Friday 23 June 2017

Who Says DIY Is A Dad's Domain?!

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We all know the stereotype, right? Mom spends her time dealing with the cooking and the cleaning while dad is out in the garage working on DIY projects (and probably injuring himself). Well, it seems that despite the fact that most of us are now fully past the whole "cooking and cleaning is a woman's job" attitude, (thank goodness!) a lot of people still seem to treat DIY as an inherently masculine activity. Well, that's completely ridiculous! There's no reason why a guy has to deal with all of the DIY jobs around the house. Not only because it's only fair to share the workload but also because DIY can be really fun so why should the guys get to have it all to themselves? If you're a little new to DIY, then it might be a bit tricky to know where to start. With that in mind, here are a few crucial pieces of advice for anyone looking to starting doing it themselves!

Get the right equipment

If you're going to be DIY, as much as you're going to working with your hands, you're not going to be able to do much without the right tools. The best thing to do is to think about the kind of projects that you actually want to do and then build your tool selection around them. You might even find that, over the years, you've collected a fair few of the most common tools that you need. Most people at least have a hammer, a wrench, and a screwdriver kicking around at home. But anything more advanced then you should look at the kinds of jobs you're going to be doing. Be warned: buying tools can be strangely addictive. Just remember not to get anything you don't really need. You may well find yourself drooling over a Lincoln 3350 welding helmet for sale or some amazing new power tools before you know it. However, it's a good idea to wait until you actually need them before putting down any serious money on them.

Start small

Don't assume that you're going to be repairing your entire home the moment you pick up a hammer and some nails. Start small and focus on some simple projects that will give you the skills that you need in the future. Things like putting up shelves might seem incredibly simple, but they can actually present a pretty significant challenge for a DIY beginner. After all, anyone can attach some shelves to a wall, but not everyone can make sure that they're completely straight and arranged properly in a way that won't leave things rolling off them as soon as you put them down. You should also remember that the internet is your friend. Not only can you find plenty of small DIY projects that will teach you all of the most important skills, but the internet is also the best place to go when you have any questions about a project that you're currently undertaking. Unless you already know what you're doing, it can be incredibly difficult to know where to start with some things, and there are plenty of tutorials online that can demystify a lot of things for you.

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