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June 27, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 217

When you are concentrating on home improvements and DIY, you want to make sure that you do the very best job. Good preparation is key and taking the time to assess your needs will reap dividends when it comes to starting the job in earnest. The old adage of measuring twice and cutting once really does hold true, but it is also important to ensure you take any future changes into account, including the difference that the modifications themselves might make. Many people have come unstuck by forgetting that the measurements they are taking will be dependent on some of the further changes they are making. This is particularly the case with structural changes, especially where you are working with wood or metal. If you are in doubt about the correct procedure, it is worth asking at a trade store and asking a professional.

A good timber merchant, for example will be able to advise on all the clearances required for different types of wood, given their subjective expansion in various temperatures. Indeed, if you are buying from a reputed timber merchant, they should also be able to help you with identifying what sort of quantity you will need for a given project, acting much like a quantity surveyor.

This is particularly useful if you have a large project and are keen to keep costs down. One of the most frustrating aspects of a large DIY project is buying more than you need and then finding that you cannot take any surplus back. So, avoid the situation by making an accurate calculation of what you need, if necessary, with professional advice and always err on the side of caution by under rather than overestimating. Of course, depending on what you buy, some stockists may be willing to let you return items either for a total refund or a credit note. Building suppliers, timber merchants and hardware depots will often let you return unused items, either for a cash refund or a credit note. Of course, if you do have surplus material, you can always use it for other projects, or sell it on at a later stage.

Making sure you have all the necessary fixtures, adhesives and accessories is also important and failing to do so could delay your project at a time critical point where speed is of the essence. Of course, you can never have enough nails, screws, or tacks, but equally, you do not want to buy a wide range of products, only to have them mounting up in your garage. To avoid wastage, buy products in smaller lots, so that you still have unopened packets to return if necessary.

Zoe Robinson is an enthusiastic writer in the subject matter of timber supplies. The websites recommended by Zoe Robinson have been thoroughly researched and come highly acclaimed from direct experience. Take a look at a range of products from timber merchants today.

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