18 things not to say while DIYing
It’s one thing to stay on budget, but it’s another thing to buy inferior products. Like the old saying goes: You get what you pay for. We’ve heard countless tales of DIY home repair that has to be redone sooner than expected or even worse has to be hired out to fix.
Gary Steinmetz was rushing to get done for the day, turned the corner and smashed his forehead into protruding timber. His baseball cap visor blocked his view and: WHAM! After a trip to the emergency room and a half-dozen stitches, he was more careful about leaving boards sticking out at head level and decided to wear his baseball cap backward.
Always make sure the electricity is off before doing any kind of electrical work. Use a non-contact voltage tester before touching any wires and avoid making common electrical mistakes.
We’ve heard plenty of ladder stories gone awry, like getting stranded on the roof after a ladder falls or hanging on to a gutter while help arrived. Do yourself a favour and use a roof harness while working on the roof or try a ladder stabiliser.
Ladder safety is an utmost concern when doing DIY work. More than 500,000 people a year are treated for ladder falls and more than 300 people die from ladder-related injuries, according to the Center for Disease Control.
Any DIYer knows measure twice, cut once but even the most experienced DIYer will tempt fate by rushing through something. Try letting technology take some of the guesswork out with a digital angle gauge or by finding the best tape measure around.
You wonder why people have old cans of paint in their garage, well it’s better to be fully prepared than partially prepared. Make sure you have enough paint for your next job and make it easy with some of the best tips from pro painters.
That safety guard on a table saw and other saws is there for a reason. Your fingers will thank you in advance for using the guard properly.
There are a number of stories out there about wheels falling off vehicles because the lug nuts weren’t tight enough. Make sure you know how to change a tyre properly to avoid any catastrophe on the road.
Always make sure to wear proper shoes or boots when doing DIY work or even mowing the lawn.
It’s tempting to think you’ll work your way through a project even if you don’t know all of the steps from the get-go. But one mistake along the way can lead to a bigger cost.
Any repair project or assembly task can get undone when a screw or a bolt remains after something is thought to be completed. Try labelling everything when you have a complicated task.
Painting mistakes are no fun. It’s already a laborious task and a small flick of the wrist the wrong way can ruin it. Avoid painting pains by seeing how to paint perfectly and how to paint more precisely.
Nobody wants to hear something is coming in over budget but keep in mind any construction project typically budgets from cost over-runs. Just make sure you keep home improvement projects affordable.
Always Dial Before You Dig by calling 1100 (in Australia). You might think you know what lies below the ground but you must make sure before shoving a shovel into the ground. You never know what you could hit.
Sure, most of the time you will probably be fine. But do you really want to be caught out when that stray metal or wood shaving or dust particle gets into your eye and causes severe irritation, or worse, irreparable damage?
Anytime new furniture is purchased or a move is made, make sure to measure the dimensions of the piece of furniture to see if it will fit through the door and in the desired space.