Do it Yourself

By: Danny Lipford
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People have different reasons to do home improvement projects themselves. The financial saving is a big issue for some, because labor costs are a big part of most projects. But you also have to consider the cost of buying or renting tools and the value of your time. Some people just want the gratification of seeing a project they completed with their own hands.

Whatever your reasons figure out what your limitations are, educate yourself before you wade into that first big project. Attend a workshop on laying ceramic tile or applying a faux finish to your walls, or take a class on wood turning.

Ultimately, whatever your other reasons are for doing-it-yourself, you won’t do a very good job unless it’s something you really enjoy. So find out what you like and develop those skills.

Check out our Do It Yourself projects.



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