Spring for the delivery
To save the lumberyard's $20 fee and second-day delivery, I borrowed my brother's hatchback to pick up a bunch of 2x4s. I slid the lumber in from the rear, over the back seat, past the passenger seat, and onto the dashboard. Happy about the fit and looking forward to riding home with the AC on, I closed the hatchback with a little shove. That's when the door pushed the slightly too long lumber right through the front windshield. The new glass ended up costing $500—twice as much as the materials and 25 times what it would have cost to have the yard deliver it.
—Mark Powers, Senior Technical Editor