5 TIPS TO PREVENT A DIY DISASTER

Although we have a new build, we have started adding bits to our home. For example, we've been adding coving as we feel that it finishes the room (well we've done the nursery!). We're also starting to paint the other rooms in the house and add a little bit of personality to our home. We've not had too many disasters thankfully as we've picked up some great tips for DIY along the way.


CUT PLYWOOD WITHOUT IT SPLITTING

As soon as we moved in, my husband built shelves for all the cupboards and wardrobes, as well as putting rails up. It was important that we had enough storage straight away as our house isn't huge and doesn't actually have too much storage. A cheap way to build shelves straight away is to use plywood, and my husband also built some work surfaces in the garage using this material. If you are using a saw to cut plywood it can get pretty messy. My husband taught me that if you put masking tape on the opposite side to where you are cutting, it helps prevent the splitting and creates a cleaner line. It won't be perfect, but it will be much better than cutting without the tape.



KNOW WHEN TO CALL IN AN EXPERT

Everyone thinks that they can do every job in the house, but sometimes it is important to call in a professional. An example from our own home is that we wanted a new power socket added into our cupboard under the stairs. We called an electrician as it needs to be signed off for safety purposes, and to be honest we didn't want to give ourselves an electric shock. This only cost around £30 and didn't take long at all. This enabled us to change the layout of our living room and create more space. Anything that includes electricity should really be done by a professional, and the same with plumbing. Trust me, it will save you money in the long run. 

So there are my top tips to prevent any #DIYDisasters. If you have an personal injuries and think it may be someone else's fault, both with DIY (for example in the office) and other situations such as a car accident, Slater & Gordon can help you claim the right compensation.

WHEN DRILLING HOLES IN THE WALL, PLACE AN ENVELOPE UNDERNEATH

Having sawdust fall all over the carpet isn't a huge disaster but it creates another job for yourself. The way to avoid this is to place an envelope under the area you are drilling. This will catch all of the dust so you can simply tip it in the bin. No more getting the vacuum cleaner out to clean up after you...and no more moaning at the person drilling the hole!


WHEN CUTTING WALLPAPER, DON'T START FROM THE TOP

We haven't got wallpaper in our house as we prefer to just use paint, but this is a great tip for cutting any sort of paper you have such as gift wrap. Instead of starting your cut from the edge, and laying the paper down, I have a better way of cutting for you. Hold the sheet up vertically (I know it doesn't sound right) and start your cut a few inches from the top. The piece that you haven't cut at the top will support the paper you are cutting, meaning it doesn't fold over and get in your way. This support helps you to make a cleaner cut, and when you have finished you simply cut the top bit. This has upped my gift wrapping game as there are no rough edges anymore, so I can imagine the impact it would have on cutting wallpaper!

WHEN MOVING HEAVY APPLIANCES IN THE KITCHEN, USE SOAP

This is a mistake we made when putting out washing machine in our brand new kitchen. We don't have tiles in the kitchen at the moment as we opted for the cheaper option of Lino. We struggled to get the washing machine into the tight space assigned for it, and we ended up ripping the Lino straight away. This was a shame as we couldn't afford to replace the floor straight away. It's actually the same at the moment as we're planning to change to tiles next year. A way to prevent this is to place lines of soap on the floor so the appliance slides into place instead of pushing it on a dry surface. This is one of the best tips I have learnt as it saves your floor!

SARAH HUGHES
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