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Let's talk DIY That does DIY My own tale of DIY has progressed over the the idea of a perfectly flat and straight wall stand for? To me years. I can now turn my hand to laying may not exist. After an hour of trying to work laminate flooring, hanging wallpaper, painting, Ever witty ESPC Marketing Manager and DIY Dad Neil Harrison covers DIY and gets behind what it means! it all depends on where you are in the changing switches, sockets and light fittings. process. It may start off being 'Do It Yourself before, rapidly descending into 'Destroy It Yourself'. Or if procrastination kicks in before the destruction out why the line was not straight, the HHF came round and promptly chucked the plumb bob away for me to line the first piece using one corner of the room. After all, it was just lining paper, it did not need to be perfect as the paint would cover any sins. This is not meant as a catalogue of achievement, more as a demonstration of improvement Neil Harrison over time. ESPC Marketing Manager What has often helped is having my 'handy at home friend' (HHF) to come round and getting them to show me what to do. An exchange of Fancy finding a property to dig your DIY hands Go online begins, through the words of others it becomes 'Done It Yet'? two hours of their time for a few beers is the usual currency for this deal. When you combine this with watching a few videos on You Tube, the thought of DIY becom es less daunting. The into? Why not go online to and find the perfect property to make your own. If you are one of those who hate DIY then you'll also find a lot of properties that need absolutely no work at all! For others, DIY is a calling. They are the person their 'other half' gets to boast about because they have just finished the extension with the phrase 'tricks of the trade' exists as there are stylish new bathroom as well as spacious family easier and better ways of doing things if you room with racks of shelving for toy storage, as well as servicing the car in between the building works. Oh and yes, it is all achieved in one weekend. know about them. Keep checking our ESPC Blog too for more regular posts from our staff and property For example, during my first attempt to hang experts which cover a wide range of topics and lining paper I watched the videos on YouTube and had the plumb bob tool to make sure the first sheet of paper was straight. However, if you are in a traditional Edinburgh tenement, new facts about the property sector. These are two extremes and most will find 7 themselves at some point in between. DIY: What do the numbers say? Neil's top tips for DIY beginners A recent survey by has 1/4 Think about the true saving from DIY. Yes you are saving on the cost of a professional but include a consideration of your time, what kit you need to buy to be able to do the job and also, are you going to be happy with the end result based on your level 1 revealed that: 1/2 Despite only a quarter of the male population nationwide enjoying DIY. of skill? Extension If the power keeps going off in your house, the plug socket you just replaced has probably not been wired right. 3 Put paste on the paper rather than the wall. I have never had a good experience with wallpaper that allows you to put the paste on the wall first. In a world where money is not a concern, a quarter of men would opt for a new bathroom or kitchen - but nearly half think that an extension would add more value to their home. 4 anyone ever offers to help you paint, say yes if they will also do the edges. There is nothing worse than a helper who will only use the roller. If Oh! And 7 out of 10 homes in the region are marketed with ESPC so find DIY Three quarters of men would your DIY home with us. rather tackle DIY themselves than If laying laminate floor and using a hand saw, do not do the work the day before you marathon. All those cuts make it a pay a professional tradesperson. run a sweaty job and not good for rest or carbohydrate loading. 6. Find your HHFS. Just because it is DIY, it does not mean you cannot ask for help. On average, men nationwide plan to spend over £4,000 on DIY in the next 12 months. Lingo alert: HHF stands for 'handy at home friend' ESPC No.1 for property in East Central Scotland For more information email [email protected]

Let's talk DIY

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A humorous take from a DIY Dad on the joys of DIY, Handy at Home Friends, statistics on our great DIY nation and much more!


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