We’re not born with an innate sense of how to do DIY and with an increasing failure within education to teach these basic household skills, it can be quite tough to know where to start. As long as you can read and follow instructions and have a few basic tools like we talked about here, you can start tackling some simple DIY projects that will help to improve skills and confidence.
The key here is not to be too overambitious – it’s all too easy to get a bit too keen and end up biting off more than you can chew. Keep things simple until you get more certain of your skills and capabilities. Here are some of our recommendations for DIY projects that are ideal for the beginner.
Making a wooden box
Although it sounds simple, this type of project is ideal for honing your DIY skills since you’ll have to be able to measure accurately, use a saw, screwdriver, sander, and clamps as well as a jigsaw cutter if you want cut in handles, although you can always avoid this by using screw in exterior handles. Cheap and inexpensive to make, the beauty of this is that not only is it practical, but it teaches the importance of accurate measurements and angles as well about how you need to always follow safety procedures. There are loads of tutorials for this type of box online, so give it a go one weekend.
Putting up shelves
This may seem like it’s so supremely basic that a child could do it, but putting up shelves correctly is one task you should take care with. It’s really easy to choose the wrong screws and brackets, hit wires behind the wall and of course put it up so it’s not actually perpendicular! With an electric sensor, a spirit level and an electric drill, make sure that you take the time to prep this task properly.
Fixing a dripping tap
This is one of those little jobs that seem to small to call the plumber in but something that you shouldn’t tackle yourself. However this is actually easier than it seems. All you need to be able to do is locate and turn off the water supply, then go in under the sink unit to locate the washer. Unscrew it, replace it with a new one and you should have solved that pesky drip!
Getting used to doing your own DIY just takes a little bit of practice, and chances are you’ll have friends and family who are more than willing to help out and teach you, not to mention local courses within your community. So roll up your sleeves – it’s time to do some DIY.