Captain DIY


Hark! I Hear A Cannon!

Why preparing for a major event doesn’t always work, but is still super important

Need A Tool? Go To A Tool Library!

Looking to save some $ on your next DIY project? Instead of buying expensive tools, borrow them!

How To: Do Thanksgiving

Whether you’re cutting the turkey or cutting the cheese, this guide is for you!

Captain DIY on Bigger Pockets Money

The Captain talks with Scott Trench and Mindy Jensen about all kinds of good stuff!

How To Learn How To Do Anything

You can learn anything, but you can’t learn everything.

Childbirth as a DIY Metaphor

Sometimes your project goes well, sometimes it doesn’t. Same with childbirth and finances.

Tools Every Homeowner Should Have

A short list of the bare essentials. Be prepared to maintain!

Captain DIY Screws Up At Life

I fell into an insidious trap, and found my life going on without me because of it. Don’t let this happen to you!

Why I Have a Big Stupid Hot Tub

Some things bring enough value to our lives to warrant ridiculous luxury. This is my one thing.

3 Simple Steps to Financial Literacy

Or, Don’t Be A Financial Weenie

Zen and the Art of Home Repair

A brief exercise to clear your mind of the frustrations of everyday life. May prevent unnecessary breaking of stuff.

Reaching for FI on a Median Salary

Not everyone in the Financial Independence community is pulling in big bucks, and that’s ok!

College vs. the Trades: An Educational Cost Comparison

How do the numbers play out between learning a trade and getting a degree?

The Many Benefits of Hard Physical Labor

There is so much more to gain than just the end result!

DIY Portable Projector (with 100″ screen!)

Justin from gives us an in-depth look into an impressive (and cheap) DIY project of his.

Turning Negative Influence into Positive Growth

You are the average of the 5 people with whom you spend the most time x your reaction to their influence

How I Developed My DIY Skills

Take a look into the many careers of Captain DIY and see how I learned how to do stuff!

The Pros and Cons of Self-Employment

Not sure if you should strike out on your own or keep working for the man? Me either!

Side Hustle Road: Is it the Right Road for You?

We talk a lot about side hustles in the FI community, but they aren’t for everyone. And that’s ok!