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A Familiar Problem: Don’t Make These Classic DIY Errors

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Having a DIY disaster might be something you can laugh about later when you look back at what happened, but it doesn’t seem that funny at the time when water is pouring everywhere or you have inflicted damage on something you intended to repair.

Here is a look at some of the regular rookie DIY errors that you might just be able to avoid once you know what to look out for and accept that your skills have limitations.

Water everywhere

Some of the worst DIY disasters involve water escaping into your property as a result of a plumbing job gone wrong or when you unintentionally damage a water pipe.

If you want to avoid this nightmare scenario always take a step back before you start drilling or banging nails into a wall or floor and consider whether there might be a water pipe lurking behind the surface.

Once you drill into that pipe it is going to be carnage, so invest in a wire and pipe detector so that you can get a clear idea of whether you can drill and make holes safely without damaging any pipework or electrical cables.

You can get tools like that here and for a modest investment in something like a detector you can save a whole lot of aggravation and money.

Fixture fails

Even the simplest of jobs can go wrong if you don’t use the right tools and fixings.

A good example would be when you decide to put up some shelves or hang something on the wall like a mirror. The act of fitting the item to the wall shouldn’t be too challenging in itself but a classic error is not using the right length or style of fitting.

Always consider your options carefully and work out the correct length of screw and fitting that you need to insert in the wall in order to hold your item in place and cope with the weight.

A cabinet or mirror falling off your wall can be frustrating as well as damaging and dangerous, so follow the manufacturer’s guidelines or check with someone who knows if you are not sure what fixtures you need to use to do the job properly and successfully.

A false economy

There are countless DIY jobs you can manage by yourself but it is always advisable to know your limits and accept when it might be time to call upon the services of a professional.

If you bite off more than you chew and end up making a mess of your DIY job it could end up costing you more than if you called for help in the first place. Think carefully and honestly about what your limitations are or you could be putting yourself and your home at risk if something goes wrong or isn’t done right.

Major plumbing and electrical work are definite examples of jobs that you might not be qualified to tackle yourself, but with minor repairs and decorating projects, you should be able to get the job done if you have the right tools and avoid some of the classic and avoidable DIY errors.

How To Get Your Children Interested In DIY

Getting children interested in DIY can give both you and your children endless hours of fun as you start new projects and create things from scratch for the home. Your job when it comes to DIY is to make it exciting for the kids and to stop them from thinking that it is some form of chore. There are several ways that you can get your children to show an interest in DIY and here are some tips on how to spark their imagination.

Start a Project

The best way to get your kids involved in DIY is to simply get started and get them involved, the key here is that they choose the project, give them four or five options and let them decide what they would like to create. Make sure the project is to make something that will benefit them, something for their room, a toy or even a figure of their favorite princess or action hero. By choosing something that will benefit your child then they are more likely to buy into the project and feel excited about it.

Toy Replacement

If there is a particular toy or toy series that they are interested in right now then instead of heading out to the shops to buy what they want, consider making them. I can remember years ago when there was a huge demand for Tracey Island, the headquarters of the Thunderbirds, stock was limited and then all of a sudden a TV program showed every one how they could make their own and before we knew it every had made their very own Tracey Island. Such is the way of the internet these days you can find a guide for almost anything so once you’ve decided on the toy that you’re going to make, check online to see if there is a step-by-step guide to help you.

Treat

Whilst you are trying to get your child involved with DIY, it is important that you still offer them treats every now and again for their hard work, this will encourage them to continue doing it before deciding whether they like it or not. Remember that when you do DIY projects at home, you are saving money by not having to pay someone to do work for you so you can spend a little of the money that you’ve saved on your budding DIY expert.

Excitement

It is absolutely vital that when teaching your child DIY skills that you keep it exciting, the last thing you or your child needs is to be arguing or fighting as a result of doing a boring part of the job. It is up to you to keep the fun going, be silly, tell jokes or whatever it takes to keep things light hearted and fun, naturally there will be times when you need to be serious, when it comes to safety advice and so on but in general you need to keep the fun going whilst teaching your kids.