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Don't Try This At Home: The Most Hazardous DIY Projects

Being a homeowner can be quite expensive. You want to redesign, remodel, and on top of everything else you have to worry about upkeep. The rotating door of cable guys, plumbers, and contractors can add up over the years, and you might want to start taking some projects into your own hands. While you should feel free to paint, and spackle to your heart’s content, there are some projects that are too dangerous to attempt on your own. Ignore how easy the YouTube tutorial makes it seem, and call in a professional for these issues.

Removing a Wall

Wall removal can seem like an easy task. How many times have you seen someone on HGTV just take a sledgehammer to a wall, easy as pie? Well, they had guidance from professionals who made sure they didn’t make any big mistakes like taking down a load-bearing wall. If you do that, you compromise the structural soundness of your house which could then collapse. Before you start swinging away, have a professional come take a look and let you know which walls are safe to tackle yourself.

Electrical Wiring

If you weren’t cautious about getting hands-on with your wiring, you should be. Hundreds of people are killed each year not during their attempts at wiring, but after. Improperly installed wiring is the leading cause of electrical fires, and they are lethal. Electricians receive training to prevent that kind of thing from happening, so your family is protected. A professional electrician will ensure that your electrical installations and repairs are done well, and safely.

Exterminating Pests

If cockroaches or rats are invading your home, you’re going to want to be proactive ASAP instead of waiting around for an exterminator. But since most people get rid of pests with poison, hold off. The poison you spread out could just as easily kill a child on accident, or prove to be harmful to you. First, consult a professional exterminator. They can help you find the source of the problem, like where the critters are getting into your house in the first place, and then make a plan to get rid of them safely. They can even recommend natural, chemical-free ways as a solution against ants, mice, etc.

Tree Work

You may want to get proactive if a tree in your yard is showing signs of decay. Diseased and dying trees are dangerous as they’re more unstable, but it’s not much safer to take care of it yourself. If you do prune the tree but do so improperly, the branches can grow too heavy and fall, landing on passerby below and causing injury. There’s always the danger that you could fall out of the tree, especially since you are probably lacking proper safety equipment – a ladder alone just isn’t going to cut it, even if someone is holding onto the bottom. And if you’re not a lumberjack, you might cut down the tree incorrectly and cause it to fall on your house – or your neighbor’s.

Roofing Work

Men on TV seem to have no problem get up onto their roof and hanging out, hammering some new shingles on at their leisure. But real life is not so easy-going. Sure, paying someone else to so your roof work is expensive, but it’s better than putting you in a position where you could fall to your death/serious injury. Even climbing up and down the ladder is a new danger when you’re struggling to carry all of your tools and materials – best just to call in the people who do it every day.

Removing Asbestos

Asbestos used to be used commonly to insulate older buildings and homes. Now we know that asbestos is dangerous, as it can be deadly if you inhale it. Naturally you’ll want to rid your house of any old asbestos in the attic or basement, but it is crucial to call in a professional who will come in with the proper gear to eliminate it. The Environmental Protection Agency has a list of contacts, approved by the state, who are certified in asbestos removal. http://www2.epa.gov/asbestos/state-asbestos-contacts A professional will also know about the laws concerning disposal of toxic material, which you may not have even thought of. This way, the asbestos will be rid of your house but it will be disposed of in a way that doesn’t hurt any other people, or the environment.

Gas Line Repair

Natural gas is nothing to mess around with. If your gas line is improperly installed or begins to leak, the clear and odorless carbon monoxide cause an explosion. Even without a blast, the poison can make its way through your house while you’re sleeping and kill you. It’s one of the deadliest elements in your house, which is why you should make sure your carbon monoxide detector is functioning, and if you have suspicions that there is a leak, call the gas company – or 911.

KellyRose McAleer
KellyRose McAleer
KellyRose McAleer is a graduate of the University of Iowa and a writer for RemodelingCentral. Also, it’s KellyRose. It's not Kelly; It's not Rose. You can find her here

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