19 Home Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make
Save time, money and frustration by avoiding these home care and repair mistakes that you won't realize you've made until it's too late.
Never Changing the Furnace Filter
Knocking Down a Load-Bearing Wall
Forgetting to Read the Installation Manual
Never Checking the Thermostat
Never Checking the Power on the Furnace
Starting Up the AC Without Doing This:
Painting Glossy Paint on a Bad Surface
Painting the Ceiling Without Wearing a Hat
Making Rookie Mistakes
Two common first-time painting mistakes:
1. Leaving the lid off of the paint can. The most obvious problem with this bad habit is that someone is bound to step on the lid and track paint all over. But there are other reasons to put the lid back on immediately. It'll keep your paint clean and prevent dried-out paint crud from forming in the can or on the lid. Plus, you're less likely to get the lids from two similar colors mixed up, which can cause hassles later.
2. Forgetting to lock out pets. Here's what can and does happen—you step out of the room you're painting and pretty soon your dog is in there sniffing around. He grabs the paintbrsh handle in his mouth and carries it, dripping, across the house to give it back to you, leaving painted paw prints in his path. Avoid all pet-related painting problems by keeping your pets locked away from the project at all times.