Don't Rush Your DIY Home Improvement Projects!
You know how it is; the list of DIY jobs never fades. Instead, there seems to be a new project every weekend. Whether it’s converting the garage or installing new lights; you can be sure there’s always something. So, it should come as no surprise that many of us rush into projects in attempts to get them over with. On the weekend, we might attempt to start and finish something on Saturday so we can unwind on Sunday. However, we should never forget the saying, "Measure Twice ... Cut Once!" It's as true today as it was when your grandfather told it to your father, so don't forget it.
The trouble is, that we tend rushing projects and that can have catastrophic consequences. At best it might just be a waste of time and money ... but at worst you can put you and your family in danger. Jumping into a job without thinking carefully could turn DIY into disaster. And, when that happens, your attempts to save time will only pile hours onto the job. Here are some of the most common reasons you will fail by rushing to get something done ...
You didn’t take time to prepare
They say preparation is key, and your DIY project is no different. But, if you’re rushing, you aren’t going to make time for much prep at all. And, this can set you back in a few ways. For one, not preparing could mean not applying for planning permissions. You’ll do it after, right? But, all it takes is a complaint from one nosy neighbor. And, the powers that be can shut down what you’re doing straight away. What’s more, you’d have to undo any changes you had made thus far. Before you know it, that job will take an awful lot longer than one day. Instead, apply for permission well in advance so you can be sure to crack on when Saturday rolls around! Not prepping walls and such can also come back to bite you. If you paint directly onto wallpaper, for instance, you’ll soon stumble into trouble. And, that’ll mean needing to strip the wallpaper AND do the painting again.
Rushing risks mistakes
When taking your time, you’ll measure everything so you don’t drill where you shouldn’t. But, a rushed job doesn’t leave time for that. Instead, you’re more likely to make mistakes which will extend this job no end. The worst case scenario is that your drill hits a wire or water pipe. If that happens, you’ll have no choice but to call an electrician, or head somewhere like Restorationeze’s water damage website. Even if your drilling does run smooth, not measuring could lead to wonky construction. Then, you’d need to undo your work, as well as refilling holes you’ve made along the way. So, think twice before setting aside that tape measure.
You Didn't Grab The Right Tools
Checking your tool kit is essential for ensuring you have everything for the job. But, there’s little chance you’ll do that if you’re rushing. Instead, you may assume you have everything. But, that’ll only lead to your leaving the job halfway to rush out and buy more. And, that’ll end your chances of finishing fast. Instead, take inventory first. That way, you can be 100% sure you’ll have easy access to all the tools you’ll need.
You Didn't Stop And Ask For Help!
I know ... I know ... as MEN we are expected to know everything. There are many things that I've learned simply by plowing through, making mistakes and correcting as I go. With home improvement and DIY projects though, that's not a good idea. Luckily, there are tons of resources out there from YouTube videos to helpful people at your local hardware store. Tinkering is fun ... but when you need to get things done correctly it's often fastest to simply ask for help when you get stuck!
- Written by James Hills
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