DIY Guides - Words of Advice and Notes of Caution - Tradesman4u "Helping you get the job done"
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DIY can be hugely rewarding and many projects around the home can be undertaken which, if done by a professional, may stretch your budget a little too far. At Tradesman4u we always recommend using one of our trade members to obtain the best results, however, as an aide to whatever you may need we have developed some useful DIY Guides to 'Help you Get the Job Done'.
When starting out on DIY the best results, however, will always be obtained with a careful, organized approach to the job you plan to do. A little research, using books and the Internet, on the best tools to use for your project will greatly increase your chances of getting the right result. Even something as simple as using a screwdriver that is too small for the screw can result in a slip and a scratch across an expensive surface.
Building/Plumbing/Plastering materials can be expensive. Wasting them through improper use could end up costing you more than getting a professional in the first place. Some time spent drawing up a detailed plan of the item you wish to produce will enable you to work out exactly what you need. This will reduce wastage and can save you another 20/30 per cent of the project cost!
Timber is the most common material used in DIY and also one of the most expensive. It comes in standard dimensions so, if you are making a timber frame, for example, for a wall cupboard or kennell, you will need to cut several different lengths from the timber you have bought. Spending a little time working out which parts of your frame to cut from which lengths could drastically reduce the amount of wood you might otherwise waste. It's no good trying to cut a standard 5.1 m length of timber into lengths of 2.4 m, because you will waste 0.3 m of timber each time. It would be much better to order lengths of timber that are 4.8 m. Similarly, consider whether you have the right size and type of drill bit for the holes you need to drill. An entirely different type of drill bit is used for masonry from that used for timber and steel, and they cannot be interchanged.Using the right tools and materials, together with a well-researched plan, can make DIY both great fun and very profitable.
Getting it wrong by rushing in can cost a fortune and put you off for ever! Also certain projects around the home can only be carried out be professionals due to legal governance and we strongly recommend if your project falls into this category that it is a very bad idea (and most likely illegal) for you to 'try it' yourself. If you have any concerns over your DIY project register your job for free to Find the best Tradesman in your area.