Be Aware of These Unexpected DIY Issues

Lockdown has been a huge challenge for a lot of us around the world. Since March many households have been stuck inside, either working from home or not being able to work at all.

If you were one of those people, and you’ve been in your house with your family for the last 6 months, it is only right to say that the view might get boring after a while.

Today why not take the chance to do some DIY and make some real positive changes to your home?

If you are planning to do some DIY work though it is very important to be aware of the common issues that can arise. Today we are going to take you through some of the most common problems with doing DIY that you should be aware of.

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The noise

DIY can be a noisy job. If you are drilling holes, sanding surfaces, or doing heavy work around your home it can be incredibly loud. This is just one of the things you should prepare for beforehand. If you are living in a semi-detached house for example make sure you warn your neighbor. And wear ear protection!

The snowball effect

You might take a look at your living room one day and think to yourself that you want to do a quick paint job. But then as you look at the wall you notice a few holes that need to be filled, and then you need to sand it, and then you decide to freshen up the gloss paint on the skirting boards while you are at it… DIY tends to snowball. Make sure that before you start a job; you know exactly what you want to do and what resources you will need because it is all too easy to end up doing too much!

Safety hazards

There are a lot of things that can go wrong when doing jobs in your house: from stabbing yourself with a sharp knife to getting hurt by your sandpaper or a hammer. If you do happen to get injured when doing DIY make sure you that you clean the wound with a pulsar ii or salt water syringe as soon as you can, patch up carefully and rest.

Dirt

If you are a clean freak – DIY work can bring out the anxiety in you. DIY work can be incredibly messy and you will often end up with dirt and dust all over the house. The best way to cope with the dirt made by DIY is to grab yourself a few old blankets to cover the floor and furniture. There are many ways that you can create dirt but also many ways to keep your home clean and protected. One clever hack when drilling a hole in the wall is to place a post-it note on the wall underneath so it is sticking out towards you, it will catch the dust and debris and you can simply pick it up carefully and throw it away.

Wishing you the very best,

Suzie Carr, novelist

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