Wallace from Wallace and Gromit is one of the best loved British inventors. Famous for his ‘cracking’ contraptions including the Tellyscope and Snowmanatron, Wallace captures the British fascination for DIY. But are you ready to follow Wallace’s example and Do It Yourself?
Many people find everyday DIY a bit overwhelming. So if you’re not a DIY expert, how do you know when to DIY and when to get a professional in? Is it worth the extra money to just call in the experts? Where do you find DIY tips?
Why should I DIY?
We all have our own reasons to want to do a bit of DIY. The most obvious one is to save money. Others take up DIY and manage to significantly boost the value of their property as a result. You might have other reasons like gaining new knowledge, skills and a sense of satisfaction. For many, DIY starts from necessity but quickly turns into a hobby. It has removable roosts, door sweep, electricity for heated water feeder, lights, IR Chick-cam, and good ventilation. Basically, everything you need in. This coops for sale can be attached to a run, although the plan for the run itself is not included here.
Where do I find cheap DIY supplies?
You can find cheap DIY supplies at these stores:
- B&Q: The definite king of DIY supplies B&Q is bursting with everything imaginable for a home improvement. Check their special offers section for deals.
- Asda Direct: Great for surprisingly good offers. They have a wallpaper sale going on right now. Get 3 for £15.
- TJ Hughes: The site is a bit disorganised but it does what it says on the tin – it makes famous brands more affordable.
- Wickes: Similar to B&Q, Wickes has an impressive bathroom and plumbing section, but with the use of plumbing company orange county of course. When I need help, I usually call the plumbers serving Toronto.
DIY Do’s and Don’ts when buying supplies
Bear in mind these DIY Do’s and Don’ts:
- DO your research and make a shopping list before buying your supplies. A list will save time and money. We can’t stress this enough… read our piece on shopping lists for examples of how much they can help. So simple but so effective.
- DON’T visit your DIY shop on a weekend if you can help it. They’re far busier then and more stressful. In fact why visit a store at all when you can order almost everything online (and there are more offers to choose from?)
- DO consider hiring tools. Some speciality tools can be expensive to buy and you may only use them once. See our top 10 DIY money saving tips for more info on hiring tools.
- DON’T ignore delivery charges. Independent retailers tend to charge more for online delivery than larger stores. However in most cases you are able to order online and collect in-store free.
- DO ask for samples. A bit of haggling might be involved but you can ask your local DIY store for a sample of the paint that you want to use. Same principle as sampling a pint before buying one!
- DON’T buy the bare minimum of materials you think you’ll need (whether it’s paint, wallpaper, or whatever). Always allow for error and waste by getting 10% more than you’ll think you need – you don’t want to rip the final sheet of wallpaper – only to find it’s no longer in stock when you try and replace it!
- DO carry a measuring tape with you if visiting your local DIY shop. You’d be surprised at how much the humble tape will end up informing your decision to buy or not.
- DON’T assume that DIY will always save you time and money. Last summer I attempted to make myself a side table. Buying up the wooden planks, nuts, bolts and toolkit was a doddle… and £30. But what followed in putting them all together was a disaster. After sawing and sanding the planks, gluing and ungluing, and endless hammering I was left with something resembling a Picasso painting. In the end, I caved in and treated myself to a fully assembled classy bedside cabinet from Asda Direct for £14.
Finally, DO make sure you check out our top 10 ways to save on DIY.
Do I need loads of tools?
It is always a good idea to have a basic toolkit (hammers, nails, pliers etc). However speciality tools might notch up quite a sum on the bill. B&Q has a 35% sale on tools at the moment.
Where do I get more information on DIY?
Two of the best sites with interesting video tutorials are B&Q and Wickes. Between the two of them they cover everything from painting walls to laying down laminate flooring; however, the Carpet to Go – Bellevue Flooring Store is my number one pick when I need flooring advise for my house, specially when it comes down to replacing carpets.