If remodeling isn’t really one of your gifts, welcome to the club. Learning the best way to do many simple remodeling tasks just takes looking at things in a different light. Sometimes just a few simple tips can save you hours or time from having to redo a project – time that you could spend doing something else.
There really is nothing more manly than putting on that tool belt and dropping the hammer on a Saturday morning project. But before you get all crazy, see if some of these tips might save you a little time and aggravation on your next home remodeling project.
Everyone has been told to measure twice and cut once, but how many times have you done so only to find that something went wrong between your measuring and cutting? Next time, try using the metric side of the tape measure. It’s much easier to remember a whole number than to remember fractions of an inch. You don’t need to know the metric system to use the metric side of the tape. You just need to be able to count and you will find that your measurements are much more exact when you do so.
Make sure that you have the right tools for the job before you even get started. You can easily waste a lot of time and lumber trying to cut one piece of wood with a hand saw when a table saw is simply a necessity for finish carpentry. Also, trying to make do with what you have on hand can lead to injury if you’re using the wrong tool for the job. If you don’t have the tools yourself, ask friends if you can borrow their tools or visit your local rental center to get that right tool for your remodeling job.
Before you break out the tools though, be sure that you know what you’re doing. Have a plan and work out any design problems before you start your project. A sketch of what you’re trying to build along with measurements and details drawn out ahead of time can save you a headache when you discover that the plan inside your head has issues. This is why professionals have blueprints when they build a house and why your local zoning officer requires that you submit a plan before starting any big home remodeling project. Plan ahead or you might find yourself doing the same home improvement project over again and again.
Working around your house can be a lot of fun if you follow some very basic rules. We are programed to build things and create and living out that destiny by doing some home remodeling can be quite enjoyable with a little planning, the right tools and some knowledge. Having the satisfaction of knowing that you did it yourself can add to your enjoyment of your home and your home remodeling projects if you are patient and work wisely.