DIY In The Home And Jobs You Should Leave To The Professionals

October 19, 2021

Tackling DIY jobs around the house can be a great way to save money. Learning a new skill has never been easier for many budding DIY enthusiasts thanks to greater access to tutorials. Never has it been easier to get those jobs done around the home. Be it building cabinets, rehanging doors, filling holes in the wall, or even taking down drywall.

However, when it comes to DIY, you should build your skills slowly and carefully, mastering the basics and correct techniques using the right tools. Then you can move up a skill level as and when you feel more confident.

But there are still specific tasks you should always leave to the professionals.

Plumbing

Plumbing errors such as burst pipes and overflowing toilets can cause extensive water damage that is expensive to fix and can destroy irreplaceable objects. Repairing a leaking faucet or replacing a faulty flapper on a toilet are both straightforward do-it-yourself jobs that can save you both time and money. However, if the plumbing project necessitates the use of more than your standard gear, as well as the viewing of many video tutorials to help you fully grasp what needs doing. In that case, it may be necessary to call in a professional plumber. If you are ever in question about a plumbing project, it is best to talk with an expert.

Electrical

If you do not have prior expertise or training working with household electrics, it is recommended to refrain from doing anything more complicated than replacing fixtures and changing bulbs. If you do not know what you are doing when it comes to wiring, it can be difficult, complex, and even dangerous to work with. Employing an expert electrician for electrical work will help keep you and your property safe from injury and prevent your home from burning down.

Gas

A qualified gas expert should always undertake any repairs about gas appliances or pipework within your home. Gas is highly volatile and flammable, and one small mistake can be deadly. Gas leaks and explosions can total vast areas, not just your home, and cause death if mishandled. Always make sure you hire an experienced gas engineer to handle gas-related problems around the house.

Load Bearing Walls

Or even any walls. Are you 100% sure you are removing a wall that isn’t supporting the whole building? There are ways to check if a wall is load bearing or not, and knowing the difference can save you from making costly and dangerous mistakes. If in doubt, consult a general contractor who can ascertain the structural integrity of each wall.

Large Tiled Areas

Tiling is simple, right? You make a great design in one room’s small area, and now you want to tile a wall or even a floor fully. While small tiled areas are significant to practice on, if you go wrong, it is less noticeable. However, tiling larger areas can be trickier and result in an awful finish if you are unsure of what you are doing. Always use a qualified tiler when it comes to tiling larger areas or floors in your home.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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