Everyone wants to be able to say "I did that", but is that really
the best choice?
Keep these things in mind when coming to a decision:
1) Do you have all the tools needed for the project?
2) Do you have the time it will take to complete the project?
3) Do you have the knowhow?
Below you will find several of the most common mistakes that "DIYers"
often make. Here are some tips from the experts on how you can complete
the project right the first time.
1: Fixing a sticking door.
A common call that many handyman companies receive, is fixing a sticky
door. Whether an interior door or an exterior door, this task can be tricky!
If done incorrectly, one can cause more harm than good. First take to
the time to assess the task. You will need to know if it would be more
cost effective to fix the door or replace the door. If the door is badly
damaged due to our Arizona harsh weather conditions, replacing it may
be the best option. After wet weather, wooden doors become swollen and
stick in the frame. Painting the wood is an instant fix, but be sure to
paint over the exposed edges with a primer as well. If the wood is not
completely sealed including the edges, it will continue to absorb moisture
and swell up – leaving you to do the job all over again.
2: Creating attic storage space.
Another common mistake made by do it yourselfers is when trying to create
storage space in the attic. The attic must be properly assessed to make
sure you are not stacking weight on the base of a conventional truss;
they are engineered to hold weight on the top, not from the inside. Doing
so can put you and your family in harm's way.
3: Covering rotten wood does not make the rot go away!
Covering rotting wood can create an even bigger problem that can be very
costly. The proper way to restore rotten boards is to cut out all the
bad wood and then replace these areas with new wood. Make sure to seal
the wood to prevent any future damage in the new wood.
4: Failing to support your shelves before installation.
When putting up shelves and pictures on a partition wall, you must locate
the weight-bearing studwork behind the plaster for support, or screws
and nails will come out under the slightest weight. These wooden posts,
which are the backbone of the wall, may not always be where you want your
nail to go, but in this case, you can always use cavity fixings, which
anchor screws and nails into the plaster. These are available from most
DIY stores and websites.
5: Failing to apply primers before painting over water stains.
Watermarks can be a pain to cover up. Painting over the stain with a water-based
emulsion won’t help; the stain will keep showing through, however
many coats you use. Apply an oil-based primer paint or spray over the
stain to seal it, and then you can cover it with any paint and color you
choose. There’s no point in buying expensive paintbrushes for one
job, but steer clear of budget brushes. These have fewer bristles, which
make an untidy finish, and they molt more than a mid-range brush, so you
will be constantly picking bristles out of the paintwork. Synthetic brushes
are fine for the average consumer and they keep their shape, while natural
bristles tend to splay out after use.
If you need other projects done in or around your home, why not compile
a list today and call a trained and experienced handyman to do your "honey
do list". It will not only save you some valuable time and money
in the long run it will be stress free!