TIPS TO tackle any DIY pro­ject

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(BPT) - (This post is brought to you by the mak­ers of Advil(R).) It’s that time of year again: pro­ject sea­son. It’s time to open the win­dows, reimag­ine your space and get to work on the home im­prove­ment pro­ject you’ve been dream­ing about all win­ter. This is an ex­cit­ing time of year but be­fore you jump in with booted feet and work-gloved hands, you need to do a lit­tle plan­ning.

“I’ve found the best re­sults are achieved when you have a plan in mind,” says Carter Ooster­house, one of Amer­ica’s most rec­og­nized home-im­prove­ment ex­perts fea­tured on many pop­u­lar TV shows on HGTV.“There’s cer­tainly a time for spon­tane­ity, but you should have a vi­sion of your fin­ished work and know where you’re go­ing be­fore you pick up that first tool.”This sum­mer, Carter is part­ner­ing with the mak­ers of Advil(R) to of­fer these prepa­ra­tion tips and en­sure the pro­ject you’ve been dream­ing about is set up for suc­cess.

Know when to rent and when to buy

No mat­ter what type of DIY pro­ject you’re plan­ning, you’re go­ing to need some tools. It doesn’t mean you need to own all of them. Smaller tools, such as screw­drivers or ham­mers, are worth buy­ing be­cause you’ll use them in the fu­ture. How­ever, if you need larger tools like floor san­ders, car­pet clean­ers and big power tools, you’re prob­a­bly bet­ter off rent­ing those in­stead. Be­fore you make any big pur­chase, ask your­self if you’ll ever use it again. If the an­swer is no rent it from your lo­cal home im­prove­ment store. You’ll save the money and space.

Don’t ig­nore your pain

DIY projects can be hard work es­pe­cially if they in­volve the repet­i­tive use of mus­cles you may not com­monly use. With these types of projects, sore­ness and pain are com­mon dur­ing the work and af­ter­wards. Don’t ig­nore the pain or al­low it to af­fect your pro­duc­tiv­ity, con­sider Advil(R). Advil(R) of­fers fast, long-last­ing re­lief for sev­eral types of pain, in­clud­ing the mus­cle aches, back­aches and joint pain com­mon with DIY projects.

Have the right tools on hand

Some tools have a place in just about ev­ery pro­ject, so it’s a good idea to keep a col­lec­tion of these of­ten-used tools nearby. Your go-to tool col­lec­tion should in­clude a ham­mer, tape mea­sure, drill, saw, san­der, glue, level, and an as­sort­ment of screw­drivers. You won’t use all of these tools on ev­ery pro­ject but it’s a safe bet you can find a use for a few of them on any pro­ject.

Safety first

Your beau­ti­ful pro­ject won’t be worth your ef­forts if you get in­jured in the process. To keep your­self and your pro­ject part­ners healthy, re­mem­ber these com­mon DIY pro­ject safety prac­tices when you tackle any DIY goal:

• Al­ways wear safety glasses and a mask when ap­pro­pri­ate.

• Sit­u­ate lad­ders on level ground, avoid step­ping on the top two rungs, and al­ways use a spot­ter for taller climbs.

• If you’re work­ing on an elec­tri­cal pro­ject make sure your en­vi­ron­ment is wa­ter and mois­ture free. You should also wear rub­ber-soled shoes for safety.

• Keep your work area well-lit and clean. The bet­ter you can see, the bet­ter you can avoid ac­ci­dents, slips and falls.

• When us­ing sharp ob­jects, cut away from your body and never leave power tools unat­tended.

• Al­ways keep a first-aid kit and fire ex­tin­guisher nearby. No one likes to think the worst but it’s good to know you’re ready if it hap­pens.

Com­plet­ing a DIY pro­ject can be a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that im­proves your home for years to come. So grab your tool belt and start plan­ning, be­cause mak­ing your dream projects a re­al­ity de­pends on you. Visit Advil.com for more in­for­ma­tion on how Advil(R) can help keep the pain out of DIY.

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