I'm fairly experienced in led strip, have been using it for in car and under car lighting for 10+ years.. Completely under stand how frustrating it can be to repair and work with.. took me years to find a reliable way to do undercar lighting with rgb strip that didn't need some sort of repair every couple of months..
All in all the electrical side of this hobby is the part i'm most comfortable with. If i can solve my problems with a multi meter/oscilloscope thats my happy place!! lol (all be it that i'm colourblind lol) It's the networking and computer part including the sequencing that i'm scared of..