Thinking of going the DIY route for your next home improvement project? While there are plenty of do-it-yourself ideas out there, better leave some of these to the pros. Here are 7 of them:
- Doing your own electrical work
It’s perfectly safe to replace an old light bulb, install a dimmer switch or upgrade existing devices as long as the electricity is turned off. But if you’re planning to do heavy electrical work, you could get electrocuted and it could even cause a fire. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, around 400 deaths occur in the United States each year due to electrocution and electrical hazards.
- Plumbing work
There are several plumbing-related DIY projects that a homeowner can do themselves such as installing toilets, replacing faucets, and replacing a showerhead. But when it comes to bigger plumbing jobs that involve your home’s water heating system or parts that are behind the walls, floor or ceiling, it’s time to call a professional plumber. A pro will leave no leak unplugged and save you from potential water-related damage.
- Repairing the roof
Roofing is a dangerous job, even more dangerous if you’re not a professional. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, around 500,000 people have taken a bad fall from ladders. And 97% of these falls happen at home. That’s why if you’re thinking about investigating a leak on the roof, call a roof mechanic or roof contractor instead of risking your limbs doing it on your own.
- Removing walls to create more space
To create an open living space, many homeowners will take down walls that distinguish their kitchen, dining room, and living room from one another. These walls may be either load bearing or non-load bearing. Taking down the former may result in you losing the one thing that is carrying the weight of the floor or ceiling above. Without any wall acting as support, structural problems are sure to occur. So if you’re thinking about demolishing certain walls in your home, hire a structural engineer to examine the walls first.
- Cutting down trees in the backyard
Tree removal requires proper training and the right equipment that only professionals can handle. Tree falling accidents can also occur, often falling on cars, houses or even people. If you’re still planning to cut down a tree, make sure it’s less than 20 feet tall. For anything higher than that, leave it to the professionals.
- Installing crown molding
While is molding isn’t as dangerous as switching electrical wires or cutting a large tree, it’s still a project that’s better left to professionals. Molding requires a lot of shaping to fit the frame. Professionals also use various techniques to make sure that these moldings stay aligned.
- Changing the floor or wall tiles
Just like molding, it’s best to hire a professional when it comes to tiling. There’s a lot of planning, measuring, and cutting to be done for this project. You need to make sure that the tiles fit perfectly on the surfaces where they are to be placed in a living space.