TAMPA - Tackling a Do-It-Yourself project may seem like a great idea. Hey, you could potentially save money, right? Admittedly, that's why I tend to tackle them around my house. But you could - and I have - end up spending more money and needing more time on your DIY project that you expected.
Angie Hicks, founder of the consumer group Angie’s List said she hears tales of DIY disasters all the time. “We hear many stories where consumers just don’t know what they are getting into when they are doing a DIY project. Probably the most graphic one I’ve heard was a member who shot himself in the hand with a nail gun and he actually sent in the x-rays for us to see. It’s very easy to get in over your head if you don’t know what you are doing.”
When should you think seriously about hiring an expert? Hicks advises, any time the safety of your home and family are in question. “When it comes to DIY, homeowners should avoid projects like plumbing, electrical and even doing work on their roof," she said. "When it comes to electrical, let’s face it, you can burn your house down. Plumbing could lead to flooding, and unfortunately, we hear way to many stories of people falling off ladders when they try to get on the roof.”
Here's a list of some of the most dangerous jobs that require the skill of a professional:
Hicks said, “Before you tackle a DIY project, ask yourself; if you know what you are doing. Do you have the time and do you have the right tools to do the project? And be sure you know when you need to throw in the towel and call and expert.”
Before taking on a challenge and getting in over your head, there are important questions to consider.
Hicks suggests trying some smaller projects first; projects that don’t need much experience or many tools:
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