Don’t DIY: 10 Projects That Are Better Left to the Pros
Don’t Risk It – Leave These DIY Jobs to the Pros
Few things are as satisfying as fixing things around the house when they break. And with so many websites, magazines, and other resources available, it’s easier than ever to find the instructions you need to tackle just about anything around the house.
Despite this fact, however, there are some jobs that a homeowner simply shouldn’t try taking on. Whether they are too difficult, too technical, or just too unsafe, some jobs are best left to the professionals. With that in mind, here are ten home projects you should always call the pros for instead of trying to do yourself.
1. Electrical Wiring
Regardless of whether you’re installing new wiring or troubleshooting a problematic circuit, working on your home’s electrical system is extremely dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. For starters, there’s always the risk of electric shock. And, if you’re installing new wiring, you need to know all about local codes, buy the appropriate permits, and have your work inspected.
Plumbing problems other than clogged toilets and sinks should usually be left to a professional plumber. The reason is because plumbing involves a delicate network of pipes that need to be installed in a specific way to ensure everything works properly. Plus, all of the work needs to be leak-free or you run the risk of mold, structural damage, and other dangerous problems.
3. Installing a Gas-Fueled Appliance
A gas-fueled appliance such as a clothes dryer, oven, or water heater, needs to be installed properly to ensure all of the fittings and connections on the gas lines are secure and free of leaks.
A single loose connection could result in a build-up of gas in the home that can eventually spark and erupt. Unless you know what you’re doing and how to test for leaks, you should leave this one to the pros.
4. Tree Removal
If you have a few trees you want removed from your backyard, you should think twice before cutting them down yourself. It can be very hard to gauge the height of a tree, so a tree that you think is too short to hit your home could be just big enough to reach it. Cutting trees safely, though, is a delicate art involving complex angles and cuts. Leave this one to the tree experts, and both you and your home will be better off for it.
5. Home Additions
Home additions often require changes made to a home’s structural foundation. Walls might have to come down. Slabs might have to be poured. Electric and gas might have to be run. These are all difficult jobs that should be left to the pros who perform them daily.
6. Roof Repairs
Your roof is what protects your home and everything in it from the elements. Think long and hard before trying to make any repairs yourself–just one mistake could result in a leak that will put all of that at risk. Plus, roofs are steep and this makes them very hard to work on. Overall, repairing your roof is a job often better off left to the pros.
7. Refinishing Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors are beautiful, durable, and timeless, but they do need to be refinished every once in a while in order to retain their beauty and resilience. The only problem is, this is a very difficult job to get right. If the hardwood is being exposed after years of being covered over by carpet or laminate, the task is even greater. And the resulting dust cloud from sanding all of the adhesive off of the surface can be toxic. Don’t risk it – have a professional handle this kind of job for you.
8. Installing a Water Heater
Water heaters are not as easy to replace as most homeowners think. They’re heavy, they need to be installed level, and they need to be vented properly to prevent carbon monoxide from leaking into the home. Plus, there’s the added risk of hooking up the gas lines as mentioned above.
9. Painting Your Home’s Exterior
Painting your home’s siding might not seem like a dangerous job, and it’s not — at least when you’re painting it at ground level. But once you get up high on the ladder, the job risk increases exponentially because your odds of falling also increase. Call in a professional paint crew, and they will get the job done for you in no time.
10. Swimming Pool Installation
It’s no problem for a homeowner to perform regular maintenance on a swimming pool, but when it comes to installing one, it’s best to call in the pros. Swimming pool installation calls for specific tools, training, and a lot of manpower. Everything must be precise in order to combat shifting and settling, and you’re going to need permits and inspections.
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