Although my grandfather was a plumber and did carpentry as a hobby, my dad and I are strictly amateurs when it comes to home repairs and improvements. However, you can a lot of money with DIY projects compared to buying ready-made furniture such as bookcases, or having to pay tradesmen to hang a door or fix a toilet cistern. Do-it-yourself projects can also be a great hobby and stress reliever - but only if you know what you're doing!
Although DIY is a potential money-saver, things can easily get off-track if you don't know what you're doing and don't know where to turn for help. My dad has been renovating the family home in preparation for selling it and moving to the country. But what started out as a project that should take 3-6 months to complete has now dragged on for over three years! Some tasks, like finishing a ceiling or laying floor tiles can take forever if you don't know the "tricks of the trade" - knowledge is power!. Just a few secrets can save you hours of wasted effort and materials.
If you are thinking about a home improvement project, check out DoitYourself.com. It's is an open, free community with articles and many active forums on DIY home improvement topics. So, whether you are renovating your own home, starting a project, or even buy resale homes to renovate and resell at a profit, you should visit to DoItYourself.com and consider buying the "DoItYourself" DVD.
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