Do It Yourself

THE DIY BEFORE-YOU-START CHECKLIST:

A little bit of planning before you start your project can save you a lot of time and aggravation down the line. Here's a simple list of things to consider that will help make your project a success.

HAVE THE REQUIRED PERMITS

You may need a permit for anything more than just painting and wallpapering. When in doubt, go online or call your local building department.

GET ALL YOUR TOOLS AND SUPPLIES

Research your job fully, from demolition to waste collection. Make sure you have all the right tools and supplies on hand. Nothing slows down a job more than not having all the materials you need.

CLEAR YOUR WORK AREA

  • Minimize disruptions by sealing off rooms.
  • Make sure children are out of the work area.
  • Have the right waste solution ready to help keep your work area clear.

BE PREPARED FOR THE DEBRIS

Make sure your have the right waste solution ready before the debris starts to pile up. Getting a BagsterĀ® bag ahead of time is a smart move because you can stash it on a shelf until you're ready to start. Fill it with up to 3,300 lb of debris. Then schedule a collection and it's gone.

SAFETY FIRST

  • Wear safety goggles when using power tools.
  • Open windows when you're painting, staining, or stripping old finishes.
  • Wear gloves when carrying wood, metal and rock, or when hammering.
  • Don't wear loose-hanging clothing, especially when using power tools.

KNOW YOUR EXPERIENCE LIMITS

Don't work beyond your knowledge or experience. Even the best DIY-ers can use an experienced hand now and then.

  • Create a "task inventory" for your job and be brutally honest about determining what you can and cannot do. For example, if you don't know how to do plumbing or electrical work, seriously consider calling a pro.

KNOW YOUR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL LIMITS

Most accidents happen when you're physically and mentally tired.

  • Schedule breaks. Approaching a task with a fresh eye can be worth an extra hour of labor.