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* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', the title character accidentally damages the handlebar to Kagome's new bicycle. While she goes to school, he volunteers to fix it. Given his lack of knowledge on bicycles -- or anything else from the modern era for that matter -- things quickly [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments get out of hand]], and by the time Kagome gets home, the bike is in even worse shape.

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* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', the title character accidentally damages the handlebar to Kagome's new bicycle. While she goes to school, he volunteers to fix it. Given his lack of knowledge on bicycles -- or anything else from the modern era for that matter -- things quickly [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments get out of hand]], hand, and by the time Kagome gets home, the bike is in even worse shape.



* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'''s Al Bundy also espouses a Doom It Yourself philosophy. His family stays out of it, but sometimes he gets his NO MA'AM buddies to help him, who are all [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments just as incompetent as he is]].

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* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'''s Al Bundy also espouses a Doom It Yourself philosophy. His family stays out of it, but sometimes he gets his NO MA'AM buddies to help him, who are all [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments just as incompetent as he is]].is.



* Endlessly on ''Series/TopGear'' -- the presenters have tried to build their own electric car, space shuttle[[note]]fortunately for Creator/TheBBC's public liability insurance premiums, the rocket stages accompanying the space shuttle were outsourced to people who actually knew what they were doing[[/note]], and "Mitsubishi Evo" (nee Renault Avantime), generally for less than the cost of the real thing. Leads to a SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}} if the thing fails or a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome if it succeeds, so it's great entertainment either way.

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* Endlessly on ''Series/TopGear'' -- the presenters have tried to build their own electric car, space shuttle[[note]]fortunately for Creator/TheBBC's public liability insurance premiums, the rocket stages accompanying the space shuttle were outsourced to people who actually knew what they were doing[[/note]], and "Mitsubishi Evo" (nee Renault Avantime), generally for less than the cost of the real thing. Leads to a SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}} if the thing fails or a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome if it succeeds, so it's great entertainment either way.



* The Creator/DIYNetwork's ''Series/RenovationRealities'' is this combined with frequent SugarWiki/FunnyMoments.

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* The Creator/DIYNetwork's ''Series/RenovationRealities'' is this combined with frequent SugarWiki/FunnyMoments.''Series/RenovationRealities''.

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* On ''Series/GrandDesigns'', clients who try to save on money by being their own project managers inevitably end up causing delays and cost overruns due to their inexperience. Kevin [=McCloud=] always advocates for the hiring of proper professionals because the upfront costs are almost always cheaper than having to fix mistakes.

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* ''Series/{{Fargo}}'': PlayedForDrama when Lester, a spiteful HenPeckedHusband, tries and fails to repair the washing machine himself. His wife belittles him for it, the argument escalates, and he murders her.
-->'''Pearl:''' You killed my washing machine!\\
'''Lester:''' ''[stammers]'' ...I was being a man.\\
'''Pearl:''' But you're not a man, Lester. You're not even half a man.

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* This is the reason for the horrible broken-down state of the ''FanFic/AllGuardsmenParty'''s ship, the Occurence Border. The ship was carelessly treated by previous owners (a series of dumb or impressively unlucky Rogue Traders), and so not only is it half the length it should be (The prow fell off. Multiple times), the myriad failures in equipment have resulted in kludges kludged on top of other kludges, so absolutely ''nothing'' works as it's supposed to, and only the sticky notes put on everything by the resident engineers will give you any good directions (sometimes, at least). The ship is also very warp-tainted, and the most common fix for ''that'' is just to wall off the affected area. Tech-priests consider it an abomination in the eyes of the Omnissiah.


* In perhaps the saddest version of this, countries that have restricted abortion access [[https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/28-09-2017-worldwide-an-estimated-25-million-unsafe-abortions-occur-each-year see a rise in cases where desperate women take matters into their own hands]]...

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* In perhaps the saddest version of this, countries that have restricted abortion access [[https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/28-09-2017-worldwide-an-estimated-25-million-unsafe-abortions-occur-each-year see a rise in cases where desperate women take matters into their own hands]]...

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*Firearms enthusiasts have their own name for this; they will often describe a poorly or hideously modified gun as the work of "Bubba Gunsmith", or say that the gun has been "Bubba'd".


* In perhaps the saddest version of this, countries that have restricted abortion access [[http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/unsafe_abortion/magnitude/en/ see a rise in cases where desperate women take matters into their own hands]]...

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* In perhaps the saddest version of this, countries that have restricted abortion access [[http://www.[[https://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/unsafe_abortion/magnitude/en/ int/news-room/detail/28-09-2017-worldwide-an-estimated-25-million-unsafe-abortions-occur-each-year see a rise in cases where desperate women take matters into their own hands]]...


** The correspondent received very little sympathy from the editors. In short, he was trying to install RAM while the system ''was still turned on.''

