Posts Tagged ‘DIY’


When it’s time to remodel, homeowners understandingly want to spend their budget as frugally as possible. This has led many homeowners to attempt do-it-yourself projects and while this is a great money-saving idea for some projects such as landscaping and gardening, doing other projects yourself such as demolition can include serious health and safety risks.

Consider the following statistics:

According to Angie’s List, 42 million people attempt a do-it-yourself home renovation job each year and one out of every five of them will suffer an injury from it!

Over 15,000 people were admitted to the emergency room last year for an accident involving a saw.

Almost 4,000 were admitted based on an injury sustained by using a hammer.

An additional 3,900 or so people were admitted for an injury that involved a screwdriver.

Ladders cause about 40,000 injuries per year.

Nails, bricks, metal, concrete blocks and wood are the most common items do-it-yourselfers injury themselves with.

(Click here to view the source for all of these stats…)

So what do saws, hammers, screwdrivers, ladders, nails, bricks, metal, concrete blocks and wood all have in common?

All of these items are commonly used, alongside some heavier duty equipment, for home demolition jobs.

In addition to getting injured by any of these tools and materials, do-it-yourself demolitioners have to worry about things like asbestos or mold that can make them sick if they’re exposed to them. Also sometimes, even seemingly benign things like dust can cause asthma attacks or trouble breathing.

And if the do-it-yourselfers don’t know the ins and outs of selective demolition, they can also shock themselves by hitting the electrical lines in their walls.

According to Peninsula Hauling, eye and head trauma are the most commonly reported demolition injuries, but broken bones and cuts from hammers and saws are also common. You can read more from them here.

Lastly, selective demolition is hard work. If they have any health problems, especially back problems, trying to do demolition themselves is likely to result in an injury.

Are you ready to chance it?

If not, you can find Austin demolition company Dirty Work on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Here at Dirty Work, we’re dreaming of a junk-filled Christmas! And we aren’t the only ones…

Here’s 5 of the coolest DIY, upcycling Christmas ideas, we’re seen floating around online.

Song Bird Blog shared this simple idea perfect for beginner upcyclers. All you need is a few old beer bottles and candles, some twine, some evergreen twigs and a few small Christmas tree ornaments. Target even sells entire packages of the ornaments on the $1 aisle! And by using recycled beer bottles, you could make this entire decoration for less than $5 and 20 minutes!

Upcycled Christmas Decorations

This awesome ironing board Christmas tree comes from Beyond the Picket Fence. It’s a unique and adorable way to display your Christmas cards and photos. Becky, the author of the blog post, found the ironing board at a thrift store and includes step by step instructions to help you make your own!

Upcycled Christmas Decorations

 Looking for a great DIY wreath? We love this one from Sustaina Blog. All you need is some old wine corks, some beads, a bit of ribbon and a piece of mistletoe. All things that you probably have around the house or can buy at your local dollar store! And if this wreath doesn’t quite speak to you, Sustaina Blog has 9 other awesome DIY Christmas wreath ideas!

Upcycled Christmas Decorations

My Salvaged Treasures created one of the most unique pieces of Christmas decor that we’ve seen! It’s a little more complex to make than some of the other ideas, but it’s an awesome way to save some random knick knacks from the trash can. My Salvaged Treasures has step by step instructions for how to create this tape measure Christmas tree decoration on their blog.

Upcycled Christmas Decorations

We saw this adorable and simple DIY Christmas decoration on Pinterest, but we aren’t quite sure where it came from originally. (If you know, let us know and we’ll give credit where credit is due!) Anyways, we love it! It would be simple to make out of an old picture frame, which you can find for cheap at almost any garage sale, and some old Christmas lights that don’t work anymore!


What do you think about these ideas? Love them or hate them?

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Or if you want to just see more awesome upcycling ideas like this, find Dirty Work on Pinterest or Tumblr. We share them there all the time!

Austin Junk Hauling: Halloween Costume Made From Junk Calls Attention to Recycling

This “Death of a Mermaid” costume recently won an Etsy costume contest for best costume and has been garnering attention all over the web!

The artist wanted to create the costume to call attention to the problem of beach pollution and we have to admit, it’s been getting quite a bit of attention!

She created the costume from some old junk she had lying around including an old prom dress, some dye and paint, household items and yarn.

All of the household items in the piece are items that are frequently found polluting our oceans and beaches such as plastic drink rings, straws, Styrofoam, etc.

The mermaid’s sign drives home the message of the costume – “Warning: No Swimming Sewage in Water.”

What do you think of this idea? Love it or hate it? Tell us in the comments!

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As anyone who’s been on Pinterest lately can tell you, upcycling is all the rage right now and for good reason. In fact, we firmly believe upcycling might just be one of the best trends ever.

Why might upcycling be the best trend ever?

Well first, you have to understand what upcycling is. Upcycling is the process of reusing items in such a way as to create a product of higher quality than the original product. It’s like recycling with a twist.

Of course, recycling items in any way is awesome, but upcycling is especially great for a couple of reasons.

