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January 16, 2012
DIY Tip: How to Avoid Disasters
Here's good advice from Joe Provey, a DIY pro:

I hate to admit it, but almost every DIY project I tackle turns into an epic struggle — and I've worked as a carpenter and a how-to magazine/book editor for decades. I shudder to think of what novices go through.

Even simple jobs can make you want to scream: changing a bulb only to find that it's fused to its socket, hanging a picture and losing a hunk of a plaster wall, unclogging a drain and ending up with a soupy mix of drain glop and caustic chemicals — the list goes on. To be honest, I'm surprised when something doesn't go wrong during a job — or at least when I don't have to make multiple trips to the home center for tools or supplies.

Though you'll face challenges on any DIY job, take precautions to avoid disasters (at least major ones) by keeping these nine tips in mind:

Nine tips   on how to avoid DIY disasters.
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