• List of DIY Blunders:

    Posted January 28, 2013 By in Do-It-Yourself, Renovation Mistakes With | No Comments

    When we set off to complete a Do-It-Yourself project at home, we all become creative and hope that our efforts will give us the quality craftsmanship no different than a carpenter or handyman can deliver.  We even hope to get it done right the first time and most importantly have it done at half the price than hiring a contractor; or less.

    But, we sometimes run into trouble and cause ourselves some setbacks and blunders with trying to be Mr. Handyman.  So, here are a few things to avoid in taking on DIY projects around the house or office.  In other words, don’t make these renovation mistakes.

     Overdose of Duct Tape:

    Duct tape is a durable tool for holding things in place, but keep in mind that it is only a temporary solution.  Duct tape was not meant to be a permanent placeholder for most household projects.   We see a lot of clients using duct tape on electrical wiring, plumbing pipes, and even on woodwork fixtures in the home.  These are definitely not places where duct tape can be a long lasting solution for what should be temporary fixes.  If the plumbing or electrical items need repair, replace them with the required material (i.e: electrical wire or plumbing pipes) and avoid future repair or further damage after the tape loses its adhesive.  If you must use duct tape on something, plan to leave it in place for just a few hours until either you or a trained specialty contractor can come in and do the job with the right materials.

     Inaccurate Measurement:

    The difference between a centimeter and an inch is huge.  Imagine trying to fill a gap because you measured the length of wood, granite or what have you incorrectly.  If by some chance you can hide the mistake using trims, we always suggest calling in someone who can get the job done using the right measurements and with the right tools.  Measuring incorrectly causes waste and eventually becomes expensive. 

    Buying Cheap Materials: 

    Cheap materials are definitely great for saving money but don’t expect to have a luxury villa feel from items bought from a low quality vendor.  Now, don’t get us wrong, there is a difference between buying inferior products and buying things on deep discounts.  The discounted items are still good to great quality; maybe just on discount because it did not sell as expected.  The vendor puts those items on “cheap sale” just so they can move the item and try to recoup some profits; if any at all.  Cheap-inferior items are not the same as buying on discount.  These items are already at a lower price because its durability, quality, look and feel are far less than that of a name brand product.  You will eventually find yourself replacing, upgrading, or renovating inferior products more regularly than you would other higher grade items.  Cheap and inferior goods are also temporary fixes if you plan on upgrading later on when you are trying to sell your home or have that major remodel you’ve been dreaming of.  

    Planning:

    Know what you’re getting into before jumping into any repair project at home or in the office.  Many projects in construction seem straight forward but normally there is more than meets the eye.  Changing a cabinet in your kitchen or installing a new door may seem easy, but what happens if you encounter a dry rot or you discover than what’s behind your foundation needs more attention than you expected.  Review your plan carefully and know the possible obstacles that may arise.  Have at least a handyman present to assist you in getting the job done.  It will definitely be worth the money spent.  You pay for car insurance and some people never use it.  Hiring a handyman or contractor is using the insurance and having the job done right the first time.  Planning saves you money.

    Safety:

    If you are still not convince that maybe hiring an electrician to do major re-wiring in your home is sound advice, at least try to be safe in whatever repairs or changes you do to your home or office.  If possible, use Green products, gloves, goggles, and like items that help prevent spillage, burns, dust accumulation and falls.  If you are not sure how to keep yourself and household safe during construction, call a contractor for what maybe life saving advice.  It just might be enough to connive you to have the professional done the job for you; they are trained and experienced to executing all-around safety measures. 

    These are just a few tips and reminders in avoiding do-it-yourself blunders and mistakes around the house and office.  When in doubt, call us, we can refer a few local handymen and trained technicians to help you safely and affordable complete any project big or small. 

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