DIY and Home Improvement Is Easy If You Start Right.
DIY is easy for most people, we are not talking rocket science are we. We are talking about you picking up some manual skills, using a bit of common sense and improving your home.
Start with small jobs, build your confidence, slowly pick up a few essential tools.
The next time you see a plumber or a builder, study the guy and ask yourself what makes him different from me? Chances are he's just an ordinary guy doing an ordinary job. - Sometimes a very ordinary job.
He has had to learn a lot of things, over possibly many
years, but you don't need to know a fraction of what he has
to know If you only want to fix a door, or renovate your
tops, you don't need to know about roofing.
You are probably right to think
"if he can do it, so can I".
You still don't believe me?
to this, I remember clearly a morning nearly 50 years ago when a chap
walked into the joinery workshop where I was an apprentice. He placed a
new half circle hall table in front of our shop foreman and the rest of
us for inspection. There were about six tradesmen joiners there ranging
from 30 to 75 years old.
all blown away by the quality of the workmanship in that little piece.
So how could Ian (a so called amateur) or anyone else like him do a truly professional job?
I read Robert Persig's " Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" early on in my career, and a lot of his ideas are still with me today. He describes how he was p....d off by the standard of workmanship from so called tradesmen who seemed more intent on listening to the radio and enjoying themselves, than the job they were being paid to do.
He then went on to teach himself how to do it better, and he did. (This is a very simple example from a complex book).
To this day I very rarely listen to the radio when I am working. (Well maybe when I am doing something like painting :-)
As a carpenter I taught myself to weld, not so much as to do it as THE welder on on contracts but to be able to recognise a good weld (and welder) when I see one. Then it had other advantages that I hadn't thought about.
So almost by accident, just in passing I learned a useful skill. and so can you, it ain't rocket science.
Here's a link to a young friend's DIY website. Bill is a great example of getting stuck in and and doing it himself. He's saving money learning new skills and what's more he is passing on his knowledge to others.
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