Like DIY? Avoid These Five Costly Mistakes

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Believe You Can

We love DIY at Am-Tech. Lots of people do! And, most people would much rather do something themselves than pay someone else to do it for them. But here’s the catch. You can end up costing yourself more in the long run by doing it yourself. We’ve compiled the obvious and not-so-obvious mistakes DIY addicts often make, so hopefully you won’t…

Mistake #1 – The Superman/Wonder Woman syndrome

Have you ever met one of those people who could do everything better than you? They’re the same people who think they can build an entire house in one weekend with no help from anyone else. This is known as working beyond your scope. If you can’t do plumbing, don’t do plumbing. If you’re rotten with heights, avoid the roof. Don’t think that you can stand on tiptoes on the top rung of a rickety old ladder and think you’ll always be safe. One day you’ll be telling your DIY story in A & E!

Mistake #2 – “Permits? What permits?”

Permits aren’t there to just be a pain in your butt. They have a real purpose, and it’s in your best interest. Those folks in the permit office are there to make sure the job is done right and that you don’t go hurting yourself or anyone else. They also ensure that when you do an improvement, your insurance carrier has the necessary paperwork to keep you covered. Don’t quite know if you need one? Well, unless you’re just giving a lick of paint or new layer of paper to the guest room, chances are you’ll need one. If in any doubt, call your local council’s building department.

Mistake #3 – Saving a few too many bucks on materials

Love a bargain? Make sure you know where to draw the line. 1/4 inch drywall may save you a fortune, but it’s about as effective as a pair of curtains for soundproofing. You’ll need 3Ž4 inch for a good sound barrier. And flooring is the same story. 3/4 plywood is your best friend when it comes to keeping the noise down and giving you a strong foundation. So, crack open the piggy bank. Do the job once, do it right and do it with quality materials.

Mistake #4 – Ummmmm, that’s close enough

There is an age-old saying, “measure twice, cut once.” And you know what we’re talking about if you’ve ever cut anything to length only to realise that you measured at 303mm instead of 330mm. Bang. Your money is down the drain. So, always, always err on the side of making something a bit too long. It’s much easier to cut down than build up. So, remember. Measure twice, cut once on anything from drywall to plumbing pipes and crown molding.

Mistake #5 – Duct tape for life

We’ve all done the occasional plumbing repair with duct tape. It’s handy stuff. But it’s not a repair, it merely buys you a little time. If you’re walking out of the door to catch a flight for your two weeks in Hawaii, duct tape could very well save your bacon. But it’s NOT permanent. It WILL leak, as sure as night follows day. So, get it fixed as soon as you possibly can. And if plumbing is not your thing, get a pro to do it. Water damage can cost thousands and thousands of pounds in repairs.

So, those are the big ones, in our opinion. I’m sure many of you have more tips, feel free to post them on our Facebook page.

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