Help yourself : Just do stuff!
This site is for information, inspiration and motivation.
I hope it helps you to help yourself. Self help by doing stuff.
Philosophy of DIY: Doing stuff for yourself is self help of the most basic kind. Improving your own surroundings and life without reliance on others. It's akin to personal development of the mind and body, using: goal setting, visualisation, motivation and lateral and positive thinking as well as physical skills. Self help of this kind will give you lasting results and develop skills you can apply in other fields.... its easy just do stuff!
DIY stuff - guides, plans and ideas
Plan it and do it with the tools you have. (Spending some time and thought instead of more money e.g. using standard router bits to cut raised panels and bespoke mouldings)
A starting point to set you on the right path for many projects (The easiest stuff to buy isn't always the best! includes the PSE timber sizes)
Replacing rotten parts, fixing problems, how to use putty for re-glazing and painting, all to extend the life of traditional timber windows.
From tree felling to the finished beam all with handtools, apart from the chainsaw
A job often needed when a blocked up fireplace is opened up to fit a stove.
You can rebuild a wall without knocking it down!
Starting with the parts, cost and then a full "how to install flue liner" including video.
Some of this is little controversial, so I'm trying to get the bottom of what is actually required and not just what gets repeated around the internet.
Part 1. compares some common techniques, Part 2. How I made the repairs
Critical and honest appraisal (Do I really need a racehorse when a donkey will do)
Salvaging an object and possibly a skill from the past
PRO stuff - For an income
I have some insights and knowledge. You might use tools I've designed, seen images I've created, read manuals I've written.
I work very closely with a variety of companies, my take on their products or services are here.
Property Stuff - Investment in High Standards
Earning time by making an effort investing away from the herd .After 14 years as a Landlord, I've a formula that works for me and my tenants. Not the kind off stuff you see on telly but practical knowledge of how and why stuff needs doing to make the best investment of the time and effort put in.
Digital Marketing stuff
Marketing moves on and I've got to keep up with the times. From the days of acetates and booking typesetting, I've not been far behind the latest technology. With the IDoStuff project I'm learning new stuff. A self help trip from novice to expert (eventually).
Self Help / Self Improvement stuff
Some years ago something said made be think about how I approach the stuff I do and how I live my life. This field of self help, mindsets, law of attraction, visualization etc. can get a bit wacky and I like to think I'm a bit of a "down to earth" sceptical Northerner.
iI'll try and make some sense of my thoughts on self help.
More about our woodland over on the blog. So far a bit of background and digging ditches.
We think so but not because it saves us money. Is it more about lifestyle and feeling good?
(Look at expenditure and and see what value it buys or invests: happiness, comfort, contentment, security)