04 October 2017

DIY Fails

How many of you are guilty of thinking you’re the DIY king or queen? No job is too little or small for you. Yet when it’s complete, you come back a few days later to find the job was done completely wrong, and you’re most likely going to have to spend a lot more money to fix it. Naturally, the worse culprits for this are men. Tell them the toilets broke and they assure you they know how to fix it. Don’t trust it! Below are some of the most common DIY mistakes, and what you should have done instead.

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Buying Faulty Materials --

All DIY'ers are guilty of this. They’ll start a job with the intention of getting it done quickly, and cheaply. So naturally they’ll head to the store selling the cheapest materials, or worse, second hand one. It’s all well and good doing this. But compare it to an item of clothing. The quality of clothing from a lower brand, compared to a higher end brand is huge. It’s exactly the same with building materials. If they don’t completely stop working, they’re most likely to become faulty quicker, and cost you more money in the long run.

Attempting Tasks Too Big --

Again, this is probably done to try and save a little money. It can be anything from painting themselves, to trying to build their own mini outhouse from scratch.. all big mistakes. Painting without knowing how to do it properly can leave bumps under the surface, uneven colors, and it can even start flaking off. That is the most common DIY fail. One thing us Americans love to have is a workshop. Whether it be a backyard garage, a tool shed, etc. It doesn’t matter. I would even go as far as saying that us rural Americans especially love this. But there’s just so much that can go wrong! If the structure isn’t setup right, there’s risk of it collapsing. It’s easy to get the measurements wrong, and the task can just take that long you give up. If you’re looking to build a workshop, try looking at companies like Armstrong Steel Buildings. They can professionally help you, rather than you attempt and fail.

Injuries --

Is it even possible to complete a DIY job without nearly chopping your finger off? Or at least smashing a hammer into it? No it’s not. Truth is, we’re just in so much of a rush to get things done, or paying too much attention to detail, we forget about our own safety. If you sawing, make sure your spare hand it at the very end of the wood to avoid injury. Try to wear protective goggles when painting to avoid any splash back into the eye. When hammering, lightly tap the nail into the area needed so it doesn’t fall out. Then remove your hand and begin hammering properly. This way you’ll avoid any harsh contact with your hand or fingers.

DIY'ing comes with its risks and issues. It’s so important to evaluate every aspect of a task to make sure you can get it done properly. Sometimes however, it’s just easier to admit the job isn’t a one-man thing.

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