DIY (Do-it-yourself) initiatives cover a fairly wide range of exercises and can be classified in many different ways. For the purpose of this short article, however, we will focus on DIY projects in and around your home.
The services market is the speediest developing market world-wide, to a degree because individuals nowadays are inclined to work more and have less down time. Calling out any services operator not only is expensive in the calling out of such people - they charge a minimum fee whether they perform a job or not - but an additional hefty amount for doing the job. Granted there are specific jobs demanding industry experts, but there are a myriad of things one could do yourself around the home. Our excuse often is that we have ten thumbs, which really is just saying we are either too lazy, or we don't feel like carrying out work ourselves since it involves a bit of thinking, planning and determined effort.
In today's world of the availability of abundant and diverse materials, tools and components, the work is often easier and even more fulfilling than it at first sight may appear to be. A justification which is often offered is that tools can be very expensive and that by the time you have obtained the required tools, you may as well have hired a contractor to do the job. You will find some value in the argument, it should be borne in mind that tools are in reality an investment as they will be used frequently in the future, not just on maintenance work, but additionally future DIY projects.
Think about building your own outdoors braai and pizza oven. This may seem like a challenging task, but in fact it is not that complicated and could even become a family project with the wife and children doing also their thing, however modest. You might start off by attending an after hours bricklayer's course at the local technical college, which will provide you with a worthwhile skill, which can be used on future DIY projects. Next do some internet research, where you will find plans for your project and maybe even a bill of quantities. A trip to your friendly local home improvement center will see to ordering the proper materials and tools to perform the task as well as some valuable advice on how to take on the project.
Do some proper organizing and measuring and then do things step by step and don't rush. There needs to be time for a beer as well Such a DIY project could take you 3 -4 weekends to finish, and still provide pleasure over many years. You won't just have learned a new skill, become a bit fitter and involved your family, but you would even become the envy of the next door neighbours' spouse, which may involve the nagging of her partner "to be like Jack, next door." There you have it: You will now have become a paragon of virtue in the neighbourhood.
Other popular DIY projects include the construction of pergolas, making a swing for the children, (do a welding course at the technical college at night) the laying of garden paths and so forth. Visit your local hardware store and eye all the lovely tools and gadgets, walk around their builders' yard and be motivated to DIY.
Source: Petro Solt