Update June 14th, 2018

April is Home Improvement Month! While it’s great to feel empowered by finishing up a big project at home—whether it’s putting up bookshelves or redecorating the living room—don’t make these common mistakes that can have even the craftiest, most competent DIYers wishing they’d never picked up that power saw.

Yes, you do. It may be daunting to open up that drab looking manual, with the tiny print and impossible to decipher diagrams. But you’ll save yourself a whole lot of time and heartache later on by reading the instructions instead of improvising or “feeling your way through,” whether it’s putting together a new dresser or installing a kitchen sink.

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