Do It Yourself


Do it yourself, also known as DIY, is the method of building, modifying, or repairing things without the direct aid of experts or professionals.

Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul involves fixing any sort of mechanical, plumbing or electrical device should it become out of order or broken.

Do-It-Yourself Cobblestone-Look Walkway Molds from Pathmate by HSN


Academic research describes DIY as behaviors where "individuals engage raw and semi-raw materials and component parts to produce, transform, or reconstruct material possessions, including those drawn from the natural environment ".

DIY: (do it yourself) Crayon Art/ Painting by DIYsupreme


DIY behavior can be triggered by various motivations previously categorized as marketplace motivations, and identity enhancement.


The term "do-it-yourself" has been associated with consumers since at least 1912 primarily in the domain of home improvement and maintenance activities.

Home improvement, home renovation or remodeling is the process of renovating or making additions to one's home.


The phrase "do it yourself" had come into common usage by the 1950s, in reference to the emergence of a trend of people undertaking home improvement and various other small craft and construction projects as both a creative-recreational and cost-saving activity.


Subsequently, the term DIY has taken on a broader meaning that covers a wide range of skill sets.


DIY is associated with the international alternative rock, punk rock, and indie rock music scenes; indymedia networks, pirate radio stations, and the zine community.

Alternative rock is a genre of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s and 2000s.

A zine is most commonly a small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier.

The Independent Media Center is a global open publishing network of journalist collectives that report on political and social issues.


In this context, DIY is related to the Arts and Crafts movement, in that it offers an alternative to modern consumer culture's emphasis on relying on others to satisfy needs.

The Arts and Crafts movement was an international movement in the decorative and fine arts that began in Britain and flourished in Europe and North America between 1880 and 1910, emerging in Japan in the 1920s.

In cultural studies, media culture refers to the current Western capitalist society that emerged and developed from the 20th century, under the influence of mass media.

A craft is a pastime or a profession that requires particular skills and knowledge of skilled work.


The abbreviation DIY is also widely used in the military as a way to teach commanders or other types of units to take responsibility, so that they'd be able to do things themselves just as a preparation for their own future.

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