HOME ASSEMBLY: DIY or Hire a professional? Three things to consider before you begin

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   Bob Gary with his expertly assembled easel

By Mich Michaud

Have you ever bought something that needs assembly

opened it up and thought, crap, there is no way I can put this together? Well, you wouldn’t be alone.

When it comes to ready to assemble furniture, in the U.S. — a $13.8 billion industry—many of those products making it home to an unsuspecting consumer with little to no knowledge about assembling products.

Bob Gary bought his wife an easel, thinking it would be a snap to assemble.

“I worked on this thing for more than an hour – used curse words and sprained a couple of joints. Then I called Assemblers – Fred needed 15 minutes to clean up my mess and build the piece perfectly. Well done.”

When I got home, unpacked it and saw it in pieces, I guess I thought it was assembled in the box and would simply unfold when I unboxed it. That’ll teach me!” said Bob Gary about his recent purchase.

What happens next is anyone’s game.

Some products make it to assembly with extra parts leftover, some are returned and still others sit in the corner in a huddled mass with no hope for the future they were intended for.

Gary admits he did try to put the easel together, then thought better about it,

“It’s either going to be destroyed by a rank amateur – me – or assembled by a pro. So here I am, calling Assemblers, Inc, a reputable residential assembly company.”

So, what kind of things should Gary have considered before trying to assemble the easel for his wife? Tim Robinson, an operations manager for Assemblers, Inc. has boiled it down to three important factors:

  1. “Usually, Items that say, “Easy Assembly” will be quite a challenge to assemble,” said Robinson. “It’s kind of a joke in the industry, the easier they say it is to assemble, the harder it most likely will be.
  2. If the dimensions of the Item to be assembled are large, and the box is small, that would indicate that the item has a lot of pieces and could be a difficult assembly,” said Robinson. In other words, beware of large things in small boxes.
  3. Items with lots of tiny boxes inside means you’ll be sorting screws to find the correct size for the task at hand. “If you don’t have a decent size tool kit (correct tools) it may not be a good idea to attempt the assembly.

Operations Manager Tim Robinson, says he loves math

Tim says that sometimes the products will have small tools included but says it’s a horrible idea to use those tools because they rarely work which will make the entire process very frustrating.

“I always think I can put something together, but what I’ve learned is that I just need to call in the professionals the first time. It saves me time and we could have had our easel up and working for my wife faster,” said Gary.

Thinking better of your purchase? Contact us, and we’ll help you out, today! We put it all together!

-Mich Michaud