I love getting my hands dirty. I’m always up for a challenge, and my weekend to-do list is always full of household DIY jobs. But, I also know where to draw the line. I know where my limits are. And, that’s an important skill for any DIYer.
It’s no secret that household jobs can edge towards dangerous territory. There are risks and trouble if you’re not confident in your own abilities.
I love DIY, but it’s not worth spending a day in hospital for it! More importantly, some jobs require the seasoned experience of a professional.
I don’t know about you, but I want a perfect finish and expert work done in my home. If I can’t do that myself, I’ll call the professionals. Here are the main jobs I avoid.
I’m not averse to a little welding. In fact, I’ve done plenty myself in the past. With the correct safety gear, and the correct tools, simple welding is easy enough. The trouble arises when you have a big project. Or, if you need a perfect finish. Sure, I can weld, but getting that precision finish without it looking messy is hard! In my opinion, stainless steel welding needs the touch of an expert. Especially if the metal is on show.
Plastering is a little like welding. It seems easy enough, and we’ve all tried it in the past. But, for those who have tried, you know how hard it is to get a smooth finish! It’s infuriating, and there’s always a little bit that’s never smooth. I’ll do just about any other interior work, but I no longer have the patience for plastering. A good tradesman will be in and out within the hour, and it’ll look perfect. I’d much rather pay the money!
When it comes to plumbing, there are simply too many things that can go wrong. I’ll happy tighten a leaky pipe, or change a tap. But, when it comes to the more intricate details, it’s simply not worth the risk. Plumbing is almost always connected in mysterious ways! Everything you do has a knock-on affect in other areas of the house. In some cases, the plumbing stretches between the houses along the street. One wrong move, and you can end up flooding your neighbours! The potential expense is just not worth it.
Again, it’s all about knowing when to draw the line. Only you can make that decision based on your abilities and skills. With electrics, for example, there is a definite learning curve. On the one hand, wiring a plug is a simple task, and I recommend everyone learn how to do this. But, when it comes to the complex circuitry behind the main sockets, it’s best left to the experts. Much like plumbing, everything is intricately connected. One wrong move, and you’ll spend the entire day figuring out where the mistake is!
By all means, do the DIY that you feel comfortable with. But, respect your limits, and know when to stop.
If you want something done, do it yourself; other wise it’ll never get done. Learn to do it if you don’t know and never despair until you finish what has to be done.