Last Update on July 25, 2016 // Written by Hank
It's safe to say that a majority of men really like getting their hands dirty and figuring out how to fix stuff. This is especially true when there is someone around to show off to. When it comes to home improvement, the jobs that need to be done are likely dirty and taxing on the body, but it's not the dirt or the hard work that is the kicker. It's the amount of time spent figuring out how to accomplish the task at hand.
Some men just have it figured out. They can look at a home improvement related task, know how it works, evaluate it, know what's wrong, and have it fixed in an hour. For others, this is not the case. Things often take a good chunk of research before hand, and even if you are able to fix whatever is broken, or install those new hardwood floors, you know that if you're aren't diligent to do your research before, it could cost you valuable time and money in mistakes until you get it right. And, of course, there are some jobs that are just better left to the professionals - fortunately, there are many companies out there, like express plumbing heating & cooling, to help with AC repair, for example.
If you're looking for ways to make home improvement tasks easier and faster, here are some tips:
Have the Tools
In order to accomplish anything around the house that pertains to nailing something in, screwing something in, assembling something, or taking something apart, it's crucial that you have the right tools. For example maybe you are thinking about Beautiful Cupolas and Weathervanes, to attract the ladies, you need a ladder and a proper set of tools to screw this in place so it doesn't come off in the high winds. Half the time spent on a task is time spent looking for the right wrench that is going to fit what you're doing. In order to make your life easier, have the right tools all in the same place and within your grasp. Take advantage of the combo power tools and have a toolbox that is a one-size-fits all of the jack of all trades world.
Measure Twice Cut Once
The adage could be "Measure three times, cut once", or it could be "Measure four times, cut once". As long as you're measuring and only cutting once, you're doing things right. One costly mistake of home improvement is improper cutting of materials.
There is nothing worse than having limited supplies, measuring your length for trim, going to the garage to cut the trim, and realizing once you've make the cut that your measurements were wrong and now you have to spend another $30 dollars on trim and another 3 hours of your life solving the problem.
Get a Professional
You should always call the professionals when you have to. Things like electrics are dangerous and if you don't know what you're doing and you don't have the right safety equipment, you'll likely end up in hospital. If you look at this site, you can find an example of a professional electrician who can do the dangerous work for you. Nobody is too macho for electricity, so don't risk it.
If you think you do understand the systems properly and can perform any checks or repairs on your own, then you can go ahead. However, you might still want to take the opinion of experts when it comes to fixing anything around the house. For example, if your AC needs fixing and you're determined to do it yourself, the least you can do is study the tools and repair techniques well enough before you attempt your way around it. Find resources related to the required repair(s) on the Internet, or read more about it here.
It might be true that men hate to ask for help, but if you don't want to spend a million hours completing a simple task, just do it. You only have two hands and some tasks require more than that. Some tasks require four sets of eyes, too. If you don't need a professional, do yourself a favor and have a buddy to help with home improvement. It will make things easier and faster by far.