DIY is a great hobby to get into as it has such tangible and practical results. While taking up painting or martial arts can help you to create beautiful works of art or build muscle definition respectively, it’s only learning the various skills involved in DIY that will mean you end up saving money on furniture or creating a desk that is completely tailor made to your specifications.
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But of course it doesn’t start out quite like that. You might have high hopes for your first DIY project, but if you’re just starting out chances are that it won’t end up quite how you envisioned. In fact it’s likely to end up looking like some kind of abomination that barely does the job it’s designed for and that poses a real threat of falling apart. Like anything DIY skill takes time and practice and it’s crucial not to get too disheartened if things don’t go your way right from the start.
The good news though is that there are several ways you can speed up this learning process and start producing things that will actually be useful and that you won’t be banned from keeping in the house. Here are some ways you can ‘up your game’ when it comes to DIY and really start to benefit from the hobby.
One of the best ways to improve your DIY ability is to kit yourself out with new tools. While you are going to need a basic level of competence still to create anything worthwhile, it’s much easier to accomplish this when you aren’t wrestling with a blunt saw and when you don’t have to use your fingers to drive a screw all the way home because you don’t have the right screwdriver.
As well as buying new tools you should also clear a clean workspace with lots of room to get creative, and make sure that everything you are using is well maintained and in good condition. You’ll be surprised what a difference it can make.
Something else that can help a lot is to take up a range of other relevant hobbies and there are many skills that will nicely complement your basic DIY abilities. For instance learning to paint can help you to apply the finishing touches when you’ve created your masterpiece, while learning to draw schematics and designs will help you plan the project from the start.
Of course taking lessons in DIY is a great way to fast track your learning, and particularly as you’ll have the help and support of the teacher and the class on hand. If you don’t have the time or spare cash for this option though then there are a number of others ways you can get ‘lessons’. YouTube for instance is a great source of instruction and if you set up a laptop in your workshop you can easily follow those instructions. Likewise any good books (with illustrations) can be great for learning, as can simply ‘reverse engineering’ some of the things you have around the home to see how they were put together.
Oh and of course you need to practice. The best lessons are those we learn from our mistakes.
Amy Sawyer is a freelance writer in the UK. Many people, she believes, waste a lot of money on trivial home improvement issues and she advises them to follow certain simple tips mentioned by Wickes DIY to get the job done.