Five Home Improvement Projects You Should Never DIY

Move over BRB, LOL and BLT, make room for DIY. The popularity of the acronym and the projects that it describes has exploded in recent years. Flip through the television channels or peruse the magazine rack and you will likely stumble upon some type of story focusing on the do-it-yourself phenomenon.

Successfully completing a DIY project can save you money, boost your pride and score some bonus points with your better half. However, success is hard to come by. With that in mind, here is a list of 5 don’t do-it-yourself (DDIY) projects:

1. Electrical Work – You may be capable of updating electrical fixtures (light switches, ceiling fans), but don’t mess with electrical circuits or electrical wiring. That can be a deadly decision, literally. Faulty electrical work can result in electrical shock or an electrical fire. Plus, electrical work is governed by very strict codes that must be followed and many insurance policies require that you get a permit and hire a licensed electrician to do electrical work.

2. Roof Repairs – Another project where the risk outweighs the reward. Once again, the biggest risk is your health. Climbing up and down ladders and standing on an angled surface is not exactly safe, especially when you are not used to doing it. In addition, a professional roofer is trained to identify structural weaknesses and other potential problems that may pop up in the future.

3. Plumbing – Go ahead and change a showerhead or the handle on your toilet, but don’t attempt to fix your water heating system or re-route the supply lines. Mistakes can lead to leaks, damaged pipes and water damage within the foundation of your home. As a rule, don’t try any repairs that will be hidden by walls, floors or ceilings.

4. HVAC Installation/Repair – The HVAC system is much more complicated than it appears. There are many facets to consider; electrical components, air flow, duct work, adding vents, potential for mold. If you make a mistake, it will likely cost you money in the form of utility bills, and/or cost you your health (mold, poor ventilation).

5. Tree Removal – Way too many potential problems. One, the chain saw can slice off one of your body parts easier than it can slice off a tree branch. Two, the tree may fall on your house, you neighbors house, the dog. Three, you can fall off the ladder or a tree branch can knock you off the ladder.

Before starting any DIY project, do some research and make sure you understand how much money, effort and skill it will require. If you underestimate the project or overestimate your skill, your idea that started as a money-saver will quickly turn into a money pit.

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