We all enjoy the feeling of completing a project ourselves.
It allows us to learn new skills and potentially save money. DIY (Do It
Yourself) projects aren’t necessarily as easy as they might sound. There are
several rules you should follow before you start whipping out the tools.
Although a DIY job implies you’ll be doing most of the work,
it might be a smarter idea to hire a handyman to do some of the tougher work
Whether you decide to get help or not, here are some general
do’s and don’ts for anyone starting a new DIY project.
Research and preparation are the two most important things
to cover before you start swinging hammers or flinging paint around.
Knowing the proper materials required and having a list of
well researched instructions are critical to the success of your project. Surveying
your tools and making sure they are all in working order is essential for both
efficiency as well as your safety.
If you’re doing it yourself you may as well do yourself a
favour and plan out the task ahead.
DON’T Race to Finish
You’re not competing on The Block after all, so there’s no
need to rush the job. A project you haven’t done carefully or cut corners with
is less likely to produce the desired result.
This means more work down the line when things don’t look
good or begin to fall apart. One of the best aspects of a DIY project is that
you can usually do it in your own timeframe. Take advantage of this fact and
make sure the job is done properly.
DO Have Safety Products
One of the biggest risks in a DIY project is your own
health, especially if you don’t have much of a background in construction.
You’ll likely be dealing with many heavy tools or materials and accidents
happen to even the most experienced tradesperson.
Making sure you have things like a first aid kit, goggles
and earmuffs are some basic precautions to keep yourself protected during the
project. Fire hazards should also be prepared for by having a fire extinguisher
and fire blanket handy.
DON’T Be Afraid to Ask for Help
Even if you have prepared properly and take your time with a
project, it’s easy to get stumped from time to time. Asking for help from a friend or neighbour
who has some experience is always a useful strategy and doesn’t diminish the
work that you do. If you’re encountering some more complex work, or need a
quick repair, it’s a smart move to hire a handyman.
DO Have Fun
A DIY project should be an enjoyable learning experience for
you. Setbacks will occur and it’s better to laugh at your mistakes than dwell
on them or give up. A DIY project doesn’t need to be done alone as it can be a
great way to involve friends and family in different capacities. It can be a great way to teach a child some
basics about tool safety and allow them to feel useful. DIY projects are not
always easy but they sure are rewarding. While there are some general rules to
follow, it’s best to remember that the task is yours to do with what you want.
And if it doesn’t turn out the way you like, you can always hire a handyman to
fix it for you.