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Now that the temperature has cooled down and you seem to have more free time on your hands because the days seem to get shorter every week, many of you must be considering a few DIY projects. Do-It-Yourself home projects are absolutely great, especially if you have a creative mindset and like to inject a bit of your own personality into the décor. From homemade candles to DIY shelves and even painting your house on your own, there are quite a few projects you can absolutely tackle by yourself without the need to hire expensive laborers and contractors.
However, not everything is best done on your own. The worst jobs happen when a homeowner decides to bite off more than they can chew. These projects, when they go wrong, end up costing a lot of money and time to fix. Or worse, may requiring a complete and long drawn out re-do.
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So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at 5 scenarios that are not recommended as DIY projects:-
Want to add a new bookcase? Go ahead, but if you want to change the walls to get a customized built-in bookcase, it's best to hire an expert. Behind those walls could be structural elements like columns, or even plumbing pipes and major electrical conduits, none of which you want to tackle by yourself.
It may look pretty simple to install new floor tiles, but it’s rarely, if ever, that simple. While they look relatively simple to install, the reality is that the measuring and positioning of tiles can be tremendously time-consuming. However, a team of professionals can cut installation down to a day, depending on your room size. If you want to spruce up your flooring, stick to simple DIY option like placing rugs and floor mats instead.
It's one thing to install a new light fixture, but repairing faulty wiring is a whole other ball game. Working with electrical wires can be deadly and the proper precautions and knowledge are crucial. It’s best to hire a professional if your kitchen needs re-wiring or you want to install a new water geyser.
If the toilet is clogged, go ahead and attempt unclogging it yourself. But if you have leaky faucets and broken plumbing pipes, it is best to hire a professional plumber to fix them. Messing with plumbing can result in serious leakage and seepage problems. You may think you’ve gotten the job done, but instead, you might cause another leak somewhere else.
Changing old worn out rubber gaskets on your sliding window is a simple task, but changing the entire window is not. Don’t think of it as ‘screwing a new window in place of the old’. This requires specialized tools that you may not have in your trusty tool chest. While you have bought the new window at a store or gotten one customized, it is best to pay to have it installed by a professional as well us to ensure they it's secure and well-insulated.