowledge to make repairs in the field (or woods!)

    All that, and it just feels good to be in the wilds with equiptment I made myself.
    --Don---

    May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. - Ed Abbey

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    Senior Member JohnSawyer's Avatar
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    I am not in denial! No way! I make gear so fast and cheap that I could have . . .um . . . well . . . worked for minimum wage and bought a BB, Burro, Phoenix, a Golite Jam, Cuben tarps, CF hiking poles, titanium cook set etc...

    So for now, I'm stuck with all this crummy gear I made and a cheap $40 pack I bought on craigslist!

    But I had fun learning and doing it!
    "Do or do not, there is no try." -- Yoda


  7. #27
    Senior Member timabababaluka's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnSawyer View Post
    So for now, I'm stuck with all this crummy gear I made and a cheap $40 pack I bought on craigslist!

    But I had fun learning and doing it!
    I love my crummy gear!
    You're gonna need a bigger hammock

  8. #28
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAD777 View Post
    Totally true! Plus, I have to cut my fabric on the floor. At 60, i can't stay down there long enough to measure and cut everything in one session. So, my projects just lay there while I try to straighten out my back over and over again!
    Have the same problem Mike. When the back gets bad enough it's time to hit the hammock. That's where I do most of my mental planning.
    Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.

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    I sure hope reading these forums doesn't count, because I'm having a big time learning from you folks.

  10. #30
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    I've kept quiet on this one so far, but here's my take. As others have stated, I get a lot of enjoyment from research, planning, and building stuff. My latest is a new tarp. I look at the cost of materials as entertainment expenses. My materials cost less than a round of golf on the weekend, and the building will keep me occupied a lot longer, and when I'm done I have free gear

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