How many of us put off doing D.I.Y? It could be out of laziness, but other people worry about their ability, especially if they don’t know the difference between a flathead and a Philips head screwdriver. But even complete beginners don’t have to be afraid of uneven shelves, power tools, or even of hitting their thumb with a hammer. Part of the fun of being an adult is knowing how to make a few simple repairs yourself. Here is some simple advice to make DIY simple.
First of all, do things properly the first time. If you mess up a job right away, then you’ll make more work for yourself when you have to redo it properly. One way to do this is to make sure you’ve got the correct tools for the job. Take, for example, a spirit level. If you’re hanging shelves, you need to be sure that they’re completely straight. You could do it by eye, but it’s much easier if you use a spirit level to double check. It’s much the same with cutting things. Rather than guessing how much you need, and either having it too long or, worse, too short, it’s worth investing in a tape measure to make sure you have the length you need from the get-go. Whilst tools like spirit levels and tape measures may appear expensive, they make doing DIY much easier, and you only need to buy them once.
It always pays to work safely as well. If you’re cutting something, then you can save yourself a trip to the hospital by always cutting away from yourself, and by making sure that your fingers are always behind the knife blade. It’s the same with sawing wood – always make sure that you’ve got it safely secured in a vice.
Nuts, bolts, and screws are easy things to lose. You drop them, and they end up rolling away under the sofa, or you spend hours searching for the last screw that you need to finish your new bookcase. One way to avoid this is to keep them in envelopes. That way, you always know where they are when you need them. You can even put each different size in a different envelope, making them easy to find, and reducing the risk of you using the wrong one. If you’re fixing a tap, another way to avoid losing a crucial component is to put the plug in before you start working, to make sure that you can’t lose anything down the plughole.
So, D.I.Y doesn’t have to be a chore, as long as you follow a few simple rules and check the internet for easy home repair guides, you can make DIY quick and painless!
The most important rule, however, is this: call an expert if a job is too complicated or dangerous to do by yourself.