Value Added

My 2009 Honda Pilot was a testbed for pursuing DIY solutions when trouble arose. The secret ingredient was YouTube.

It started with a cabin filter change. The dealer wanted $75 to replace this piece of cardboard. I watched a YouTube tutorial and did it myself for $11 all in. The sense of satisfaction far exceeded the money savings.

The most impressive fix involved replacing the entire rear taillight housing after a hit and run driver shattered the one I had. Twenty minutes with YouTube and a $56 part from Amazon avoided an insurance claim and days of being without the car.

In the days before YouTube, there was an equally valuable DIY resource. I’m talking about the wise fellows that worked at the neighborhood hardware stores.

Sure, you could get the materials cheaper across town at a big box store. What you couldn’t get was the added value of a how-to masterclass.

This portrait was created with one of those elders who knew the ins and outs. I’m not sure if he’s still there, but the store is still there selling quality materials with a side of knowledge.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.