There are a plethora of unique DIY-focused websites around today that will teach you everything from replacing upholstery to building a house. But no matter how many instructions there are on the internet, there’s one thing that holds everyone back; experience.
Whether it’s experience using certain tools or knowledge of house structures, it’s important to have the correct knowledge when performing a DIY project or renovation. If you don’t, then you could end up seriously harming yourself or ruining a part of your home, resulting in expensive damages that could take a while to repair.
So in this post, we’re going to give you a fair warning by explaining a couple of DIY projects that you should never attempt to handle alone.
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Attempting to replace floors
Replacing floors involves a lot of work. Not only does it take a bit of mathematical wizardry to find out how much carpet or how many tiles you need, but it also requires you to move all of the furniture out from a room and strip the existing floor. This takes an extremely long time and it’s best to do this with the help of someone more experienced or a contractor.
Any kind of electrical work is a no-go if you don’t have experience or training. Messing with the electrical wiring in your home could not only lead to serious harm to yourself, but it could also harm others if you’re not careful and leave wires exposed.
Trying to remove walls
Removing walls might seem simple. After all, you’re just knocking down a surface, right? Unfortunately, that wall you’re thinking of taking down could be supporting the roof, meaning it could compromise the entire structure of your home if you’re not careful. If you’re interested in removing a roof, make sure you speak to an expert first.
Anything that involves heavy lifting
Any kind of heavy lifting should be done with a friend or family member. This could mean replacing a bathtub, installing some kind of heavy stone wall or even moving furniture around your house. The more people you have to help, the easier it will be.
DIY plumbing work can also lead to more damage to your home if you’re not careful. Make sure you hire a plumber or at least speak to someone with considerably more experience than you before you attempt any kind of plumbing work. Ideally, you’ll want to leave this in the hands of the professionals instead of doing it yourself.
Any kind of extension
Be it a conservatory, a loft conversion or even a shed, make sure you’re speaking to a contractor before you decide to start on any kind of extension. The extension needs to be stable, it needs to be able to support whatever’s on top of it, and it has to be safe to use. An extension can seem like something fairly easy to do, but it’s a lot more involved than most people think especially if it’s an extension of your home.