How To

Basic, Better, Great! The DIY Ladder of Success

Getting to grips with the DIY in  your house can seem like a tedious task – especially if it’s something that you’ve never really given thought to before. Those who are interested will have immersed themselves from an early age, and those who are willing to give up their money rather than their time will have invested in a professional to come round and do the dirty work for them. But for those who are working on a budget and aren’t really too au fait with how to get their house back up to scratch, it can be a minefield knowing where to begin and what to get to help you along the way.

The Basics


Everybody needs the basics in their home – even if they’re there to call a friend over to use them. A hammer, some nails, screws, a screwdriver, wall tacks and a drill are basically all that you need to get you started. They’re often in the little starter packs that you get from stores such as IKEA, and you’ll definitely need them to help you assemble any flat-pack furniture that may be coming your way to assemble. If you haven’t got what you need and you are redesigning your house or trying to take it a bit further, you will definitely need to go out and hunt some down.


The Better Basics


Taking into account everything that goes on from your basic screwdriver and hammer can be overwhelming. You usually pick it up as you go along, or as and when you need it. It may be that you can’t get by with the screwdriver that you’ve got so need to buy a different selection of heads. You could invest in a wrench or a pair of pliers to help you with the more difficult things that need to be gotten out of the wall or sticky situations with things that will not quite turn the way that you want them to. It can be hard to know what to get, so take a look online at related products to the items that you already have and see if you can work your way from there.

The Experienced


Taking it on from here means that the bug has well and truly hit you. You could be moving into things like constructing yourself or even welding, but it’s from here that things start to get a bit more expensive than your basic budget hammer. Take a look at reviews and take heed of any recommendations that come your way. This Hobart Stickmate 205 review is a good place to start. You are probably by this point well versed in what you need and when you need it and are getting prepared way in advance.


The Professional
If all else fails with what you’re doing and you’ve realised that DIY really isn’t for you (i.e. more things are going wrong than they are right), it’s probably time to call it quits and get in touch with a professional to help you. Don’t be embarrassed to do so – they’re being paid to do their job!

Samantha hails from Virginia and is a proud wife to a retired Deputy Sheriff and mother to two amazing little boys named Jack & William. A veteran product reviewer; Samantha has been reviewing products for 8 years and offers high quality product reviews with original photography.


  • myhelmets guide

    This old wooden vintage step ladder could also be repurposed to be used in the bathroom as a towel rack or in the lounge or kitchen as decoration or bookshelves. Painted with Annie Sloan Chalk paint this creative DIY project fits in with various styles of home decor, including a ‘farmhouse’, ‘shabby chic’, or ‘country

    • Samantha

      Love this idea! We love to repurpose things that are at one time considered trash and make them into something brand new that we can use in our home. Thank you for the reply and idea. Annie Sloan makes some great chalk paint!

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