I’m not sure about you but I’m not a lover of DIY and will often rope my dad into helping with any difficult jobs rather than try to do them myself. It would appear I’m not alone in this as LED HUT recently published an infographic ‘Don’t Do It Yourself‘ showing which home improvement jobs we loathe.
I recently moved into my own house and I still have a lot of work to do to get it to how I want it. This includes doing lots of little DIY jobs such putting up shelves, hanging photo frames, changing light fittings, and so much more. Some of the jobs I will do myself but there are some jobs I wouldn’t feel confident doing.
Lack of confidence when completing DIY jobs was something that was mentioned in the inforgraphic. It stated that 22% of people surveyed are reluctant to bleed a radiator themselves, with 18-24 year olds least confident (28%). Bleeding the radiators is something I would ask my dad to do, I know you need a radiator key but that’s as far as my knowledge goes.
Topping the list of the worst DIY jobs was replacing the seal around the bath. Have you ever tried this? I have used a sealant gun and there’s a technique to it that I couldn’t master in a million years, it didn’t look great that’s all I’m going to say.
The survey also found that 9% of people didn’t like hanging photo frames themselves. I can understand this as there can be wires hiding in the walls and nobody wants a shock – literally! I also read recently of a fellow blogger who was hanging a picture and put the nail threw a wire which meant she didn’t have any electricity, not only is this an inconvenience but it can be quite costly to get it fixed.
I can also relate to the result of the flat pack furniture results. I recently bought a wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside table and desk that I had to build. 44% of people surveyed said putting flat pack furniture together was the most time consuming and I can definitively agree with this. It took 3 of us working non stop from morning until late afternoon to get the furniture built. Thankfully it was worth it in the end but it can seem never ending.
If you’re a newbie to DIY like me, then Google and YouTube are your best friend. Whether you want to hang a photo frame, combat a plumbing issue or bleed the radiator there are tips and how-to videos galore.
take a look at the tips below which will help you get started and stay safe when completing home improvements.
- Take photos. This might sound a little strange, but let me explain. If you take a photo of the item that you need to fix you can go to the DIY shop to buy replacement parts and if you’re not sure you have a photo to show the sales assistant who can advise what you will need. It also helps to give you a reference of how it looked before and what went where.
- Build up to the big projects. If you’re new to DIY start small and tackle one or two small jobs to build your confidence and give you a starting point.
- Ask for help. If you’re not sure what you’re doing don’t be afraid to ask for help. You can find a lot of helpful DIY tips online and on Youtube and there are also online DIY forums if you need to ask a question. Your local DIY store will also be happy to help with any questions you might have.
What’s your worst DIY task?