With tons of DIY shows and books and, of course, countless videos on Youtube teaching us everything from dishwasher repair to brain surgery, many of us are going the do-it-yourself route for a lot of projects. I've been pretty successful with many projects that I've gotten internet guidance from. Basic things with my car (changing rotors, brake pads, water pump, starter, etc.) and tons of electronics projects. Saturday, I was wishing I would have called someone else for a stereo install in my car.

I bought a new Android-powered deck from China which suits my needs pretty well, but I didn't want to spring for the pro installation. I looked through the steps and it was all pretty basic stuff. I'm handy with a soldering iron and electronics in general, so wiring that stuff wasn't intimidating. I've got no issues taking apart a dash either. However, it turns out that I do have an issue with reassembling a dash. After several failed attempts and a long stream of profanity, I finally gave up on getting this radio installed properly in my dash. It's in there...it plays, but it looks terrible and it's driving me crazy. I'm going to have to break down and call someone to fix this properly before I end up doing some irreparable damage to my dash.

What DIY project did you start that you wished you hadn't? Did you call a pro or just give up?

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