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Simple Remodeling Tips For The Handyman

By Erick Hastings

Are you all thumbs when it comes to home remodeling? Do you often find yourself unhappy with many of your home improvement projects and you wish that you had the skills that other guys seem to have? Here are a few tips that can help you get the results that you’re looking for Mister Handyman.

I know you feel very manly when you smell that sawdust and feel that hammer in your hands but hold on a minute. We want to get this job done right. We don’t want to have to go back and do it all over again, right? So, here’s some help that will save you time and frustration.

While you may have heard the saying, “measure twice, cut once” quite a few times, do you want to know the simplest way to take a measurement? Use the metric side of your tape measure. Even if you don’t understand the metric system, if you can count then you can use the metric side of the tape measure. It’s much easier to remember a whole digit number than sixteenths of an inch, wouldn’t you agree?

Before starting any work, be sure that you have the proper tools. It can be frustrating to try to do a good job with tools that weren’t intended for that job or which are lacking in precision to give you the performance that you might need. For instance, you can hammer a nail in with a rock but a hammer does a much better job. You could cut a board with some precision but a table saw or miter box really is the way to go if you want a nice clean and precise cut. If you don’t have the right tool yourself, visit your local rental center or ask some of your friends if you could borrow the necessary tools.

Before you break out the tools though, be sure that you know what you’re doing. Have a plan and work out any design problems before you start your project. A sketch of what you’re trying to build along with measurements and details drawn out ahead of time can save you a headache when you discover that the plan inside your head has issues. This is why professionals have blueprints when they build a house and why your local zoning officer requires that you submit a plan before starting any big home remodeling project. Plan ahead or you might find yourself doing the same home improvement project over again and again.

Doing home renovations can be a lot of fun and very rewarding. There’s no need for your home improvement project to be frustrating or more costly than it needs to be. By following these few simple tricks your home remodeling project might become just a little more enjoyable than it might have been before and you can kick back and proudly proclaim that you did it yourself.

Check out our website to view the work of some of Greensboro North Carolina’s most talented home remodelers. See what true craftsmanship is all about.

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