First, most of the items used in upcycling are items that we would not normally recycle. Think about it. What can you do with an old tube TV? So few people want them even charity organizations won’t take them. The only option is to take them to the dump or upcycle them into a fish tank!

Or think about old furniture. Most of the furniture we throw away has cosmetic damage, but is still functional. Upcycling fixes that cosmetic damage, allowing us to get years more use out of an item. Not only is this good for the environment, but it‘ll save you money in the long run!

Second of all, let’s be honest – a lot of products simply aren’t made as well as they use to be. Upcycling a vintage product gives you the best of both worlds. You get the high quality of eras gone as well as a modern, trendy looking item. And again, you’ll save money.

Also, upcycling has spawned thousands of small businesses who sell only upcycled items. These trendy little boutiques have made buying used cool, but more importantly, they also help to support local economies and provide a unique personality to cities.

So upcycling allows you to save the environment, save money, support local business and get unique, quality items?

See why we think it’s the best trend ever?

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We frequently share up-cycling craft ideas on this blog and on our Facebook and Pinterest accounts and while all of them look incredibly awesome online, sometimes the awesomeness just doesn’t translate to real life.

While we are completely support of the idea of reusing junk to make awesome stuff, sometimes we can’t help but laugh at how horribly wrong DIY projects can go. Here are our 10 favorite horribly wrong and fabulous fails…




Have a whole closet full of clothes, but can’t find anything to wear? We’d be willing to bet you have a cluttered closet!

Not only do cluttered closets make getting dressed a real pain, but they’re visually unappealing. Fortunately, you can declutter your closet in a couple of hours and without all those expensive “home organization systems.” In fact, all you need is some trash!

Ready to get started?

Start donating.

As an Austin junk removal company, we’ve seen a lot of cluttered closets and every single one has been overflowing with clothes the owner no longer wears. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Does it fit? Not “will it fit when I lose weight?” If it doesn’t fit now, it needs to go!
  2. Have I worn it in the past year? Once you go a year without wearing something, it probably won’t be worn again and it needs to go!
  3. Is it ripped/missing a button/has a broken zipper? If you’re not willing to take the item to a seamstress this week to get it fixed, than it needs to go!
  4. Is it stained? You’ll probably never wear a stained piece of clothing, so it needs to go!

Make two piles for these items. One for clothes and shoes that don’t fit or haven’t been worn in over a year. These can be donated. Ripped and stained items, however, will need to be thrown away.

Start organizing.

Think we were crazy when we told you earlier you could organize your closet with only trash?

Here’s how:


Tip #1 – Use old soda tabs to create double hangers. Twice the room, half the price!


Tip #2 – Use old beer bottles or glass soda bottles to hold bracelets.


Tip #3 – Use an old picture frame to hang necklaces from.


Tip #4 – Use old wood and thrift store door knobs to make a purse hanger.


Tip #5 – Use an old cheese grater to hold earrings.

And there you have it, simple and cheap closet organization that use all your old trash!

For more fun ideas like this, find Austin junk removal company Dirty Work on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest

Austin Demolition

Demolition requires advanced expertise.

As an Austin demolition company, we sometimes get potential customers who inquire about our demolition services and then wonder, “Can’t I just do this on my own?”

Well technically, yes, but doing demolition on your own is not as simple as the numerous articles posted online would have you believe. Here are five things to consider before you decide to do your home demolition yourself.

#1 – Level of Expertise

Selective demolition jobs, such as demolishing a bathroom or kitchen for remodeling, require a great deal of expertise. If you aren’t experienced with demolition, you’re probably better off hiring a demolition contractor. If you decide to follow online instructions, you may just find yourself half way through the project with a question and no one to answer it!

#2 – Potential for Mistakes

So what happens when you do have a question and no one to answer it? Well you’ll have to figure it out yourself and if you make the wrong choice, it will cost you financially. If you have to bring in a contractor to fix your mistake, you’ll likely end up paying more than you would have paid to hire a demolition contractor to begin with. And sometimes, mistakes made during DIY demolition are completely irreversible.

#3 – Safety Issues

There are several risks associated with demolition. Walls can collapse. Glass can shatter. You could run into asbestos or lead paint in older houses. There are literally dozens of safety hazards that come with demolition and if you don’t know how to handle these things, you could get seriously injured.

#4 – Lack of Insurance

And if you do get injured or if you damage your property, you’re probably SOL. Demolition companies are required to carry insurance, but your homeowner’s insurance won’t cover damage from DIY demolition.

#5 – Amount of Time & Labor

Successful and safe demolition can take a lot of time and be very tiring physically. But if you run out of time and energy, you can’t just stop a demolition project. Leaving a demolition job site unfinished, especially one that’s in your home, is very dangerous. Children and pets can easily hurt themselves on tools, sharp edges, or anything else.

So is DIY demolition a good idea? If you have the expertise, knowledge, insurance, time and energy, you might be able to pull it off on your own, but the vast majority of people won’t have these things. For those people we recommend contacting a local demolition contractor.

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