There’s something quite special about learning how to partake in and complete a new DIY activity. Being able to know what tools you need, what materials to acquire, and then fixing the issue with limit cost but full autonomy is something that speaks to our deepest need for control and capability. There’s a deep satisfaction in knowing you’re able to attend to your house, or offer help to your neighbor when they need it.
That said, like anything, DIY is a skill and a habit that you need to practice and keep up on if you’re to have any success whatsoever. Too many first timers think that picking up a toolbox is enough, and that’s a great place to start, but we must also make sure that we’re safe, not just willing and effective too.
DIY is not something we can really learn through direct experimentation. Perhaps this might work for putting up shelves, but we doubt you’ll be able to fix an appliance or install a toilet by just trying it out and figuring out what works. In this post, then, we’ll discuss the best first-time approaches someone new to DIY can take, to learn properly:
Yield To the Experts
When we begin with DIY, it’s easy to be excited to care for everything and to try and partake in all we can. But as the best plumber and the most reliable electrician will tell you, it’s important to stay safe and yield to the experts where you can. It can’t hurt to work alongside them if installing a shower basin for instance, and to ask for tips, but knowing where your professional capabilities end (such as with wiring a home) and making sure that you use expert help to better your own additions is the important line every DIY professional needs to focus on.
Consult With Hardware Store Staff
Hardware store staff tend to be quite capable when yielding advice, especially those that have been there for some time and know their clientele well. They’re usually happy to help you fill out a first-time toolbox, or to refer you to the right screws, or to help you search for spare parts if you need them for a particular project. Consulting with hardware store staff in this light and developing a good relationship can be nothing but fruitful.
Join Online Communities
Online communities such as Reddit or more focused DIY forums can help you get to grips with the thorough necessity of practicing good DIY, and doing so in a capable and effective manner. This can help you avoid rookie mistakes such as putting on hinges the wrong way around or will help you understand the benefits and disadvantages between certain power tools, the first time you purchase one serving as a major milestone worth appreciating and taking care of.
With this advice, you’re certain to take a responsible first-timers approach to DIY, in the best possible sense. You may be surprised just how effective it is in the long run.