By Jef Howell
This hands–on advisor may also help you organize for and deal with easy domestic upkeep and enhancements. Jeff Howell (the Sunday Telegraph′s DIY columnist) and a bunch of alternative specialists consultant you thru the rigors and tribulations of DIY, supporting you to hold out quite a number initiatives – from solving a leaky faucet to placing wallpaper – effectively, affordably and with minimal disruption. The full–colour drawings illustrate the step–by–step options and the lay–flat binding is ideal for on–the–job DIY recommendation.
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Providing the shop with a complete list enables them to do a take-off (an estimate of materials needed and their total costs). Give the list that you created in the preceding section to each retailer and see which one gives you the best prices. Don’t be afraid to ask one shop to match a competitor’s price. Most retailers are willing to drop a few pounds to get your business. After you have a couple of estimates in hand, do your homework. Don’t pick a product or material simply because it has the lowest price.
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Watch out for carpal tunnel syndrome, an injury that can occur from repetitive motions, such as constantly hitting your thumb and then hopping around the room. indd 13 8/18/10 12:04 AM8/18/10 12:04 AM 14 Book I: Planning Your Home Improvement Projects Figure 1-1: An electric drill with a variety of bits. ✓ Pliers: Vice-grip pliers, or mole grips, have toothed jaws that enable you to grip various-sized objects, such as a water pipe, the stuck-on top of a container of PVA adhesive, or the tape measure that you accidentally dropped into the toilet.