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When DIY is Dangerous

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Necessary home improvements
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Yes, that’s right. Home improvement can be dangerous to your health. That’s not a scare tactic, but a reality. Some home improvement projects are just downright dangerous for homeowners to attempt.

If you’re looking for ways to help with home improvement, there are plenty of options. Just don’t attempt the following without hiring a contractor.

  • Roofing. Seems obvious, doesn’t it, but many people still try this on their own. I’m not talking about replacing a shingle or cleaning the gutters, but a full fledged roofing project. If the ladders don’t provide a clue, think about walking on a roof. Then call a roofing contractor.
  • Cutting down trees. The scary part is the chainsaw. Unless you are experienced at using one (and wear the right safety equipment), leave this to a contractor or arborist, as noted in this Home Fixated blog. This is particularly true if the tree is near a power line or your house.
  • Major electrical work. Installing a ceiling fan is one thing, but rewiring the house is another. You need to know building codes, amp requirements, and just how to do it without getting hurt.
  • Venting. Unless you have plumbing skills, this one could backfire if you don’t vent your dryer, water heater, and plumbing stack properly. Check out this blog from Remodeling for Geeks.
  • Foundation repair. Do you want your bumbling cousin jacking up your foundation or trying to straighten out uneven floor joists? Need I say more? Hire a specialized contractor and perhaps a structural engineer. This type of remodeling is important to maintain the stability of your home.

This list should send you back a few steps with your remodeling plans. Focus on the physically intense, but non-scary projects instead. Painting. Tile. Carpeting. Replacing a vanity. You get the picture.

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