DIY Don’ts: What Not To Do When Doing It Yourself
Why pay the professionals when you can buckle down and deal with any maintenance and home improvement work yourself? If you are halfway competent with a screwdriver and a paintbrush, and you know one type of wrench from another, then you may as well try your hand at DIY, as you might save money this way.
Notice we underlined the word ‘might,’ as we did this for a reason. Curbing the expense of a professional repairman could help you save money, but then again, if you make any silly blunders, you might end up having to pay out more to put right whatever you did wrong. This might even include calling out the professionals to fix your mistakes. With that in mind then, consider the tips we give you in this article. With a few suggestions on what not to do when doing it yourself, you should be better equipped for whatever jobs you have to take on at home.
- Don’t rush into something
For a DIY project to be completed successfully, you should spend time in planning and research. This involves using the resources you have available to you, be that instruction manuals you can download from the internet, YouTube tutorial videos, advice from an experienced friend or family member, or a book you can pick up from the library. Get as much information as possible, and only when you are equipped with the knowledge needed for your particular situation, set about on your project. This is better than rushing headlong into something without a proper understanding of the right tools you need for the job (more in a moment), and an ignorance of the risks involved in your tasks.
- Don’t use the inappropriate tools for the job
Again, this is where research comes in. While you might assume you have what you need to hand, you should still check the stats of your equipment. This is illustrated in this article on the DEWALT DCF885, a cordless impact driver that is compared with lesser models. As you can see within the article, while there might appear to be little difference, this particular model is better suited to heavier duty tasks than some of its counterparts. Check out the article to find out more. Apply this lesson to any tools you might use. To ensure you get the job done quicker and with better results, do the appropriate research, so you are only armed with the best pieces of equipment for your DIY project.
- Don’t be a cheapskate
When it comes to your tools and other supplies, you need to put quality before cost. Buying a cheap tool that might only break after a few days of use, or purchasing cheap glue that has less sticking power than a wet sponge, will cause you problems in the long run. You will only have to replace the tools you bought, and you might even have to redo your DIY project again should the materials you have used prove less than adequate. You don’t want to have to spend more than you should in the long-term, and you don’t want to do a job twice, so while it’s perfectly okay to shop around for the fairest prices, remember to always buy something built to last, even if you do have to spend more at the outset. It will be cheaper for you in the long run.
- Don’t take shortcuts
This goes back to our previous point about planning and research. You need to follow step-by-step instructions, so don’t be tempted to take shortcuts to save time. You might only end up with a cabinet door that falls from its hinges or a shelving unit that collapses otherwise. If you do want to save time, bring in experienced friends and family members to help you, because as the saying goes, many hands make lighter work. You might even bring in a professional if you are weak in any particular area of the project you are trying to complete. Your task will then be completed in double-quick time, which is a better way of hurrying the process than taking shortcuts to complete the job faster.
- Don’t risk your personal safety
We can’t stress this enough; ALWAYS put your safety first with whatever DIY project you are taking on. If you don’t take the necessary precautions, you could do yourself an injury or even lose your life as a consequence. So, our first piece of advice is this. Know what you can and can’t do. There are some household projects that are best left to the professionals, which, as can be seen in the linked article, include roofing repairs, electrical wiring, and more complicated plumbing jobs. If you are qualified in any of these areas, then fine, but if not, don’t attempt them! Our second piece of advice is a no-brainer; always use the right pieces of safety equipment. If you’re using power tools, always wear safety goggles. If you are working beneath scaffolding, ensure you are wearing a hard hat. And if you’re working in areas of high dust, or when you’re working with chemical products, wear a dust mask or a respirator to protect your breathing. These are only examples, so check the following link for other types of safety equipment. It’s better to be safe than sorry, after all.
- Don’t risk the safety of others
We are thinking about your family members, including your pets, as even if they’re not working for you (hint: dogs aren’t great at DIY), you should still think about their safety as well as your own. This includes keeping your workspace tidy, so during and after working, ensure there is nothing lying around that could cause harm to somebody else. Tape down electrical cords and securely lock away any dangerous tools that your children could get hold of. Clean up any spills or piles of debris. And place barriers around work areas, so your family knows where not to enter.
We wish you every success with the DIY projects you take on, but be mindful of what we have suggested. Disaster might strike if you don’t, and that might prove costly, on both a personal and financial level.
Let us know if you have any further tips for our readers.