Your favorite DIY mottos or advice


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I love mottos. So much wisdom is passed on by simple sayings. Do you have a favorite?

From my late father: When I finish a job I want to admire it, not repair it.

This was spoken to his young son who was famous for cutting corners on almost every project. :rolleyes:
 
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"Buy cheap, buy twice"...

When I first started off in the workshop, I bought a few cheap tools on Amazon thinking that I'd only need them for a very specific job. Turns out, I've used them so many more times and ended up buying a better version a year or two later. Now, I always buy good quality tools, unless it really is for a one-off job.
 
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Don't look for any shortcut. Try, try again and then, you will become a perfect DIY man or woman. If you are thinking DIY videos on YouTube are from a magical world and you can do the same magic in minutes then you are wrong. It's all about hard work and practice.
 
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Hi,

I couldn't agree more with you JoiKearl; even the worst DIY'er will get better with lots of practice; I'm still learning after over 55 years hands on tools and I can still make silly mistakes.

The person who tells me "I can't do that" is correct and they never will; remove the "t" and it becomes can?

I've been arc welding for a lifetime but I'm currently learning TIG welding which I'm finding difficult but with lots of practice I'm now getting the hang of it; yes practice; practice and more practice; it's called a learning curve.

Kind regards, Colin.

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No one is born with a full set of tools and skills how to use them; my first attempt at TIG welding aluminium; YouTube tutorials make it look so easy.

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The only way to learn is to make all the mistakes but even mistakes teach us so much.

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With more practice this is the same piece which had the big hole; I repaired it then roughly sanded it with my belt sander but leaving it proud to show the repair; more sanding would make it look as though no welding hole had been blown into it. This was valuable practice.

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With more practice this is now what I can do but I've still got lots to learn; practice makes perfect?
 
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But I would stay with my opinion that practice helps you to be perfect. Hard work always pays.
 

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