From Flash Drives to HD Video: When Should DIY Stop?

From Flash Drives to HD Video: When Should DIY Stop?

Taryn Williford
Jul 6, 2009

We love a quick fix or a home remedy as much as the next guy, but when we saw posts out in the blogosphere about a DIY HD projector, we had to take pause. A kit, sold by German firm G&P Optoelectronics, promises a fully customizable DIY HD projector for around $700. Money's tight and all, but shouldn't you just go without the projector before trying to play Mr.-Electronics-Manufacturer in your living room?

We love DIY projects. The often simple, cheap and unexpected solutions to everyday problems can save you money and sanity and also provide for a productive Saturday afternoon.

When you need a monitor stand, like the one above (left), it's good to know that you can head down to Ikea and DIY one (yes, it's a verb now because we said so) for $20.

Or when you realize you've got too many extension cords tangled up in the drawer, we love the show-off-worthy DIY solution above (right) using a toilet roll and some cool wrapping paper.

But at the point where you're trying to DIY an HD projector, don't you think things are a little out of hand? How far would you DIY? What home tech, storage and accessories are better left bought new from stores? Let us know in the comments!

Image from colros at Flickr with a Creative Commons license.

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