Planning your DIY project

Written by Alan Woodbridge

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Remember that every project is unique. Think where you are most likely to encounter problems, and allow extra time for figuring out solutions. Some problems are fixed pretty quickly - it is figuring out how to do it that can be time consuming.

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8. Last but not least - don't beat yourself when something does not go according to plan, especially if you are just starting out. This includes bad time estimates that tend to berepparttar 100461 number one cause of frustration in DIYers. Remember that no job is exactlyrepparttar 100462 same no matter how many times you do it, so you cannot possibly plan for everything. That said, your estimating and project management skills should improve over time.

Alan Woodbridge writes about DIY projects, home improvement, and personal motivation. He is a member of the team that runs

Granite is Tough; Taking Correct Care of It Isn't

Written by Edward Green

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