Advice for Newbees
Deborah and I had a discussion about what advice we would give people who choose to do work on their homes. We came up with several good tips that we sure wish we had followed. If you want someone to talk you out of a project I'm your man!!!!!! (Been there. Done that. Blogged about it and have the scars to prove it...)
Anyway, here they are;
The right tools are crucial. They save you time, never be afraid to buy tools, you will always have them.
Whatever you estimate a project is going to cost, DOUBLE IT!
However long you think a project will take, DOUBLE IT! If you have small children in your family, DOUBLE IT AGAIN!
NEVER gut the place if you plan to live in it any time soon. Although it is fun to remove the bad stuff you will be overwhelmed when you look at how much you have to put back together. Work one room (or maybe two) at a time.
Don't EVER lose focus on the end result.
Fix the roof leaks or isolate them before you paint any rooms below where the water falls. There is no point in doing a job twice.
Don't pay someone after they have done the job. Pay them after they have done the job right.
Black wire to gold screw, white wire to silver screw.
And finally, if at first you don't succeed, use a BIGGER hammer!