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Top 5 DIY Disasters

Watch That Shelf! Top 5 DIY Disasters

Many people like to partake in a spot of DIY come the weekend, and why not? You can save some money putting up those new shelves yourself, and the results can be very satisfying. However, DIY misadventures can cause serious damage, not just to your property but to yourself and others as well.

Shelves look so easy to put up, but they can be a real nightmare if you don't do the job properly, and this is a classic DIY disaster area. The main problem with shelving DIY jobs is that they end up not being level. It is therefore always essential to use a spirit level whenever you put up a shelf.

A more serious problem is failing to fix a shelf into the wall properly.
If you do this, it could fall down and cause injury to you or others.
Always make sure you attach shelves to the wall very securely,
and if you are in doubt then get help – better that than end
up hurting someone or damaging your home

Another classic DIY problem is drilling into the wall to put up a shelf or picture frame only to strike a water pipe or power cable, which can lead to serious damage to your property. The solution is often simple: avoid drilling into areas around light switches, and use a stud detector to check for any dangers before you drill the hole.

Injuries of all kinds are serious problems
  with DIY, but one of the most common of
    all are falls. Falls from ladders cause
      thousands of injuries every year, often
        through failing to use the right size
          ladder or through placing it on an
            uneven surface. Always invest in a
              good, strong ladder, make sure it
                is long enough for the job, and
                  place it firmly on the ground
                    before climbing it.

Many DIY problems occur in the bathroom, so take extra care here. Tiling is often a DIY disaster area. It can be a complicated process, and if you do it wrong you could end up ruining your bathroom floor or walls. There is also a higher risk of drilling into a pipe in the bathroom, so be especially careful when making any kind of hole.

Painting should be the easiest of DIY jobs, and yet it can often lead to disastrous results. From choosing the wrong colour paint to choosing the wrong type of paint for the surface to failing to prepare the surface properly before applying the paint, there are lots of things that can go wrong here and stop you from achieving the look you want.

If you want to do a spot of DIY around the home or garden,
that's great. However, just make sure that you prepare properly
and that you are aware of the risks before you begin.

Remember to take your safety seriously, invest in the right materials, and, most importantly, don't attempt anything that is beyond your capabilities. If you are unsure about any job, it is always a good idea to consult with a qualified professional before proceeding.

Here at buildingmaterials.co.uk we offer a great range of products for both DIY and trade; from plasterboard, fixings and accessories to insulation for all types of property. Our expert team is only a phone call away should you have any queries about how best to approach your project.


by Phillip Lidgerton

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