10 DIY mistakes to avoid on your next project

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DIY can be a great money saver, but if your skills are not up to the task there’s a very good chance there’s a DIY mistake ready to turn into a DIY disaster just around the corner. 

There’s different levels of difficulty for any project you can take on yourself. You might want to do a bit of bathroom DIY, but what plumbing skills do you have? Or are you just going to tackle the painting?

Whatever your DIY level there’s things you just shouldn’t do and we are here to point you in the right direction for a successful project.  

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.