DIY comes naturally to some people but others are completely out of their depth. Even the most basic of tasks like putting up a shelf can quickly turn to disaster and before you know it, you’ve got a bunch of holes in the wall and a wonky plank of wood drilled into it. You might be tempted to just give up and call somebody in to do it for you, but there’s no need to give up that easily. Anybody can be good at DIY if you just follow these simple rules.
Choose Tools Carefully
When you’re buying tools it’s tempting to just go for the cheapest stuff, especially if you only use them occasionally. Tools vary in price by quite a lot and it’s hard to know what to go for. The stuff at the very top end can cost you upwards of £1000 for a decent set. There’s no need for you to spend that much because those tools are designed for tradesmen that are going to be using them every single day. However, if you get a drill for £30, it’s not going to last. It’ll break fairly soon and it’ll be a lot harder to do a good job with it. You want to be landing somewhere in the middle and spending around £75 on a decent power tool.
Stock Up On DIY Staples
A good chef has a stock of basic ingredients in their kitchen like flour, salt and pepper and spices etc. If you’re going to get good at DIY, you need to treat your toolbox in the same way. As well as a decent set of tools, you need to stock up on things like screws and fixings, general adhesives and sealants, and fillers. You’re going to use these basic items on most DIY jobs and if you don’t have them to hand, you’ll probably end up grabbing something else that isn’t really suitable which will result in a sub-par job or even a DIY disaster.
Don’t Just Jump In
Even if a job seems simple, the worst thing you can do is throw caution to the wind and grab your tools. Every single job requires planning and it’s often the difference between success and failure. Make sure that you’re taking the time to measure and mark things properly, do it twice if you’re unsure, there’s no need to rush. Once you’ve planned the job itself, get everything you need out ready so you’re not stopping halfway through to search the shed for the right screws.
If you’re ever a bit unsure on how to do a job, the internet is a great source of information. There are so many easy to understand video tutorials made by professionals that will take you through the job step by step (it’s how I learned to wallpaper). Taking the time to watch the tutorial all the way through before you get started can help you avoid any common mistakes, especially if you’re doing it for the first time. It’s the best way to make sure that you’re getting the job right and avoiding any disasters.
DIY doesn’t have to be a pain. Just follow these 4 rules and anybody can do it right.