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9 Myths About DIY: Busted

The DIY world can seem strange and intimidating if you have never tried to complete a project without the help of a professional.  There are a lot of myths about DIY, which can be fun, satisfying and save you money. At the door-store.co.uk we can offer advice and supply superior products that will help you achieve your DIY projects.

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Let’s bust those myths –

  1. You have to do everything yourself – You should be aiming to learn how to do things for yourself but there is no shame in asking someone that you know is great at DIY or a tradesman for some help or advice, to do the job alongside you or to do the work while you watch and ask questions. People generally love to help and share their skills, you only have to ask.  Be aware too that there are some things that are best left to a certified professional, for safety reasons.
  2. You have to own a lot of equipment – You might need some special equipment but you will probably be able to loan some things from friends or family (look after their tools, return them promptly, so they will be happy to lend to you again).  Other equipment might be something you will never use again and so this is the time to use a hire company.
  3. You need to be an expert –  The aim of DIY is to become a knowledgeable amateur, so do not feel that you have to be an expert before you start, work carefully, ask questions and treat each project as an opportunity to learn a new skill.
  4. You need to spend a lot of money – Sometimes you do have to make some capital outlay, to buy a basic toolkit for example, but this toolkit will be with you over the years, being used again and again and will earn it’s keep, saving you money and bringing you the satisfaction and pride you will gain in a job well done.
  5. It’s only for people on a limited budget – Many people start off DIYing because it is a way to save money but they quickly find that they prefer to do tasks themselves, to their own standards and in their own time frame.
  6. Everything has to be DIY – This is quite a dangerous attitude as some things should only be done by qualified tradesmen for safety reasons.  Some projects are best done by someone who is really skilled in a specific area too.
  7. It will never be as good as a tradesman’s work – with care and time being spent on the project there is absolutely no reason why your work should not be as good as a tradesman’s.
  8. It takes far too long – DIY can be very time consuming and it is easy to overestimate how quickly you can complete a task.  Plan realistically and don’t plan to spend too long at one time on a project and it will not feel like an onerous task
  9. It is too much like hard work – some DIY tasks are really hard work and call for some help along the way but, again, planning and breaking the project up realistically will stop it feeling like hard work and turn it into a satisfying and rewarding activity.