DIY Problem Solving Should Include Kith and Kin
Not always the first step, not always the last step. But there is no intelligence like local intelligence. The paint guy at Mutual Ace hardware and I know each other by name. The cashiers at Craftwood Lumber and the guys who work the lumber counter there know me as well. It's not that I do that much business. But, when they are not busy, I have run ideas past them. Neighbors here discuss improvement and fix up projects., I've helped people; they have helped me. I';ve helped teach this skill to my kids and they have profited by it If you don't know someone local, the sites: meetup.com and rentafriend.com can help this.
The skill is being lost; otherwise I wouldf not mention what used to be obvious.