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Stonemason 02-01-2011 08:24 PM

18 Year Old Looking For DIY Ideas.
Hi everybody.

I'm an 18 year old, first year university student. I was thinking about my future today, and I realized, although I fully intend to get a good education and a decent job, I don't want to expel most of my life resources on intensive education to get an intensive job. I don't think being a doctor, lawyer, or professor is my calling.

I'm more the kind of guy who'd rather get an interesting and rewarding job with a more easy going schedule, such as a therapsit or a marrage counsellor, and spend free time pursuing wealth in other ways.

From what I know, DIY is a great way of pursuing wealth in other ways. You don't get a paycheck, but you do get a boost in your lifestyle, a feeling of peace and pride in you work, and the opportunity help out your friends and family. :)

When I own a home, I'd like to have a big room in my basement devoted to things like:
-Brewing my own beer and liquor.
-Growing my own tea leaves.
-Tailoring repairs in my family's clothes.
-Making my own incense. (incense is similar to scented candles)
-Making my own perfumes and colognes.

I was also thinking I'd love to change my own oil, air filters, and windshield wipers on my car. I don't know how to do these things yet, but it just seems kinda silly to pay someone else to do it when it's quick and easy to do it yourself.

Anyway, I thought I'd like to share my thoughts to a likeminded group of people and hear what others suggest I could also do to make DIY part of my life.

What are your thoughts?

Gary in WA 02-01-2011 09:50 PM

Welcome to the forum! The "Introductions" is just that, a little about yourself... Try and re-post any questions in the "Off Topic" section for better answers and discussion...

Glad to have you aboard.


oh'mike 02-01-2011 09:51 PM

Welcome--There is a unique satisfaction from doing things yourself.

It is nice to see how many doctors and bankers that are advanced wood workers.

You will fit right in---Mike---

AtlanticWBConst. 02-07-2011 12:45 PM

Howdy and Welcome.

Scuba_Dave 02-11-2011 08:56 AM

Welcome to the site !

Scalloway 02-12-2011 03:47 PM

Welcome! I would start off by building small DIY projects to help you work up to the big one (the basement). You can probably find things around the house that need a patch up or if you have younger siblings you might want to build a fort / playhouse for them. These are all suggestions for a beginner, wish you the best of luck!

Millertyme 02-12-2011 04:47 PM

welcome to the site. You can find it all here. It definitely helps being a handyman. The best way to learn is trial and error. If something goes wrong or if something breaks, take it apart and see how it works. If you rely on other people to get things done you will never learn a thing.If your trying something for the 1st time look it up online...its your best resource nowadays. Good luck

Wethead 02-12-2011 05:00 PM

Hey man@


Do you like fixing things like pumps, plumbing and stuff like that?

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