Not a DIY sort of guy?
No worries, man. We've got Cowboy Builders presenter and DIY pro Edward Robinson here to help you go from do-it-yourself zero to mirror-hanging, wall-painting, house-repairing superhero...
Every man should have the following in his tool box:
"A hammer, screwdriver set, a spirit level, tape measure, small spanner set, adjustable wrench or a pair of pliers, craft knife, a radiator key, a small selection of various sized paintbrushes, pencils, safety goggles and dust masks, ball of string and random screws and nails. They always come in handy for something.
Don't dress like a construction worker, but don't wear your finest suit.
"If you're undertaking a DIY project, wear something that is sensible and comfortable. An old pair of jeans and a t-shirt or jumper is good. The correct footwear is also a good idea. Depending on the level of DIY project you're undertaking a good pair of work boots or sturdy pair of trainers is important to protect your feet. A pair of goggles or a dust mask is handy when handling glass, spray painting or sawing wood.
Planning ahead is key.
"Taking the time to prep at the start will always save you time at the end of the day.
Save the big jobs until the weekend.
"When you get home from work, the last thing you want to do is haul yourself up ladder to paint or carry out strenuous job. Weekends are usually better, after a good nights sleep. A full day ahead, with no time constraints, makes its safer, too.
Use whatever you've already got in the house to help you.
"Don't buy anything expensive to get paint, dirt or grease off your hands. Vegetable oil does exactly the same thing, is kinder to your hands and better for the environment. You can also use an elastic band to get the grip back when a screw head get stripped from over-screwing. Plastic takeaway trays are also great for mixing paint or using as a handy pot.
Don't always throw things away.
"Always keep that little tool or alan key that comes with flat pack furniture. It'll come in handy when you least expect it. If you're painting, save some of the spare paint in a small jar to keep it for touch ups.
Vacuum as you go.
"If you're hanging heavy pictures or mirrors, or are required to drill a hole into the wall for a screw fitting, hold the vacuum nozzle under the drill bit as you're drilling, as it'll suck up the brick dust and save you time wiping it on the walls.
Make big tasks smaller where possible.
"When building flat-pack furniture, the big bag of oddly-shaped screws, bolts and bits can look daunting. I always separate the individual components into bowls. It’s so much easier and less frustrating than sifting through a pile looking for one type of screw.
Don't let stress get the better of you.
"If you're not feeling calm during a DIY session, just take a five minute break, have a cup of tea and eat a few chocolate biscuits.
"If you're working on a project involving gas, electrics or plumbing, it's best to seek professional help."
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