The Do’s and Don’ts of DIY

Every single homeowner out there wants to make their home look better. A lot of people run into problems when it comes to deciding what projects they want to tackle themselves. After all, a bad DIY job will cost you double the money to put right again, and this is something that you will want to avoid at all times when you are trying to save.

Do: Install a Backsplash

If you want to start out with a relatively small project then tiling your kitchen backsplash is a great way for you to start. You should start off with natural tiles as these are the easiest to cut when you have a wet saw. They are also much more forgiving when compared to ceramic or even porcelain. Before you get started, try and do everything you can to smooth out the wall. The smoother your wall is before you start, the easier it will be for you to install the tiles that you need. It also helps to have a mastic or even a mortar that has been mixed for you already.

Spacers are a must-have in this instance, and the main lesson with tiling is to always take your time.

It also helps to turn off the breakers for any electrical outlets if you are tiling around these, so

you don’t get a shock when you apply the grout.

Do: The Painting Yourself

If you have got the bug for DIY then the best place for you to start with your own house project would be for you to paint. Preparation is 95% of a successful job and you will also want to make sure that you fill in any holes or even any cracks. This is best done with a drywall compound. When you have done this, sand down the patches when dry and prime them. It’s very important that you caulk and trim any small nail holes, before using a damp sponge to wipe everything down after. All finished? Tape and protect absolutely everything that you don’t want covered in paint. You’ll probably come out the same colour as the walls you’re painting, and the last thing you want is for this to be all over the sofa as well.

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Do: The Click Flooring

It doesn’t matter whether you have laminate flooring, engineered hardwood or even cork. They are all easy to install because the instructions come in the box. Just make sure that you leave a little space at the edges of the room, because if you install them too tightly then they can buckle over time and this can cause you serious issues. It also helps to keep any joints 6 inches apart so that you will have a solid and strong finish.

Don’t: Touch the Electrics

If you’re not an electrician then don’t play around with the wires. If you have some improper connections setup then these can easily overheat and cause a fire. You could also electrocute yourself, and you don’t want to look like a comic book villain because you touched a 2,000-volt outlet.

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Don’t: Touch the Gas

There is more to gas appliances than just connecting it up and making sure that it doesn’t leak. You have to make sure that it is properly vented as well, as this will help you to make sure that your home doesn’t leak out carbon monoxide everywhere. If you do hire a professional then make sure that they have a completely clear workspace. If you don’t, or if you have an overexcited pet that keeps getting in the way then this could lead to a serious injury. The last thing that you need is your gas man contacting a personal injury lawyer because you didn’t take into account the hazards around your own home.

Don’t: Take Down Walls

If you remove any structural supports then this could bring your whole house down. Make sure that you leave all of this to a licensed contractor and make sure that you do everything you can to check to see if they are experienced in the job. Remember that just because your neighbor took down their wall themselves doesn’t mean that it is okay. You should be fine to remove any partition walls yourself but you have to make sure that these don’t have a support going through them first. If you are unsure then always ask a professional who knows what they are talking about, and even then, make sure that there is no piping running through the wall as well.

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