I'm not exactly a crack home improvement do-it-yourselfer, but I can do a few things around the house. I don't tackle plumbing or electrical, as Clint Eastwood said, "A man's got to know his limitations". With the "Frog Days Of Summer" vacations are winding down, you may be ready to think about home fix-up projects.

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If you're about to embark upon a home improvement project here are a few tips, according to diynetwork.com:

"Tips from Karl Champley, co-host of DIY to the Rescue.

When painting a surface that needs to be primed – new drywall or wood – tint the primer to match the finish coat, reducing your painting project from three coats to two.

Sand the face of the hammer head with sandpaper to help the hammer grip the nail and prevent the nail head from slipping.

Wrap paint rollers and brushes in a plastic bag between coats to keep them full of paint and prevent them from drying out.

Don't try to work with electrical or plumbing projects you are not confident about.

When drilling though ceramic tile or natural stone, place masking tape on the surface. This makes marking the tile easier and helps the drill bit stay in one place.

When building or renovating your home, always print a budget breakdown. If you're not sure how to do one, invest in a professional estimator or quantity surveyor to do it for you. The printout will show you the cost of every trade, nail and screw, giving you an accurate figure to base your budget on."