A couple of years ago my air conditioning system needed to be redone. The book that I found as my guide and mentor told me that anyone can do it by following the instructions. I realized later that anyone was probably the name of the guy who had written the manual and it was most definitely not me.
I had to eventually get professional help after almost destroying the complete thing and my wife was there to add insult to my injury. My injured sole of a do it yourself man.
Recently our roof cladding needed replacement and I got ready to do it myself, but my wife reminded me that it was not a job for me to do. I felt the stab right at my heart but still went out to find the right DIY home improvement guidance from a guru.
The hardware store guided me to the roof cladding section, where when I told them that I wish to do it myself, they provided me with a CD to watch first and then decide if it was something that I could accomplish by myself or I would need professional assistance.
I went home and watched the CD and realized that if Mr. Anyone had gone into the details in his book as were shown in the video CD I would have been able to do the complete project by myself. I watched the video two more times and then made out my list of things to do.
This started from taking measurements and assessment of the required material to the details of getting the smallest items needed. I actually made one single trip to the hardware store and watched the CD almost infinite times before and during the work. Believe me that I was able to install roof claddings in the most perfect way which any professional would have claimed to do and charged heavily for it.