These are my five mistakes to avoid.
Five Mistakes to Avoid
5. Clean the grout off the tile while it is still wet. This caused us
many hours of hard work. In fact it took as long to clean up the tiles
as it did to lay them.
4. Don't depend on your friends for critical parts of the project.
Your friends are probably well meaning and want to help. But family
and work get in the way. They hate to tell you no. You are better off
moving along and hiring out the work or doing it yourself. If later
your friend comes back and wants to help get them to come over and do
3. Don't believe the material that comes with the sander from the "Big
Box" Home Improvement stores. If your hardwood floor is clean and
doesn't contain many finishes, they may work. Our floor contained
decades of varnish and wax. The sander bounced and gouged. We ended up
on the floor with varnish stripper stripping off the old finishes and
then hand sanding them to repair the damage done by the big sander.
2. Be careful what you throw away. In our case we threw away bathroom
fixtures. We were just trying to clear the junk out of the house. Now
I wish I had those fixtures. Many of the fixtures in my house are
original to the house and I could use the old parts for replacements
(50 year old plumbing is not easy to find).
1. . Try not to change plans. In our downstairs we had a bathroom. We
decided to make it into a mud room. We removed old plumbing
connections and moved doors. Then we went back to the original
bathroom and had to rework plumbing and doors. Sometimes changes can't
be helped but try to think thru everything ahead of time. This change
alone costs us tens of hours and hundreds of dollars.
This list and more are found at my blog.
I have heard this type of thing many, many times. Being a
contractor, I am often called in to help out after the non
professionals have had their turn. I encourage anyone
considering doing their own remodeling to at least consult
with a professional before starting and possibly during the
process. A professional contractor can forsee many things
that the homeowner can't, and can give good, accurate advice
about the process.
Make a friend in the construction business and pay him for his
advice. Most of them will be glad to help and can save lots
of time and money.
I agree, use professionals for remodeling, that is the best think to
do, but I disagree about friends. They could be pretty useful in the
little stuff like cleaning. I never hire professional company to
move, I always been helped by friends.
On Dec 26, 11:57 am, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Never do work "the first time" on your own house, where you have to
look at it. Get some rental houses, or help friends and family with
their tiling, hardwoods, painting, landscaping or whatever. Nothing
worse than looking at your own rookie mistakes for the next 2
I didn't say don't use friends. I said don't depend on them for
something that is critical in your work plan. If you have to have
something done before you can move on it may be better to hire it out
or do it yourself. I used a couple of friends (one who is a contractor
and one who is a trim carpenter (my brother)). But they have lives
also and their schedule doesn't always fit mine. I also used friends
to move and we had some friends help clean.
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