While I would love to consider myself a DIY gal, I know my limits (my bathroom being one and my living room the other). Over time, your home will need maintaining and repairing. If you’re DIY savvy then there’s a chance that you can do most of them yourself, but there are a few jobs that you should never even attempt because they are either dangerous, or just too difficult to do without the supervision of a professional.
The smallest leak can easily lead to thousands in repairs. If you are capable when it comes to DIY then there’s a chance that you might be able to fix the problem, especially if it’s something like changing the showerhead or even replacing a faucet. You might even be able to install a new toilet, as long as you get a tight seal. Some of the jobs you should never try and do yourself include plumbing system modifications or anything to do with hot water. If you are working with hot water then this ultimately means using copper pipes, which will require a blow torch. Plumbing problems that involve hot water pipes can easily get out of hand fast, so always hire a professional.
Any projects that involve some kind of electricity should always be approached with caution. Sure, you might be able to pull off minor jobs around the home such as changing a lightbulb or even adding a ceiling fan, but there are some jobs that you should avoid. If you do want to do some of the simple jobs mentioned above then you need to test the switch and breaker, as this will help you to make sure that there isn’t a current and that you aren’t testing positive. Turning off the master switch will increase your safety when dealing with electrics, and it also helps to invest in a volt meter, as this will help you to test wires for any kind of power. If the repair goes far beyond a simple fixture then it helps to call in a professional electrician. They will have all of the permits required to get the work done and they will also know what they are doing too. They’ll be able to meet the building codes in your area too, so if you do happen to sell your home, you can feel confident knowing that you’re going to have all of the right documentation. If you are concerned because you don’t think you can afford an electrician then try and get some help with getting a secured loan. This is especially useful if you need to get your home re-wired.
Asbestos is commonly seen in older homes, and it’s a naturally occurring substance too. It’s good for insulation and it’s resistant to both electricity and heat too. The problem is that it is toxic, and it has been banned for quite some time. If you know that your home is full of asbestos, then you should never try and remove it yourself. If you do, you could be exposing yourself to major health issues and you may even find that you put your family at risk too. In some countries, there are even laws as to who can remove asbestos and how it is disposed of as well. The main reason for this is because it can pose as a hazard to the environment, so it’s never worth trying to take care of it yourself, even if it does save you some money.
Gas Appliance Repairs
A typical home will have several appliances that run from both gas and electricity. This could include your oven, boiler or even dryer. It’s very easy for you to have a mishap with gas, even if you’re just moving an appliance, for example, if you need to re-tile the wall behind it or even because you are re-painting the room. It’s also important that you never deal with any kind of work to do with your boiler either. If there is the smallest leak then gas can get out, and if you are not careful then this can give you carbon monoxide poisoning. This can put you and your family at risk, and you may even find that you don’t meet the regulations for your home either. When hiring someone to do your gas repairs for you, it’s important to make sure that they are registered and that they have the required, up-to-date training and documentation too.
It doesn’t matter how experienced you are with DIY, because there are some jobs that you should never attempt to do yourself. Some are far too dangerous, and others require a great deal of skill and training.