DIY Dos and Don’ts

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Got your own personal home project planned out? Ditching handyman services can save you a lot of money, but there are a lot of factors to consider before going DIY. Here are a few do’s and don’ts that will ensure your project goes to plan.


Do buy top quality tools


When it comes to tools you don’t want to be skimping back on cheap fragile tools or outdated second-hand gear. Stick to well-known brands – a Ryobi impact wrench is likely to be far more trialled and tested than a cheap own brand tool from ten years ago. Online reviews and comparison guides can help you to make the right decision.


Don’t buy expensive specialist machinery


Top-end tools for specific uses should be hired, not rented. You’re unlikely to use these machines again so don’t waste your money buying one. Trusted tool hire companies such as United Rentals will often provide brand new models and will keep tools well maintained, so you know you’re getting something good for your money.

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Do paint


Painting is the perfect DIY task for beginners. It doesn’t require too much know-how or licensing. There are some basics that need to be covered, learning to prime and caulk up holes is worthwhile. Painting also does take a fair bit of preparation – everything needs to be moved and covered in sheets to stop it getting splashed. However, the actual painting process is very easy and can be more easily corrected than other DIY tasks.


Don’t play with gas or electrics


Electrical work requires a permit, so leave this to a professional. Other than getting in trouble with a surveyor later down the line, dodgy wiring could cause a fire or put you at risk of electrocution, so don’t do it. Gas work meanwhile also requires a license as could cause a gas leak if done incorrectly – hire a licensed plumber to deal with this.


Do tackle flooring


Flooring may seem like a big job, but it can actually be very easy to install. Floating flooring from companies such as Armstrong is the best option to pursue – whether laminate or hardwood you’ll simply have to snap fit it in and there will generally be instructions from the manufacturer. When sizing up the room, just make sure you leave a little room around the edges as flooring that is too tightly installed can warp.

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Don’t knock down walls


As fun as it may look to swing that sledgehammer, knocking down walls isn’t as easy a task as you may think and getting it wrong could cause the whole house to collapse. It also requires a permit in most cases. A professional construction service will know how loads are transferred and carried and so will be able to carry out the work more safely. This also applies to cut-outs and creating new doors or windows. Always contact your local planning committee first and notify your home insurance company if you have one.

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