It’s fair to say that, for most people, DIY jobs rarely reach their conclusion without a hitch or two. There’s always at least one unwelcome surprise or unforeseen circumstance that sets progress back, and all you can do is try to adapt and move on as quickly as possible. These things happen and, for the most part, they’re out of your control.
There are, however, DIY setbacks that can be controlled – and we’ve explained a few of the most common issues, and their solutions, below…
PROBLEM: Running out of supplies while the work is ongoing
Running short of supplies is arguably the most common issue that DIYers experience, ultimately resulting in the work having to be paused while further supplies are purchased. This issue is most commonly seen with tasks such as laying floors, hanging wallpaper, or painting a wall; tasks that require an estimate of the amount of material needed, influenced by the manufacturer’s instructions.
SOLUTION: Buying more than you need
If the wallpaper you’re using says that one roll will cover five metres, presume it will only cover four; if the paint you’re using says it will cover 14 square metres, presume it will only cover ten – and so on. If you use less than you have bought, offer the excess on local Facebook groups, Gumtree, or similar sites – many people want smaller quantities of everyday DIY items, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding someone to take them off your hands.
PROBLEM: Losing essential items during the work
You find yourself mid-task, with all progressing well, and then suddenly realise that you have lost track of an item that you are relying on to complete the work. For example, when hanging wallpaper, you set the scissors down for just a second, and then said scissors seem to vanish into thin air – and you have to spend the next 10 minutes looking for them. Multiply this issue across a task, and you can easily lose hours of time.
SOLUTION: Clear the space you’re working in before beginning
The majority of the time, this issue is caused by cramped working conditions, so try to practice a minimalist approach to each task you undertake. To achieve this, move all existing furniture and items that normally live in the room you are working on into storage before you begin the work; this should give you an uncluttered space that allows you to keep track of every task-related item with ease.
PROBLEM: An online tutorial doesn’t go to plan
Online DIY tutorials are incredibly useful, but they tend to make presumptions or assume the reader is working in very specific circumstances. For example, if you’re trying to lay laminate flooring for the first time, the tutorial may go through a few preparatory steps, then say “cut your laminate planks to size, then lay the first plank…” – which is all well and good, but if you’re not sure which tool you should use to you cut your planks to size, you’re stuck.
SOLUTION: Use the tutorials to create your own guide
With the above example, you could search for another tutorial on the different options for cutting laminate, then add this to the first tutorial to create your own step-by-step guide. By blending multiple tutorials into one, the process of completing the work should be all-encompassing, without the need for on-the-job research that ultimately slows the process down.
By employing the solutions above, you should find that your next DIY job runs exactly as it should – good luck!
This is a collaborative post.