DIY Tips for When You Are Working Alone

Most of the time a home project can be finished with some diy tips and some good ole’ fashioned hard work. For many people there is something satisfying about finishing an important project yourself, and being able to look at your work with pride when it’s all said and done. However, there are times when you will need a little more help than you expected. Lucky for you, there are plenty of ways to get over all those obstacles while still flying solo on your project. 

DIY Tips: Safety 

Safety is an important factor of any diy project. While it is always a good idea to get a professional if a job is too dangerous there are plenty of diy tips you can use to make your work site much safer. 

  • Use scaffolding instead of ladders – This allows you to carry things up and down the scaffolding a lot safer than if you were to try and use a ladder. 
  • Use a dolly – Don’t hurt yourself moving things that are too heavy, a dolly can help roll heavy objects where you need them to go. 
  • Use a wheelbarrow – Sometimes items are even too heavy for the dolly, but do not try to lift them into a wheelbarrow. Simply tip the wheelbarrow over and push the item in. This will give you leverage to lift the item without hurting yourself. 
  • Hanging drywall – Make sure to use a panel lift to do it safely. 
  • Holding up heavy objects – Make sure to use an adjustable extension pole for holding objects such as cabinets and air-conditioners in place, when attempting to install them. 

DIY Tips: Holding Items in Place 

  • Making a rig – support rigs or “cleats” can be made out of scrap wood. These are simply used to hold the other end of a large piece of metal, wood, or whatever you are working with. 
  • Using clamps – There are many different types of clamps, all with their own unique uses. Having clamps to hold things in place is vital for many DIY projects. 
  • Measuring tools – make sure to have a yardstick or some other type of semi-long measuring tool. This can be great for measuring long gaps in that would cause a tape measure to collapse. 
  • Have a toolbelt – One of the most common mistakes that DIYers make is not having anywhere to put your tools. This makes this one of the most important out of all of the diy tips. Having a toolbelt avoids reaching and many other situations that could become dangerous depending on the project. 
  • Finding the right breaker – Many projects require you to disable a particular outlet. In order to protect yourself and make sure you found the right breaker. Plug a noise-making device or radio into the outlet when going downstairs to check the breaker. When the sound stops, you know you found the right breaker. 

More Questions? 

If you have any more questions or need any assistance with your project, do not hesitate to contact the home improvement experts at Wright. We love hearing about new projects and would be happy to offer suggestions, tips, or even offer services. Contact us today!

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