You saw it on YouTube,
you must know more than me!
I'm sorry that you feel that you have a better understanding of this project than I do, you are going to have to do it without me. It's not that the project isn't worthwhile because it really needs to be done. If you are going to do this without building permits than you will need to find another contractor.
I know that I can bring a lot of knowledge and experience to a home improvement project, many contractors have been through a bunch of jobs and learn. A contractor risks a lot when working on a job that will not have permits through the county or city. By doing a small portion, I may be liable for much more than I bargained for.
The best that I can do is to explain why I can not do this job as it is being done. If nothing changes, I will not be a part of it. If you need the job done right, with permits, I can help. There will be no compromise here.
Too often homeowners watch television or YouTube and feel that this is something anybody can slap together with ease. Unfortunately, experience can show that it is much more than watching someone do it, ordering a bunch of fixtures, and learning as you go. Many times the homeowner is over their head before they realize it. That was the case here.