Optimize DIY Projects: Tips That Elevate DIY to an Art

While some people go into DIY blindly, without any concern for the right kinds of preparation and the right kinds of tools, many choose to listen to the experts.

Experts such as Tommy Walsh (Collins DIY) and Kelly Hoppen (Posh and Becks) all encourage DIY enthusiasts to research, prepare well and find the best ways to do things first.

Surviving DIY

Sometimes it is all a matter of survival. DIY projects, such as replacing floorboards and installing sash windows are not easy. Therefore, some recommendations are in place to make your life easier as a DIY weekend warrior.


Sanding should be done with the right kind of sandpaper or sander, and the sanding should be done along the grain. This means you have to find the direction of the cambium and sand that way.

If you sand across the grain, you will end up with a coarse texture that you will have redo to smoothen. DIY enthusiasts know that if you have to repeat something, you did it wrong the first time. Time is gold. Remember, you do not want to be stressed out even before you finish the DIY project.

Another use for butter is…

It is not true that nothing beats WD40 or monkey grease when it comes to reducing friction. Nevertheless, creaking doors, creaking windows and creaking gates can all be remedied with butter.

Use butter that had already melted, and apply liberally around the creaking joints. The butter should have as little water content, and should have high fat content. Avoid overly salted butter as these could react with metal or with wood.

On the use of wood

If you want to install a new gate, new fences and build new shelves for your home, get the woods cut at the merchant. Some people like to saw their planks of wood themselves.

While it is fine if you have an electric saw, it’s a waste of time if you are doing it manually. Cutting is almost always free at merchants, so make your measurements before you buy and have your wood pieces cut before you bring them home.

Want a bigger room?

If you want a room to look bigger than it really is, but you do not need extra space, do not knock down the walls yet. You heard us right; do not get that sledgehammer yet.

One very simple way to make a room look bigger than it really is, is hanging a mirror. Try it for yourself and you will instantly see what we mean.

Scrape the scraper

Replacing old wallpapers can be tricky business. Not only have the adhesives dried completely into the wood or concrete, but often, the wallpaper just won’t give up.

Some people resort to violence- with a scraper. Unfortunately, scrapers have the tendency to damage the surface below the wallpaper. Paint, wood and concrete come along with the old wallpaper.

In cold countries such as the United Kingdom, depleted walls are never good things. What is the solution? Hire a steamer machine and use it to tear the wallpaper naturally from the wall.

The author of this article is Benedict Yossarian. Benedict recommends Roof Bond Foam Roof Insulation and Dekorbeton Concrete Stamping for your DIY needs