The first time someone takes on a decent sized DIY project, it is always going to be tricky and confusing. While the best way to learn is of course through firsthand experience, the ten following tips and tricks will help to make things a bit smoother.
Do Not Ignore Safety Precautions
Whether you are a newbie or a pro, you should never ignore safety precautions while being involved in any DIY project because that mistake can cost you dearly. At the very minimum, you should be wearing a pair of safety goggles and gloves for protection.
Noting Down Your Measurements
While taking measurements, it is important to keep things organized or it can soon become very confusing to discern what was for which, especially if the project is a big one. A neat little trick is to use a masking tape for noting down measurements and sticking it on or near the object you took the measurements for.
Rusted old screws can be really hard to remove while redecorating or rebuilding something, but you can loosen things up by applying a little heat on them. A soldering iron works wonders here.
Avoid Plaster Lumps
The golden rule of working with plaster is to add plaster to the water and not the other way round. If you do add water to the plaster, get ready to deal with a whole lot of lumps.
Make an Inventory
Make an inventory of everything you will need first and then make sure that you have all those things ready and available before you start. It is inconvenient and inefficient to have to stop in the middle of your work for going out and trying to find something that should have been there before you even started.
Use a Comb to Hold Nails
While hammering a nail in, it isn’t uncommon to smash your own finger with the hammer head and that’s never a nice feeling to say the least! Save your fingers and use a medium-large toothed comb to hold the nails in place while you hammer them in.
Use a Chemical Paint Remover
Removing Paint manually can be a long and tiresome job and it’s one that’s no longer necessary. Use a chemical paint stripper instead to make things easier, faster and cleaner.
Clean Before You Caulk
In order to caulk properly, you need to clean the working surface well first. Isopropyl alcohol is an excellent choice of cleaning chemical for caulking as it breaks down and removes oil quite effectively.
Remove Old Paint from Your Brushes
Unless you are planning to buy new brushes for every new painting project, you will need to clean your brushes. To remove old, hard paint from them, boil the bristles in white vinegar.
Magnetize Your Screwdriver
All you will need to do is take a screwdriver and rub it on a magnet in the same way that you would sharpen a knife on a sharpening stone; that is rub in only one direction. This will eliminate the problem of dropping screws.
We have now come to the end of our ten tips and tricks for DIY projects but you can find many more awesome top ten lists on 10awesome about various things. As mentioned earlier, nothing can replace real experience, but hopefully, these ten tips will make your life as an amateur handyman easier.