Are You Making These DIY Mistakes?

Do it yourselfers don’t do it themselves just to save money. That may be the least of their reasons for taking on a project.  They do it because: they believe that they can; they enjoy a challenge; they saw someone do it on TV.Many believe that given a proper set of instructions, completing any job is possible.

What new do it yourselfers end up learning the hard way, is that the task that they’ve taken on is almost always harder than it looks.
The unexpected are the only things that you can really count on when beginning a do it yourself project.

DIY Mistakes

The unintended results can be humorous, dangerous, and even disastrous.  Avoiding common errors can save time and money, so it pays to research your project well so that you can avoid repeating the errors that others have already made. Using the Wrong Tools Do it yourselfers often make their work much harder on themselves than it has to be because they don’t have the right tools.

This isn’t surprising, since the nature of a do it yourself project is that it’s something that you don’t usually do, so why would you have the tools? Buying good tools can be expensive, so do it yourselfers are likely to try to make do with what they have on hand.  This is a mistake.  When it comes to tools: Think of tool purchases as investments that will pay dividends for this project and the projects that follow; Buy professional tools if you can – they are worth it; buy the specific tool for your project.

If the DIY guide calls for a tool that you don’t have, don’t settle for a substitute. Being in a Hurry to Finish There’s a hint of excitement when preparing for that weekend project. Envisioning the completed job is encouragement enough for most to get the ball rolling.  By Saturday night, the project is far from done, the muscles ache, and the earlier excitement has turned to panic.

“I’ll never finish! “Ways to avoid finding yourself in this unpleasant situation include: Plan properly. Overestimate the time that it will take to complete each phase of your project. If you end up finishing early, there’s no harm done; know your limitations. If you’re not used to the rigors of painting, know that your Day Two will be far less productive than your Day One; Buy all of your supplies before you start.

Interrupting your work for those unexpected trips to the hardware store will hurt your momentum and rob you of the drive to go on. Doing Your Math Everyone has heard the advice: “Measure twice; cut once.”  Unfortunately, even the taking of a half a dozen measurements before cutting is no guarantee of success.

Projects with a lot of cutting, angles, and calculations can stymie even those who aren’t mathematically challenged.  While in the midst of a project, the importance of careful attention to math is often overlooked. You’ll Need Materials Too! Materials can be expensive. Other than your time, which many do it your selfes fail to include in their cost -benefit analysis, materials are the costliest part of any project.  There are always cheap alternatives, but choosing to go cheap on materials can ruin your project.

Don’t skimp. Trying to Do It All by Yourself Even do it your selfes need help. And it doesn’t have to be someone working alongside of you for the entire project. Having an extra pair of hands available for those moments when your two hands alone won’t do, can be invaluable. For larger projects, it’s best to enlist a friend or neighbor to help.  Volunteer to work with them on their project in return.  Teamwork speeds the process and has the added benefit of a second pair of eyes to spot potential problems before they become real ones. Author Bio Mike Tanner is DIY enthusiast who contributes to – a home and family products review site.

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