Do-it-yourself or DIY in short, has still not picked up as a whole in Asia, including Malaysia, as compared to the more developed countries in the west. This is probably due to the fact that labour is still cheap and you can always pay someone to do the work for you.
It's a different story all-together here in the UK. A call to the plumber to fix a leaking pipe can sometimes set you back by at least £50 - and that's the minimum. My last car service cost me more than £100. It's no wonder that our landlord did most of the repair work in our house, himself.
I am slowly picking up my DIY skills as well and am slowly building up my collection of various tools. I am slowly learning from my mistakes. For example, one of our doors needed repainting. Painting a door sounds simple or so I thought. "All you have to do is take a brush dip it in the paint and swipe it across the wood." I ended up dripping paint everywhere and when the paint dried, there were run marks everywhere. I wish I had gone to DoitYourself.com - an online community with thousands of articles and over 100 active forums on various DIY home improvement topics such as "how to install ceramic tile?"and of course, painting tips and tools as well. This is an open community and totally free to join in. As they say, "knowledge is power" and I would like to add, saves money as well. I would definitely love to get my hands on their "DoItYourself" DVD.