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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.

DIY: How To Determine Whether To Repair, Restore Or Replace Your Gutter

If you have gutters, sooner or later you will be faced with the tough decision of repairing, restoring or replacing them. In order to determine what the best course of action is, you will need to first assess the overall condition of your gutters. To do this you will need a ladder and a buddy to hold the ladder while you are on it.

Safe Use Of A Ladder

Climb the ladder up to the gutter carefully, ensuring that someone is holding the base of the ladder. One way to determine if your gutters need replacing is if you notice there are structural weaknesses in the gutter where water seeps out. While you could try to apply an epoxy filler to seal the crack, it is just a matter of time before the problem would resurface. The issue with climbing ladders is you could fall off and injure yourself so it may be more prudent to reach out to a firm that specializes in gutter assessment and replacement if you do not feel confident in scaling a ladder.

Importance Of Having Gutters

Something that we should touch on is the importance of having gutters on your roof. When it rains, water will roll off your roof onto the ground. If the ground surrounding your home does not have adequate drainage that water could pool which could damage your foundation leading to some real problems over the long-term. With a properly installed gutter system, all of the rain that hits the roof would roll off into a designated area away from your foundation. Now that you know why having a gutter system installed is so important, you really do need to make sure it is working properly.

Getting The Right Gutter Repair Support

While we touched on DIY when it comes to gutters, generally speaking this type of work should be left with the experts that have been doing this type of work for a considerable number of years. A gutter system may look very simple but there are finer nuances of the installation process that if not properly addressed, could lead to significant headaches for you down the road. The angle of the gutters is of particular importance.If it is not set up just right the water will not drain properly and will seep into the roof leading to a host of problems.

Saving Money On Gutter Repair And Replacement

To save money on gutter repair and replacement services, you have to reach out to firms that have the required experience and have been doing this for quite some time. As we mentioned earlier, installing and repairing gutters takes specialized skills to be performed properly. By having the gutters serviced, you will have peace of mind knowing your foundation is safe from water building up during rain storms. The sooner you deal with this gutter issue, the happier you are going to be over the long-term.

A Home Full of Joy: Decorating Everywhere

In certain things in life there is an accepted way, a common wisdom that most people accept and absorb and follow more or less unconsciously, instinctively if you will. You see this in the way people dress, act, and most importantly for today’s discussion, the way we design and decorate.

To an extent, this is a good thing. Society wouldn’t function if everyone was an iconoclast all the time, inventing new ways to make coffee in the morning. Language in itself would not exist at all, being working example of acceptance of community definitions in entirety. Sometimes, though, it’s necessary to choose your own path and make things totally, 100% personal. Decorating your home is one of those times.

The Traditional Way

Decorating your home usually involves a few simple principles, which are all sound:

  • Select a colour palette
  • Choose a basic style
  • Find flooring and furniture that fit your look
  • Paint the walls
  • Add wall art like canvas prints and other items to complement everything.

And that’s fine for specific rooms around your house. But this room-centric approach often leads to different visual experiences in each room, which can make them feel like islands of isolated design work, disconnected from each other and the rest of the house. This feeling can be exacerbated if the rooms are redecorated at different times.

Applying Design Everywhere

A way to conquer this problem is to forget some of the ‘rules’ of traditional home design and start thinking in terms of decorating everywhere. Don’t think of your rooms as isolated spots within the house, think of them as interconnected areas that flow into each other. In other words, consider the journey guests take through your home: From the entryway, they go to the living room for cocktails. Then to the dining room for dinner. They’ll visit the bathroom and the kitchen, and finish the evening in the lounge or family room, possibly even spending the night in the spare bedroom.

Then, look for opportunities to design and add decoration in less-than obvious places. The entryway is a good start – some canvas art or other design elements can turn a perfunctory space for shedding jackets and umbrellas into a pleasing first experience for guests.

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Image Source: TheCanvasFactory.com.au

Staircase landings are another spot often forgotten when you design room by room, and an ideal place for a vibrant print or other art.

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Image Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Another unusual place where a bit of wall art or other design can have a real moment of impact? Wardrobes, especially walk-in-robes, actually, are places where design usually goes to die, becoming congested with clothes and clutter. Think twice and open them up with something pleasant to look at – on the wall, the door, even the floor!

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Image Source: LifeStyle Australia

Finally, when painting your newly-designed home, consider your rooms as a whole and think about transitions. When stepping out of one room to go to another, the hall should pick up the colour palette of both and serve as a visual link between them – you could even use a gradient plan to slowly go from one shade outside of one area to another outside the next.

Whatever you decide to do to open up your home’s design, never stop thinking of new ways to have some fun with it. Once you start thinking beyond rooms the possibilities – just like the forgotten areas – are endless.