DIY'ers: Try Do-It-Together (DIT)
How many times have you wanted to do a simple home improvement project but didn't have the right tools or equipment, or the skills?
Once, I wanted to install light at the end of my driveway. I had to dig a trench alongside the driveway from the garage, lay down pipes and wires, and install the light. I could do everything except for all the digging. I contacted an electrician to do the job, but he quoted a prohibitive price for the whole job and didn’t want to do the trench portion only. I thought about renting a trencher and giving it a try but didn't want to take a chance in case of underground water and gas pipes. I ended up using a low voltage landscaping light which didn't require much digging.
I thought, what if someone (including carpenters, and handymen) in my community had the skills and equipment to do this portion of the job for me? They could offer the equipment for rent with an extra service fee to operate. I would gladly compensate that person, who is in my community, for the equipment, transportation, and hourly rate to do the digging. It would be a win-win-win for me, the other person, and the community. After all, we are keeping the money local and doing the job together.