Common DIY mistakes and how to avoid them

We’ve all had that sickening feeling when we’ve realised that we’ve somehow manage to royally screw up that DIY project that we were working on. And considering the time, effort and skill that have probably already gone into it, it’s no wonder that we’re left feeling disappointed, frustrated and downhearted.

But not to worry – since we’ve all been there it is always possible to find out what you’ve done wrong and how to avoid repeating that same mistake next time. In this article we’ve decided to put together some of the biggest DIY mistakes and ways that you can avoid falling victim to them!

The mistake: Incorrect measurements

How to avoid: When you’re starting a new DIY project it is really easy to get a bit over-excited and want to get cracking straight away and that is why it’s so easy to get your measurements wrong. You should always check them several times over (and write them down too!) before you get to work. Remember if you cut too much or incorrectly then you can’t make it grow back so be certain of your measurements beforehand.

The mistake: Patchy painted walls

How to avoid: So you’ve slapped on that paint to spruce up a room a bit only to find that it looks patchy and awful. The usual reason for this is that you’ve failed to properly prepare the walls before you’ve started painting. Ideally the walls should be clean, sanded a little with any holes patched up with filler. You should also always paint a primer first. Sure it’s a bit tedious but it will make the most of your chosen paint shade.

The mistake: Being overambitious

How to avoid: DIY is of course all about learning how to do things yourself but within reason. There are always going to be some jobs that are just too big and complex and if in doubt, you should always call the professionals in. Things like plumbing, structural work and electrical jobs are best left to those who experienced in them since the scope for them going wrong is pretty big!

The mistake: Not heeding your safety

How to avoid: Especially if you’re in a rush or eager to get something done, it can be all too easy to ignore basic safety practices. But remember, they are there for your safety so it’s in your best interests to follow them! Safety goggles, protective headgear, face mask, gloves, steel-toe boots – there is a big range out there so it’s important to dress appropriately when you’re doing DIY. Use your common sense, don’t rush or be reckless.

The most common DIY mistakes are really simple ones, so to avoid them all you have to do is put in a little extra thought and care in your preparation.

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