Drawing the Line on DIY: 10 Instances Where DIY Repair Is out of Your League

Written By Alla Levin
January 11, 2019
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10 Instances Where DIY Repair Is out of Your League

The global market for DIY tools is set to reach nearly $14 billion by 2021. That’s a heck of a lot of hammers.

DIY continues to be hugely popular. It saves you money and makes you feel good to do a job well without any outside help.

Many jobs are well within the ability of most DIY enthusiasts. But there are some home repairs for which doing it yourself is really not recommended. 

So read on as we take a look at 10 DIY repair jobs that you really need to leave to the professionals.

1. Electrical RepairsElectrical Repairs

An electrical problem can be a true nightmare. With so many of our appliances and gadgets running on electricity, if something goes wrong it can leave us literally fumbling in the dark.

But taking on electrical repair jobs by yourself is not something we would recommend. One mistake when doing an electrical repair can lead to electrocution and potentially death. It can also cause a fire that could destroy your entire property. 

Don’t take the risk: call an electrician.

2. Gas RepairsGas Repairs-1

Trying to make repairs to your gas supply or appliances is also incredibly dangerous.

The risk of injury or death is very real if you don’t know what you’re doing. Gas leaks, explosions, and carbon monoxide leaks are all potentially life-threatening. And your home itself may also be at risk.

Unless you are a qualified gas technician, leave any repairs to the professionals. 

3. Roofing RepairsRoofing Repairs

If your roof springs a leak, the temptation is to try to repair it yourself.

But there are a number of problems with this approach. Firstly you will be putting yourself in danger if you attempt to access your roof without the proper equipment. Secondly, you risk making the problem worse rather than better, leaving yourself with a much larger repair bill than you would have in the first place.

You may be trying to repair a roof that really needs to be replaced. If you’re not sure what the best course of action is, you can read more here about how to decide.

4. Window Installation

windows-installation

Installing new windows can improve the insulation of your home and save you money on your energy bills.

But it’s not a job that you should try to tackle yourself. Installing windows correctly requires specialized tools as well as the skills and knowledge to carry it off. If you lack any of those things, you risk not only doing a poor job but also causing structural damage to your house. 

You will also find it hard to source any windows for DIY installation. Since it is a job usually left to the professionals, there isn’t a market for retail self-installation windows.

5. Foundation RepairsFoundation Repairs

If there are problems with your foundations, you may be tempted to dive in and have a go yourself.

Your foundations are the roots of your home and if you damage them in any way, your entire home could be at risk. Without the necessary skills and equipment, you risk harming the structural integrity of your home, which could lead to further damage. It could also have a serious impact on the value of your home. 

And if you do a bad job, you might end up having to pay even more to put it right than the original repair would have cost.

6. Asbestos RemovalAsbestos Removal

This is another case where we would absolutely urge you to leave it to the pros.

Exposure to asbestos can be deadly. You run the risk of exposing yourself and your family to this highly toxic insulation material, which could have catastrophic consequences.

It simply isn’t worth taking the gamble. Call in an expert and let them remove the asbestos in a safe and secure way.

7. Moving WallsMoving Walls

If you’re yearning for that large kitchen or a bigger bathroom, you may be thinking about removing a wall.

And whilst anyone can pummel a wall with a sledgehammer, unless you know what you’re doing this could have devastating consequences. If you remove a load-bearing wall, for example, the entire structural integrity of your home could be jeopardized.

The same goes for your basement. Those inconvenient pillars or wooden beams are probably helping to hold your entire house up.

8. Plumbing RepairsPlumbing Repairs

Whilst repairing your plumbing may not be as high-risk as electrical or gas work, it’s still something you should leave to the experts.

One wrong move and you can have your entire house under six inches of water. And sorting that mess out is going to cost you way more than the initial repair ever would have. 

Often what seems like a small problem can be a symptom of something larger. The underlying problem may be far beyond your skills.

9. Exterior Painting

Exterior Painting

Why should painting the exterior of your home be any more difficult than the inside?

Well, if you’ve ever tried it you’ll know the answer. Indoors, every surface you want to paint is at most a few feet away. Move outdoors and you’re trying to reach parts of yRefinishing Floorsour home that are many feet above the ground. 

Trying to paint whilst hanging off the side of a ladder is not something we would recommend. Bite the bullet and call in the experts.

10. Refinishing Floors

Hardwood floors look stunning, but they need refinishing now and again to keep them looking great.

Doing it yourself can be tempting, but it’s a tough job to get right. You can end up doing more harm than good. At which point you’ll need to pay someone to fix your mess.

And if the floors have been covered, you run the risk of sending up a cloud of toxic adhesive into the air when you’re sanding. 

Looking for Other DIY Repair Tips?

If you’re looking for more DIY repair tips and hacks then you’re in the right place.

We have a whole host of great articles packed with useful information for your home and garden. There are also lifestyle tips for outside of the home, as well as sections on business, technology, travel and more.

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