I’m a big fan of DIY. I love getting stuck into a big project or fixing a problem in the house. It feels good and saves money, win-win! I get a lot of my equipment using things like Raise coupons so I get them at a cheaper price and if there’s one thing everybody loves it’s a bargain. Some of my earliest memories of my father are him with a hammer in his hand, fixing something-or-other. Now that I have kids of my own, I like to think they see me in the same way. (Don’t tell them I’m making it up as I go along!) Lots of other Dads have asked me about my DIY tips and tricks. So I thought I’d write it up into a blog and make it super simple. Here goes.
A good toolbox should be at the heart of every DIY Dad’s arsenal. I can go to my toolbox and know that I have (just about) everything I need. You don’t need to go overboard here. A good hammer, a range of screwdrivers and a couple of wrenches are your basics. I also like to keep plenty of spare screws and nails, they always come in handy. A selection of electric tools are useful too. The electric drill comes out regularly. My electric sander and saw are great, but not used so often.
Repairs are always my job. I love getting stuck into a difficult problem in the home. But, it’s important that you never overextend yourself. When it comes to certain tasks, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. Tightening pipes and simple electrical problems are fine. But major plumbing and electric issues should be left to the pros and you can find electricians offering nationwide electrical repairs near you for example. Fixing wooden structures is my forte. Give me a broken fence or shelf and I’ll fix it in no time. These are easy repairs that you can do too.
It’s always good to have a DIY project on the go. It could be as simple and easy as a new shelf or storage area, for example. It could be more interior design based too. You could build your own small picture frame or coffee table. I like to try and spread my skills. One weekend I might tackle a woodwork project. The following weekend I’ll take on something with steel or maybe fabric.
Extensions and home renovations are the ultimate DIY project. I’ve done one myself and can’t recommend it enough. It makes a huge difference to your property and comes with an amazing feeling of satisfaction. You can do a lot of it yourself, but you’ll also need contractors. I suggest using this company Electrical Connection for cabling and lighting connections. You might need a plumber too. Having said that, you can get involved with the sledgehammer. After all, that’s the best part!
Gardening is the last thing I’ll mention here. You don’t need quite so many DIY skills and you can have fun with this one. Invest in a shed full of good equipment and keep the yard nice and trim. Remember to keep it child friendly!
That’s all, folks! I hope that sharing my love of DIY has helped you in some way. Let me know about any DIY projects you’ve taken on recently. Any success stories, or failures!