I’m a DIY man and it’s the DIY failures you make that keep me in business and the cheap solutions to ALWAYS avoid


LOOK – we love a DIY spot as much as the next person.

But do you ever feel like you’re actually damaging your property in the process?


Are you guilty of any of these DIY failures?Credit: Getty

Last month mum Jess Justice went viral when she filmed a video of herself removing DIY panels she had put up in her living room six months prior.

After gently removing them from the walls, Jess was furious when she discovered they had done irreversible damage to the paintwork underneath, meaning the room would likely need replastering.

So what other mistakes do we make at home that can do more harm than good?

Well, according to Aaron Dallison of ADK Joinery, we should think carefully before opting for glossy finish cabinets.


He explained: “I see a lot of people picking out shiny kitchen units and then putting their kettles underneath.”

While it undeniably seems cleaner to store your kettle under a cupboard, Aaron pointed out how it could shorten the life of your appliances.

He added: ‘Steam from a boiling kettle takes away the shine – therefore customers will need to replace cupboards [earlier than they otherwise would have].”

Not surprisingly, Fix Radio host Clive Holland said he has seen a huge increase in home renovation disasters over the past two years.

He explained: “The big mistake people make when it comes to home improvements is not knowing their limits and undertaking work well above their pay grade.

“Over the past two years or so people have had more time to look at their own four walls and thought it was time to make a change. However, they now realize the error of their ways.

“Dodgy tile work, plaster work that looks more like sea waves than a smooth glass finish, patio pavers that have started to look like a park of BMX stunt bikes! Add that to the attempts at flooring and painting etc, requiring professionals to come in and pick up the pieces.”

And while it’s easy enough to repaint a room when you tire of it, Clive recommends avoiding doing plaster yourself.

DIY tips from Clive Holland:

My advice to anyone considering undertaking a home improvement project of any kind is my 5 ‘P’ rule: ‘Perfect preparation prevents poor performance’.

Plan everything down to the smallest detail and when it comes to measuring a job, measure it twice to cut only once.

It is very important to know any power tool or sharp tool that you are going to use.

If you must drill into a wall for any reason, first check the area with a voltage and metal detector to determine if there are any water pipes or power cables on the path.

Also wear safety gear like safety glasses and a mask.

Finally, do not exceed your limits and if in doubt, call the pros from the start.

Listen to The Clive Holland Show on Fix Radio from 1-4pm, Monday-Thursday

He continued: “Plastering work can be expensive as the original plaster must be removed in most cases and the understrait must be secured before repainting.

“The same can be said for the correction of errors in tiling, flooring and paving, etc. Another big problem is damage caused by improper use of power tools. Drilling pipes, electrical cables and, in some cases I have visited, drill at your next door neighbours!

“Not to mention the damage done to people and property with tools such as chainsaws, grinders and circular saws. This can be a very costly mistake in more ways than one.”

Plus, handyman James Cork – who uses TaskRabbit for bookings – said he’s most often called upon to fix tiling jobs people have tried to do in their bathrooms and kitchens. .

He explained: “If you are unsure, always seek advice from a professional or someone who has done that particular job before.

“I recently re-clad the back of my house, closed the porch, and installed a new door. I’m not good with cement or tile, so I had a friend do these bits.

“Sometimes it’s better to do some parts and pay to get what you can’t do, than to do it all and do it wrong and risk paying more to get it all fixed.”

Last year HomeHow.co.uk surveyed more than 3,000 households and found that 61% of homeowners had taken on a DIY project during the lockdowns.

Of all the home improvement projects they discussed, the researchers found that knocking down a wall was the most expensive to fix, costing an average of £20,000 to undo.

And as well as being extremely dangerous and something you NEVER do without a professional present, tinkering with your electrical wiring costs owners an average of £2,000 to fix.

Lisa Evans of HomeHow said: “DIY is definitely the cheapest way to get a home improvement job done – until they go bad, that is.

“During lockdown, we’ve all had more time to look inside our homes and it can be compelling to want to redecorate/repair various aspects of our homes ourselves.

“However, when these DIY projects go wrong, it is usually expensive and time consuming to fix. reduced risk of big mistakes.”

For more home tips and tricks, this interior design expert revealed that parents always make the same mistake when painting their kids’ rooms.

And this mum has transformed her boring bedroom wall into a modern gallery using cheap Ikea picture frames – it costs less than £50.

Also, this lady transformed my dull IKEA coffee table into a stunning marble piece using £1.50 ASDA bins.


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