As the saying goes, good planning equals good stewardship. With good and sensible planning, you can protect your Do-It-Yourself goals since you are exercising good stewardship of all the resources needed to make them happen. Here are useful tips on DIY projects plans and preparations.
Check your skills first. Can you handle it?
Gather all the necessary information about the project you have in mind. Research, read, watch. Ask around and see if some people you know have done it before, and get some practical tips straight from those who have been there, done that.
Your research need not be a technical, overly detailed databank. Get what’s useful and sensible to you and leave out unnecessary ones. For instance, if you are doing a DIY bathtub installation, you can leave out too-detailed mechanical information about drill drives and nail sizes for this and that brand of power tools. When you have decided to work on a project that requires some technical and mechanical knowledge, you or at least some people in your DIY crew are expected to know the important and appropriate things already.
Have a list. Making a list is good, not only for Santa but for every DIYer. Be a list freak if you have to and you will soon discover its benefits. Create a list for your materials, prices, quality, stock availability, your DIY crew (if it requires help other than you), their skills and expertise, and other necessary “lists.”
More importantly, create a list of all the useful reminders and cautions (if any) that you have gathered (from the first step) so as not to forget them, and use them when called for during the DIY process.
Keep one extra
One very useful tip I got from a friend is it might be best to have an extra piece of the important or major materials you need. For instance, based on your measurement, you will need eight marine plywood to make a DIY double walling for your bedroom. Make that nine pieces of wood instead. This ensures that you have something extra to work on when you find your supply short. This saves you effort, time, gas and money buying the same thing again, and for just an extra piece. The best thing about the keep one extra rule is it saves you from a great deal of stress and guarantees you uninterrupted DIY work.
What if you actually didn’t get to use those extra pieces of some things? It should not be a problem since you can always sell or give to friends who might need them, or better yet keep them for emergency, which always comes up. You will reap the same benefits as when you have it as stockpile when you’re doing your DIY project. Another great use? You can create some nifty stuff out of them, meaning get a new DIY idea in the works inspired by your DIY “leftovers.”