Thursday, October 13, 2022

6 DIY Projects That Aren’t DIY!


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If you want to undertake a DIY project to save money it's vital to remember that it's the small tasks that can help you feel more confident in your abilities. Home maintenance can be incredibly expensive and therefore it's important to know the types of jobs that you should avoid completely. As exciting as it is to take a hammer and start knocking out walls, this is a big no-no, and here are a few other home maintenance tasks you should avoid. 

Laying Your Own Flooring

A lot of people think that flooring is pretty straightforward. But whether you are looking for hardwood flooring or laminate, you cannot underestimate how much work goes into preparing the flooring. Some of the common problems with laying your own flooring can stem from expansion gaps, not having the right tools, and actually causing damage to the home. 

Your Plumbing

Any type of plumbing should be avoided apart from fixing a running toilet or leaky sink. Bathroom plumbing is particularly difficult. You need to work with the plumber to make sure that these issues are resolved, primarily because the plumbing and the electrics in a bathroom are so close to each other you could run the risk of an electric shock or flooding the bathroom. 

Roof Repairs

You may think it's easy enough to install roof shingles but you are working at height. This is already particularly dangerous but if you go up in adverse weather or you are not focused on the task at hand, you could end up injuring yourself greatly. When it comes to working at height you must leave it to the professionals because they don't just know how to stay stable on a roof, but they can get the job done quickly and efficiently. 

Removing Chipped Paint

It sounds straightforward but an older property can be incredibly detrimental to our health. If you live in a property that was built before 1978, there could be the potential for lead-based paint lurking beneath the walls. There are a huge number of health risks associated with lead-based paint. Contacting a professional that specializes in lead paint removal is far more beneficial. 

Repairing Drywall

Drywall is not just about having enough time and tools; drywall actually requires a lot of skill. You can attempt to do the drywall yourself, but the problem lies in when you do the skim coating. This can result in an uneven job, meaning that you would get a professional to do it later on anyway. 

Working With Electrics

While we know that changing a light bulb is straightforward, we have to remember that if we are thinking of installing a new outlet there is the potential for electrocution. If you're considering running power to a new room, this is where a properly certified electrician needs to step in. 

When we are looking for ways to save money, undoubtedly DIY is one of the best options. The problem lies in thinking that we can do a lot of the project ourselves. There are a lot of things out there that feels like DIY projects, but they are not in the slightest.

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