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The top 10 DIY mistakes made by amateur handymen (and handywomen) like you

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Top 10 DIY mistakes by homeowners

Professional handymen live by the phrase "measure twice, cut once," to avoid waste and get things right the first time. On the other hand, a smart amateur should probably approach any new home project by taking the original estimate and factoring in twice as much time and 3 times as much money.

The reason? DIYers mess up. We asked home-improvement experts around the country for the most common mistakes a home handyman (or handywoman) might make -- and how to avoid them.

Mistakes such as not taking out the required permits, or starting a job without the necessary tools and supplies. Or not properly preparing the job site or readying the walls for painting. Or skimping on materials, using the wrong paint, ignoring unsafe job conditions, forgetting about accuracy or working beyond your limits.

Or just failing to get a clue.

So lace up your work boots and read on for tips on how to get professional results.

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