(This post is brought to you by the makers of Advil(R).) It’s that time of year again: project season. It’s time to open the windows, reimagine your space and get to work on the home improvement project you’ve been dreaming about all winter. This is an exciting time of year but before you jump in with booted feet and work-gloved hands, you need to do a little planning.
“I’ve found the best results are achieved when you have a plan in mind,” says Carter Oosterhouse, one of America’s most recognized home-improvement experts featured on many popular TV shows on HGTV. “There’s certainly a time for spontaneity, but you should have a vision of your finished work and know where you’re going before you pick up that first tool.” This summer, Carter is partnering with the makers of Advil(R) to offer these preparation tips and ensure the project you’ve been dreaming about is set up for success.
Know when to rent and when to buy
No matter what type of DIY project you’re planning, you’re going to need some tools. It doesn’t mean you need to own all of them. Smaller tools, such as screwdrivers or hammers, are worth buying because you’ll use them in the future. However, if you need larger tools like floor sanders, carpet cleaners and big power tools, you’re probably better off renting those instead. Before you make any big purchase, ask yourself if you’ll ever use it again. If the answer is no rent it from your local home improvement store. You’ll save the money and space.
Don’t ignore your pain
DIY projects can be hard work especially if they involve the repetitive use of muscles you may not commonly use. With these types of projects, soreness and pain are common during the work and afterwards. Don’t ignore the pain or allow it to affect your productivity, consider Advil(R). Advil(R) offers fast, long-lasting relief for several types of pain, including the muscle aches, backaches and joint pain common with DIY projects.
Have the right tools on hand
Some tools have a place in just about every project, so it’s a good idea to keep a collection of these often-used tools nearby. Your go-to tool collection should include a hammer, tape measure, drill, saw, sander, glue, level, and an assortment of screwdrivers. You won’t use all of these tools on every project but it’s a safe bet you can find a use for a few of them on any project.
Your beautiful project won’t be worth your efforts if you get injured in the process. To keep yourself and your project partners healthy, remember these common DIY project safety practices when you tackle any DIY goal:
* Always wear safety glasses and a mask when appropriate.
* Situate ladders on level ground, avoid stepping on the top two rungs, and always use a spotter for taller climbs.
* If you’re working on an electrical project make sure your environment is water and moisture free. You should also wear rubber-soled shoes for safety.
* Keep your work area well-lit and clean. The better you can see, the better you can avoid accidents, slips and falls.
* When using sharp objects, cut away from your body and never leave power tools unattended.
* Always keep a first-aid kit and fire extinguisher nearby. No one likes to think the worst but it’s good to know you’re ready if it happens.
Completing a DIY project can be a rewarding experience that improves your home for years to come. So grab your tool belt and start planning, because making your dream projects a reality depends on you. Visit Advil.com for more information on how Advil(R) can help keep the pain out of DIY.