21 Things Not to Say While DIYing
DIY work doesn't always go according to plan, but these are some words you definitely don't want to hear during home improvement projects.
Let’s save money and get the least expensive paint/caulk/tape/sandpaper, etc.
It’s one thing to stay on budget, but it’s another thing to buy inferior products. Like the old saying goes: You get what you pay for. We’ve heard countless tales of DIY home repair that has to be redone sooner than expected or even worse has to be hired out to fix. Check out how to remodel a bathroom on a budget the right way.
Sure, that’ll fit in the car
Gary Steinmetz was rushing to get done for the day, turned the corner and smashed his forehead into protruding lumber. His baseball cap visor blocked his view and: WHAM! After a trip to the emergency room and a half-dozen stitches, he was more careful about leaving boards sticking out at head level and decided to wear his baseball cap backward.
I’m pretty sure the electricity is off.
Always make sure the electricity is off before doing any kind of electrical work. Use a non-contact voltage tester before touching any wires and avoid making common electrical mistakes. See how to make safe connections.
I’ll just climb up on the roof and take a look.
We’ve heard plenty of ladder stories gone awry, like getting stranded on the roof after a ladder falls or hanging on to a gutter while help arrived. Do yourself a favor and use a roof harness while working on the roof or try a ladder stabilizer.
This ladder looks level, right?
Ladder safety is an utmost concern when doing DIY work. More than 500,000 people a year are treated for ladder falls and more than 300 people die from ladder-related injuries, according to the Center for Disease Control.
I already measured that.
Any DIYer knows measure twice, cut once but even the most experienced DIYer will tempt fate by rushing through something, like a reader who installed a new surround around a shower base.
Let’s just buy one gallon of paint.
You wonder why people have old cans of paint in their garage, well it’s better to be fully prepared than partially prepared. Make sure you have enough paint for your next job and make it easy with some of the best tips from pro painters.
This safety guard is in my way.
That safety guard on a table saw and other saws is there for a reason. Your fingers will thank you in advance for using the guard properly.
That’s tight enough.
There are a number of stories out there about wheels falling off vehicles because the lug nuts weren’t tight enough. Make sure you know how to change a tire properly to avoid any catastrophe on the road.
I’ll just wear my sandals.
Always make sure to wear proper shoes or boots when doing DIY work or even mowing the lawn.
We might need to add a little more lighter fluid.
Lighter fluid ought not to be trifled with around an open flame or used for unusual purposes, like lighting a plastic toilet stuck in a toilet on fire. Move on from charcoal and check out some cool grill gadgets.
How hard can it be?
It’s tempting to think you’ll work your way through a project even if you don’t know all of the steps from the get-go. But one mistake along the way can lead to a bigger cost. Learn the dos and don’t of a first-time tiling project or how enormous an undertaking can look.
I’ll remember where everything goes.
Can I get rid of this?
Decluttering for a DIYer is tough because something usually gets saved with a purpose in mind for its future use. Avoid any kind of trouble by posing the question but should you decide to get rid of some items, see how to do it. If you decide to keep some items, check out some creative projects made from repurposed material like old blinds used as a plant marker.
I’ll just paint over it.
Painting mistakes are no fun. It’s already a laborious task and a small flick of the wrist the wrong way can ruin it. Avoid painting pains by seeing how to paint perfectly and how to paint more precisely.
It’s just a little over budget.
Nobody wants to hear something is coming in over budget but keep in mind any construction project typically budgets from cost over-runs. Just make sure you keep home improvement projects affordable.
I’m sure there are no buried lines or cables, so give me the shovel.
Always call 811 before you dig. You might think you know what lies below the ground but you must make sure before shoving a shovel into the ground. You never know what you could hit. Learn more about 811 and trouble-free tree planting.
I don’t own any safety glasses because I don’t need them.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health estimates about 2,000 U.S. workers sustain a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment. Make sure you have the proper eyewear on when you work.
Are you sure that’s going to fit through the door?
Anytime new furniture is purchased or a move is made, make sure to measure the dimensions of the piece of furniture to see if it will fit through the door. Check out a floor plan creator app.
I don’t need a dropcloth.
You might think you’re a precision painter but you never know what will come rumbling through a room while you’re painting. Ensure no mess on your floor or elsewhere with a dropcloth. Protect your home during remodeling and see why a paint touch-up pen can save a wall.