The top 10 home improvement mistakes made by DIYers

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Professional handymen live by the adage “Measure twice, cut once” to avoid waste and do things right the first time. But that may not help an amateur.

A homeowner starting a new DIY project should plan on it taking twice as much time and three times as much money as the original estimate.

The reason? DIYers mess up. We asked home-improvement experts around the country to name the most common mistakes a home handyman or handywoman makes, and how to avoid them.

So, lace up your work boots and read on to learn from others’ mistakes.