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** The correspondent received very little sympathy NoSympathy from the editors. In short, he was trying to install RAM while the system ''was still turned on.''


* WesternAnimation/{[Rugrats}} mentions this with a kid Stu. According to Grandpa Lou, somehow, Stu managed to get, quote, "nine stitches and a case of pinkeye" from changing a refrigerator light-bulb.

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* WesternAnimation/{[Rugrats}} WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}} mentions this with a kid Stu. According to Grandpa Lou, somehow, Stu managed to get, quote, "nine stitches and a case of pinkeye" from changing a refrigerator light-bulb.light-bulb.
* WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman attempted to fix up his family's old vacation home in Michigan. Suffice to say, his neighbor eventually bails him out.


** Charlie [[SpeciesSurname Bear]], from a segment of the show, always tries (and [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption fail]]) to do things by himself to save money. Of course, that includes things his wife would rather call a plumber.
** Andy Panda's father tried to tar his roof to save the money he'd have to spend if he hired a professional. Seeing the results would make Mrs. Bear glad she's not Mrs. Panda.

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** Charlie [[SpeciesSurname Bear]], Beary]], from a segment of the show, always tries (and [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption fail]]) fails]]) to do things difficult chores by himself to save money. Of course, that includes things money, such as working on the pipes when his wife would rather call a plumber.
** Andy Panda's father tried to tar his roof to save the money he'd have to spend if he hired a professional. Seeing the results would make Mrs. Bear Beary glad she's not Mrs. Panda.


*A NoodleIncident in the ''Webcomic/KillLaKillAU'' fanfic, ''Breaking and Entering'', mentions something like this happening to Ragyo. She tried to fix a microwave and got a screwdriver in her hand for her trouble.



* One of the WebAnimation/DumbWaysToDie is "Do your own electrical work."

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* One of the WebAnimation/DumbWaysToDie is "Do your own electrical work."" From the same vid, we get the guy who tried to teach himself how to fly. It ends as well as you expect.



* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SittingDucks'' had the main duck try to install a satelite TV dish by himself. Not only does [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity Ensue]], but his antics make the news, where the anchorman (Er, duck) refers to him as a 'hapless do-it-yourselfer'.

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SittingDucks'' had the main duck try to install a satelite satellite TV dish by himself. Not only does [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity Ensue]], but his antics make the news, where the anchorman (Er, duck) refers to him as a 'hapless do-it-yourselfer'.


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*WesternAnimation/{[Rugrats}} mentions this with a kid Stu. According to Grandpa Lou, somehow, Stu managed to get, quote, "nine stitches and a case of pinkeye" from changing a refrigerator light-bulb.

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', what Harrenhal probably needs to get fixed up properly is a major cash injection, mass evacuation, a good six or more decades of constant scaffolding and an army of masons, carpenters, blacksmiths, plasters, plumbers and all their suppliers. Failing that: ten years and a wrecking crew would do to start back at scratch. What it generally gets is... bodge jobs on a budget that never address any of its core issues because no lord it has had since Harren the Black built it can afford to anything else.


* ''Franchise/{{Emergency}}'' has an episode where the paramedic truck breaks down and the Paramedics decide to fix it themselves, much to the annoyance of the regular mechanic who doesn't appreciate them doing his job. Sure enough, the truck keeps breaking down which forces them to abort dispatches. The mechanic eventually solves the problem and the Station Captain bluntly tells the paramedics to leave future mechanical problems to him.

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* ''Franchise/{{Emergency}}'' ''Series/{{Emergency}}'' has an episode where the paramedic truck breaks down and the Paramedics decide to fix it themselves, much to the annoyance of the regular mechanic who doesn't appreciate them doing his job. Sure enough, the truck keeps breaking down which forces them to abort dispatches. The mechanic eventually solves the problem and the Station Captain bluntly tells the paramedics to leave future mechanical problems to him.

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* ''Series/HomeImprovement'' played with this, as Tim was perfectly capable of making reasonable repairs around the house, but [[TimTaylorTechnology his obsession with "more power!"]] often got the better of him.


* "When Father Papered the Parlour", which debuted in 1910, begins in the approved manner with Father announcing that it would be wasteful to pay professionals when he can do the job himself, and continues on with several verses' worth of disaster, including the misterious disappearance of the piano, and a glue catastrophe that results in one of the daughters having to be hurriedly married off to her boyfriend because they've become literally inseperable.

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* "When Father Papered the Parlour", which debuted in 1910, begins in the approved manner with Father announcing that it would be wasteful to pay professionals when he can do the job himself, and continues on with several verses' worth of disaster, including the misterious mysterious disappearance of the piano, and a glue catastrophe that results in one of the daughters having to be hurriedly married off to her boyfriend because they've become literally inseperable.

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