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Don't Make These Mistakes When Trying Home DIY Repairs

Taking care of the place where you live is important. While you should certainly call the professionals for help for anything you’re not comfortable or confident with handling alone (and for anything related to plumbing or your electrics), you can do a lot to take care of your home, yourself. Taking care of your home more actively is a lot easier to do when you have more time thanks to retirement, and can keep you busy, productive, and physically active, as well. However, there are mistakes that people of any age can be prone to when carrying out home DIY repairs. Here are a few that you want to make sure you avoid.

Not putting safety first

The first thing that we’re going to cover is the thing that you should be thinking about first, as well. Take the time to read up on what you can do to make your DIY tasks much safer. Your health and safety is the most important thing, no matter the task. This may mean investing in equipment, such as dust masks, safety glasses, gloves, hearing protection, and more, depending on the job that you’re doing. If you are concerned about your safety at any part during the job, then it’s better to call someone who can do it for you. Safety over frugality is always the priority.

Trying to do too much at once

If you’re trying to do some DIY around the house, then it’s important to make sure that you do everything one at a time. You can aim to do a whole host of DIY fixes around the home, but most people find that DIY is both more time-consuming and costly than they first expected. Make a to-do list of DIY repairs you can do, and then break down which of them is either the quickest to do or the highest priority. Don’t start the task until you’re certain you have everything you need to complete it and don’t start another project until you finish it. Otherwise, you can end up with a whole slew of unfinished projects sitting around.

Not budgeting thoroughly

In keeping with the idea that you should make sure that you’re able to complete any project that you start, make sure that you budget every task you take on. No matter how big or small, most DIY repairs are going to cost you, whether it’s for the materials you have to use, or you have to buy tools for the job. You want to make sure that you have a good idea of how much it’s going to cost before you begin and to make sure that your repairs aren’t going to cut into the money you need to live.

 Not doing your measurements right

As the saying goes: measure twice, cut once. Measurement errors are very easy to make, but once you make them, they can be a nightmare to undo, especially if you’re measuring something to cut, such as a piece of wood or a strip of wallpaper. Take the time to measure, making sure that you use any level or balance necessary to keep things steady and accurate. Mark your measure, then measure it again to ensure that it is consistent. If it isn’t, keep measuring until it is consistent. You want to only use one ruler or piece of measuring tape for all measurements, as even the slightest discrepancies can lead to big errors by the end of the project.

Fixing any machinery without a manual

Whether you’re looking at an appliance in the kitchen or a piece of equipment you use on your land, if you’re a farm owner, you want to make sure that you’re not trying any repairs without a good idea of what you’re doing. In particular, you want to ensure that you have the instructions provided by the manufacturer on how to take care of your equipment. You can find all sorts of manuals online, such as New Holland repair manuals, that can help you ensure that you’re doing things by the book as best as possible. You should follow the manuals not just to take care of your machinery properly, but to do it safely, too.

Working on unprotected surfaces

Whether you’re painting, cutting, drilling, or otherwise, you want to make sure that you are always protecting any clean, untouched surfaces from the work that you’re doing. A single slip too far can result in you getting paint on your wall when trying to do your skirting, or cutting into a perfectly good table. What you want to do, if you don’t have your own workbench, is to make sure that you have something between the surface or object you’re working on, and the clean and unprotected surface. Whether it’s a little masking tape to ensure clean painting lines or a spare plank of wood you can put any object you’re cutting, drilling, or otherwise shaping on. Something should serve as a barrier between the clean surface beneath and a disaster, or you may end up only giving yourself more DIY to do.


Trying to take shortcuts

If you’re following the instructions for a DIY task that you do not know how to do, do not try to skip any steps on the way. Assume that the person writing the guide that you’re following has a good idea of precisely what you have to do, and follow those instructions to the letter. In fact, if you’re really new to a certain kind of DIY repair task, then you should take the time to do a test run first, using leftover scraps of materials when you can. This way, you can get used to it and make sure that you understand the process before doing it for real.

With the tips above, you can ensure that you avoid many of the mistakes that people make when they start taking more active care of their own homes. When in doubt, however, be sure to call the professionals for help.