DIY Father's Day Gifts

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

Father's Day is this Sunday.

And, if you're like many of Americans, strapped for cash, it can be hard to find a meaningful gift for dad.

However, one popular handy man suggests giving dad a helping hand.

Home Improvement Expert Eric Stomer says you can save money and help out by giving dad a kid-friendly project like building a toy chest or skateboarding ramp.

With a gift like this, you can also spend priceless quality time.

"It gives you a sense of everybody's together doing something at the same time. Rather than here's your necktie. I already got this last time, but thanks anyway," says Stromer.

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Five Handy Tips from Home Improvement Expert Eric Stromer of HGTV's Over Your Head:

1) START FROM THE END. Clearly visualize what you'd like to accomplish before you start. Going into any project with only a vague idea of what you'd like to achieve is a recipe for disaster. Carefully read all the way through the project plans - don't just skim! – And, determine whether you've got the right tools, materials and time to complete the job.

2) MEASURE TWICE, CUT ONCE. You've heard this before, but the old adage is true. Even a discrepancy of a fraction of an inch can ruin a project. However, with the latest digital measuring tools, pin-point accuracy is right in Dad's hands.

3) SAFETY FIRST. Set a good example by donning protective eyewear and footwear when embarking on a project, and encourage your family to do the same.

4) WORKING TOGETHER IS FUN, BUT IT'S NOT A PLAYGROUND. Little do-it-yourselfers love to participate in home improvement projects, but they should not be allowed to play with grown-up tools.

5) A CLEAN WORKSPACE IS A HAPPY WORKSPACE. Tarps - short for "tarpaulins" - or drop cloths are used to protect floors and furniture from paint drips and dust. Tarping correctly can speed your job by minimizing "mishaps," protect valuables from particulate damage and make your work area safer.

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