Top Tips for DIY Dodgers
It turns out that Britain is a nation of DIY dodgers! Basic home improvement skills are in decline, as a survey has revealed most people aren’t confident enough to carry out minor repairs in their property. Over half of people won’t even attempt to put up a shelf!
This means that people are also spending money on jobs they could easily do themselves – the average person has wasted £300 in the last year on jobs which could have been a DIY task. Moreover, DIY when attempted it going wrong, as tradesmen predict they spend 20 minutes a day fixing and repairing botched DIY jobs.
Surely most homeowners have good intentions – but is it worth the risk of it all going pear shaped? Many people obviously feel it’s not, and choose to splash out on a professional for nearly everything in the home. But surely redecorating once in a while and changing a fuse or putting up a shelf can’t be too much for us to handle? We’ve put together some tips for those that tend to shy away from the toolbox.
Be prepared for the worst
Often what can go wrong, does go wrong, so instead of giving up just be prepared for the worst. Always have all your tools, paint and whatever else you need to hand to correct any emergencies immediately. For example, a simple paint job can even give you nightmares but with the right tools it’s easy. To stop paint splashes on the ceiling, always have the ceiling paint close by and a cloth. If the roller causes a splash, quickly wipe it off and paint over in the ceiling paint as soon as possible. Simple!
Top tip: Things go wrong all the time, it’s about knowing the DIY hacks to fix it. For example, if you drill a hole too large, plug it with matchsticks. (Remove the head first). This will make it easier for the screw or hinge to sit in the hole.
The internet is your friend – there is so much advice out there, from DIY Doctor to handyman videos on YouTube. Whatever DIY question you have, just ask Google and you’re sure to get an answer. You’ll also find help from family members and friends – don’t be afraid to ask! Everyone learnt from somewhere.
Safety precautions are even more important when you don’t really know what you’re doing. Weaar goggles and gloves when operating machinery and a dust mask if you are sawing wood or in a dusty environment. Be very careful on ladders – these are one of the main causes of DIY accidents. If you are doing anything electrical, make sure you turn off the power and wear rubber soled shoes.
Do you have any other DIY tips to share?