My aunt wings everything and she ends up calling me to fix the things that setup in a wrong way. I usually take time to read the manual and follow the steps to the tee. When do we follow the instructions and when can we improvise?
I always read the instructions first, but I look at them as guidelines rather than directions that are set in stone. I'll veer off track if I think using a different fastening or build technique would work better. I'll also make a substitution if what I already have on hand is similar to what the instructions call for. I've had a couple of DIY fails, but things usually work out okay.
Thanks for your inputs. I've asked my aunt about this topic as I got curious about why she doesn't read the manual. She said that that was how she grew up with. They don't have manuals in the old days and you just have to figure out how to put things together.