Home Fix up Projects - When Not to Do It Yourself
Posted October 26, 2014


All of us have skills in many areas, but when it comes to home maintenance or improvement projects, there are areas we should leave to the professional (unless of course it’s your actual area of expertise). Here are several areas that most likely should be left to the skilled.

If a roof is in need of repair, it’s safer to leave it to the professionals (unless that’s you). A novice may do more damage if they try to fix it themselves. This could include painful falls, leaks in the roof, or possibly voiding part of the home warranty.

Anything but the simplest fix having to do with water should be left up to plumbing professionals. Trying to fix your home plumbing problems could end up in overflowing toilets or a burst pipe, and the resulting cleanup would be no fun.

The same goes for electricity. Remember how our parents used to warn us not to mess with the outlets and any other “live” conductors of electricity in the house? We’re grown now so changing bulbs or resetting breakers we can usually manage. The electric wiring projects, etc. should be left to the professionals. You don’t usually get a second change with electricity.

Hanging drywall may look simple, but it can get complicated when you have to hang it in those higher areas (think ceiling), cut out for outlets and frame windows and doorways. You may want to leave the stilt walking to the professionals and avoid falls.

Have you ever looked at a wall in a room and thought that it would be easy to just knock the part out that you want to open, shape it, drywall then paint? Make sure you consider possible hazards including asbestos, lead paint dust or other hazardous material that could result in your actions. Gas pipes, water lines, and live electrical wires may also be waiting for you behind the wall.

Adding or replacing baseboard or molding may look simple, but calculating the angles necessary to make every piece fit may test a beginners patience and end up wasting lumber.

Posted By: Michelle Keaton-Barrow
October 26, 2014 08:43 PM




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