As a man, it’s taken as a given that you will know how to do things around the house. But if you’ve never had to do some things before, or you’re not qualified in a trade, then DIY chores can be something of a mystery, and make your break out in a cold sweat!
The good news is that there isn’t a handyman school that everyone goes to to learn about different DIY jobs, you can teach yourself or have someone else show you to help you nail it. Help yourself become more confident with DIY with the following tips.
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Get yourself the right tools
To be able to do DIY around the house, you’re going to need the right tools. Having a toolbox equipped with everything you need like screwdrivers, hammers, etc. will mean that you should be able to tackle most jobs. Building a tool box is something that can take time, but it gives people some great gift ideas for you for a while!
Once you’ve mastered your basic tools, you can start looking at other types of tool that can be handy to have for your DIY. The Sharp Cut has some really great reviews of items like table saws to help you choose the best products for your money. Remember you can get some bargains on tools in different sales, so it’s worth keeping an eye out at sale time if you’ve got some items on your wishlist.
Watch YouTube videos for step-by-step guidance
YouTube is a great place to find an answer for almost anything. From how to fix a leaky tap to building your own garden furniture, you can learn how to do anything via a YouTube tutorial. Think of it as following a recipe or watching a cooking show – you’ll soon be mastering different tasks at home. If you need to fix something that’s broken, take a look at YouTube first and see if there’s a simple tutorial you can follow. Who knows, you might even get a taste for watching DIY videos online!
Ask someone who’s a DIY expert for advice
Just because you’re not an expert at DIY, doesn’t mean that someone else isn’t. Parents, relatives, friends and colleagues can be a good source of DIY information and might be able to offer you a helping hand if there’s something that you’re really struggling with.
If you’ve got a few jobs to tackle around the home, ask someone you know is confident with their DIY to come over and help. It’ll help you learn things on the jo and you can celebrate a job well done together once you’ve finished.
Don’t be afraid to have a go at things
Many people put off DIY because they don’t know where to start, letting their fear of DIY lead to dozens of untouched jobs that could become worse if they’re not tackled sooner. Some of the simpler jobs, like putting up shelves, and so on can be easily done after work or on the weekend, and you’ll grow in confidence with each job that you manage to complete. You’ll be surprised at what you can achieve when you put your mind to it, so don’t let a fear of DIY get the better of you.
Take some courses
While there isn’t a handyman school that everyone attends to learn how to DIY, there are some courses you can take to help you learn some basic skills. It’s worth doing a search of DIY courses in your local area that will teach you different areas of handiwork. From learning how to paint properly to doing some basic woodwork, you can feel more confident about your DIY skills with some instruction.
Take on some fun projects
It’s true that DIY can feel like a chore, but when you turn it into something fun instead, you’ll find it much easier to enjoy doing some DIY. There are some projects that will help turn you into a DIY expert that can be enjoyable to do, especially when you see the end result. From creating some new pieces for your home to upcycling some furniture that’s seen better days, you’ll be able to take on some great projects while learning different skills in the process.
You can also fuel your interest in DIY by watching one of the many TV programmes based on the subject. Programmes like DIY SOS are great for getting ideas and learning new skills, giving you some valuable inspiration when it comes to planning your own projects.
Only take on jobs you think you can handle
While it’s one thing knowing how to get on with DIY jobs, it’s another to know when to leave them alone. Deciding when to DIY and when to bring in a professional is tough, but it’s not worth attempting something too complicated if you don’t know what you’re doing. Things such as electrical tasks and plumbing should be left to the experts, or you could risk causing even more damage.
Teamwork can help make lighter work
Why not get your partner involved in the DIY to help make lighter work of things? With a bit of teamwork, you can both learn how to do things together, instead of one person having to handle the pressure alone. This will also save you a lot of time, and can help you build some special memories in your home as you reminisce about your struggles with DIY.
Becoming more confident with DIY will bring a number of benefits to you and your home. You’ll feel more capable of fixing minor problems, as well as wanting to take a look at bigger projects. As you start feeling more assured in your abilities, you can consider carrying out some home upgrades to improve your home and to boost its value. Don’t be afraid to learn how to tackle DIY, as these skills will benefit you not just now, but in the years to come too.