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7 Simple Steps to Better DIY Home Projects in 2018

(contributed article)

Now that Christmas is over, you may start noticing some jobs to do around the home. Becoming a DIY master isn’t something that happens overnight; you need to be ready to put in hard work to achieve the results that you are looking for. No matter how experienced you currently are at DIY, we have compiled a list of top tips to help bring you up to the next level.

Prior Planning

The best DIYers don’t simply rush in with all guns blazing. They take the time to plan every project carefully and analyze all the different things which could go wrong along the way. For more complicated projects, this may involve drafting up plans; and for simpler ones, it may be taking the time to watch a how-to guide on YouTube. Good quality planning results in less wasted materials and a reduced likelihood of anything going wrong along the way.

Staple Tools

Building up your toolbox is essential for anyone with DIY on their minds. The tools and materials will vary depending on what jobs you are doing, but you should be looking to gradually grow your collection over time. However, when it comes to the more expensive equipment, unless you are planning on using them regularly, it may be worth borrowing or renting them.

Accept Help to Improve

Help could come in the form of a professional friend who knows what they are doing and can teach you the ropes. It may be that you need to work with a professional company, like Armstrong because you need a steel building  or shed in your back yard, and the job is too complicated to do completely by yourself. The willingness to learn is one of the hallmarks of a quality DIY enthusiast.

Finish What You Start

Don’t be that person who leaves a job half-finished for months on end. Even if it may be difficult, push yourself to overcome barriers that are in front of you. You may need to call in help on particular areas, but you are still gaining the invaluable knowledge, so you can complete the job next time.

Challenge Yourself

Of course, it is important to do the jobs you already know how to do; but if you don’t push yourself every now and again, you won’t be getting anywhere. Obviously, safety and practicality are paramount, but the internet has provided so many more resources these days for DIY projects, so you can push yourself to the next level.

Improve the Lighting

One of the most important aspects of DIY is making sure that you have high-quality lighting, so you can see what you are doing. So, if you have a workshop, try to get as much natural lighting in the room as possible. Also, you should have different artificial lighting sources, so you can pick and choose as needed. Investing in a headlamp can make your life so much easier.

Pass Along Your Knowledge

Teaching someone else is a great way to understand the skills you have developed, as well as helping the next generation of DIYers to learn and improve.

What is a DIY project you are tackling in 2018?



1 Comment

  1. I’ll tackle the simplest of tasks, but otherwise I’m a hire-somebody-who-knows-what-they’re-doing person.

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