Dan Bourdon

Dan Bourdon

Before You Do-it-Yourself why not Learn-it-Yourself

There is nothing better than making improvements to your home and it seems a large majority of the country agrees. Home improvement has been around for 1,000s of years but with access to tools and expertise becoming easier it has become a part of every modern house.

DIY is now so big that it has become its own industry, an industry that is set to reach £8.3 billion in 2017 after dropping nearly 20% over the last five years. Now that people are dusting off the belt sanders and drills is it time to get better acquainted with the principles behind DIY projects.

DIY disasters

There are countless stories every year of DIY projects going wrong and the more work that is done, the more often these situations can arise. MOL’s Specialist Project Knowledge Manager and Tutor Michael O’Sullivan has worked with industry specialists for the last eighteen years.

“Everyone begins DIY projects with a great deal of enthusiasm; however things can begin to go wrong very quickly with the final results not being what was expected.

To give people a greater chance of their results being reflective of what they set out to achieve it is important that they have underpinning knowledge regarding the materials that they work with in their DIY projects prior to beginning work’.

Learn from the experts

Dan Bourdon is the Programme Specialist for MOL’s Construction Product Knowledge programmes who believes that better knowledge can lead to more successful projects:

“We’ve designed a range of module booklets on everything from Plumbers Brassware to Kitchens and Bathrooms. The work we do here at MOL is designed to meet the requirements of the construction and electrical distribution industries but is available to anyone, including DIYers. It’s not often that you can gain expert knowledge meant for professionals.”

MOL offers over 40 module booklets on everything from the principles of electricity to plumbing and heating. For more information on how you can learn more about the principles of construction materials used within DIY projects contact one of our Programme Advisors.