About DIY with Wayne
Hello, I’m Wayne your host of DIY with Wayne.
I was a DIY’er before it was popular. Growing up, both my parents worked in textile mills. Later my dad became a truck driver. These are not occupations that will make you wealthy. We had decent cars and house, but finances were always a struggle. As a result, my Mom and Dad did all they could to NOT hire someone for anything. They “Did It Their Self”.
My Dad was always teaching me how to fix things and I “took to it”. For my 13th birthday, all I wanted was my own set of tools. Mom and Dad stepped up to the challenge and got me my own set of Craftsman Tools. I still have almost every piece!
When I was 15, my Dad died in a trucking accident. In addition to her grief, my mom was dealing with tremendous financial pressure. This put more pressure on me to do all I could around the house. My Dad was a good teacher, but I was only 15. I continued in his footsteps as best as I could learning all the way.
About age 16 or 17, Mom purchased me a set of Popular Mechanics Encyclopedia. I still have them and have used them a great deal, but not much in recent years. They provided me with a wealth of knowledge on building and repairing things. Remember, NO INTERNET BACK THEN! This was the early 1970’s.
By age 18 I had built my own fishing boat from plans in the Popular Mechanics Encyclopedia. Here is a photo of me next to the boat I built. Another big project early was at age 21, I removed a shower and installed a tub/shower combination in my house. That was over 40 years ago, and I still enjoy doing things myself.