While DIY projects are a fun, enjoyable way to improve your home, there are just some things that are better off left with professionals. It can be tempting to figure things out and do the work all by yourself, but if you’re not careful, you could end up spending too much – or worse – at the hospital.
Below are several good examples of DIY projects you should avoid:
- Electrical work
Tiling isn’t exactly something you should leave entirely to the pros, but if you want to end up with a top-quality tile job, you need plenty of planning and preparation. Even if you spend hours laying out tiles and meticulously measuring distances, you will still need to cut tiles and trim edges, which involves a steep learning curve.
Many make the mistake of choosing larger tiles so they’ll have fewer pieces to work with. Unfortunately, large format tiles are harder to cut compared to smaller glass mosaic types, so you’ll end up making things more difficult for yourself. If you want to save yourself from the trouble, hire a professional tiler instead.
Roofing is a project that is very tempting for a lot of DIY-ers as it’s a task that isn’t really difficult to do if you think about it. The only problem is, it’s something that involves plenty of risks.
In 2016, the National Safety Council recorded nearly 700 deaths and more than 48,000 injuries
from falls to a lower level, majority of which involved individuals on roofs or ladders while repairing or cleaning gutters.
- Floor refinishing
At first glance, refinishing hardwood floors seems like a very doable task. If you think about it, all it involves is sanding off a layer of wood, right? The truth is, it’s a project that requires the skills and experience of someone who has been using a sanding machine for years.
You can watch online tutorials on sanding for hours, but you’ll never become an expert at using a sanding machine unless you use it multiple times. Sand a spot for a couple of seconds too long, and you’ll end up with unsightly drum marks that will be near impossible to cover up. If you want the job done right, then it’s best to leave this one to the pros.
Apart from changing a light bulb, it’s best to avoid doing any projects that involve electrical work. You may be able to follow some electrical tutorials on YouTube, but a good rule of thumb is if the wires you’re working with are different from the ones you see on the video, do not attempt to continue the project.
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, electrical hazards cause over 300 fatalities and more than 4,000 injuries each year, so avoid taking any risks when it comes to working with electricity.
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