Home Improvement

To DIY Or Not To DIY, That Is The Question

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Around here we love DIY, and we think when you can you should definitely do it yourself. Particularly, when it comes to home improvement. However, it is true to say that there are some cases where DIY is definitely not the answer. For first time home buyers, this article is very helpful. Let’s look at some of the situations where you should and shouldn’t DIY. More importantly, let’s explore why DIY isn’t always the right answer.



Fixing Lighting Issues
Anyone can change a lightbulb. You just need to make sure that the power is off. As well as this, you should check that if the light is high up the chair or ladder that you’re using is sturdy enough. Assuming that no one switches the power back on, you’ll be fine.

Similarly, you might be thinking about changing the fixtures in your property. Again, this is a fairly typical task that you should be able to fix yourself. Remember though, drop lights can be a fire hazard if they are not installed correctly. Do make sure you understand how to fill the gaps so that fire won’t spread through the rest of the building quite as quickly.

But what about rewiring or wiring a new area of your home? This is definitely more complicated, time-consuming and dangerous. If you make any mistakes here, you’ll be creating another fire hazard, and you might not even realize it. That’s why anything to do with wiring should always be passed on to a technician.

Trouble With Water
Are your taps dripping? If so, turn the water off and unscrew the U point in the pipe with a spanner. You will typically find that a dripping tap is an issue with a broken washer. These are cheap and easy to replace. However, it’s also possible that you have a larger plumbing issue.

You might even have flooding in your home. Depending on the severity of this issue, you might want to pass the job on. Failing to deal with a significant plumbing problem will only lead to more damage and more issues. If you want to avoid this, a plumber is almost certainly your best bet.

We suggest you think about calling a plumber or find help online immediately particularly if you have stagnant water. This will quickly impact other areas of your property, including the structure of your home.

Roof Work 
Finally, you might find that after a storm, there’s been a problem with your roof. If you know how to fix the issue, you might consider going up there yourself. This is perfectly fine, as long as you have the right equipment. Roofers don’t go up without full harnesses these days. That’s exactly what you need if you want to make sure that you aren’t at risk of a nasty slip or fall. Depending on the height of your roof, it’s probably a long way down.

In some cases you might be able to fix the issue through access to the attic. However, this is certainly not always the case.

We hope this helps you see that DIY isn’t always the answer to your issues.



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