Oh, I’ve wanted to write this post for a long time. Because as much as I believe that most things are safer/healthier/cheaper/tastier when DIY’d rather than purchased, there are just some things that I just won’t take on myself. For example:
1. Croissants. Have you ever looked at a croissant recipe? Mon dieu, those little pastries are involved. In The Joy of Cooking, the recipe takes up more than a page – and the only ingredients involved are flour, butter, milk, yeast, salt and sugar. The rest of the copy is devoted to explaining how to beat up butter, and knead dough, and refrigerate and fold and roll and refrigerate and fold and roll and refrigerate and fold and roll and refrigerate and bake. Just reading about it makes me tired. So I leave croissants to the professionals.
2. Massage. I’m a firm believer in the benefits of massage. A good, professional massage therapist can help resolve all manner of aliments: headaches, running injuries, backaches, even chronic pain. And a good portion of why they’re so effective is because they use their hands for healing. When someone touches you in a caring way, that alone can help improve your health. For example, studies have shown people who have their hand held by a friend during scary or painful medical procedures experience less pain and fear than those who don’t have a hand to hold. And that’s just one area of study – there are others, of course. And you cannot get that effect yourself. (Unless… [Insert tasteless multiple-personality joke here.]) ANYWAY. Massage is best left to a general Someone Else to get the benefits of touch, and to a massage therapist in particular to get the most effective pain relief.
3. Large-Scale Electrical Work. Last year, Rob and I refinished our basement. Well, we hired someone to help us with parts of it, after we had a very long debate about DIY or buy. It was the electrical re-wiring that needed to happen (including: add 10 lights, 5 new outlets, 3 new switches, a new circuit and a new breaker) that sealed our Buy decision. Because electricity is dangerous when you don’t know what you’re doing, and sometimes even when you do. Small-scale things – putting in a new outlet, for example, or adding a light fixture – are DIY-able if you’re careful. But even when you have a good layman’s understanding of how electrical wiring works, a small mistake could mean immediate electrocution (and possible death!) or, later on, a very destructive fire. (The latter happened in my childhood home, so I speak from experience here.)
Agree? Disagree? What are the three things you absolutely won’t DIY?
(Thanks to ze_nuno for the flickr photo.)