5 Ways to Fail at Do-It-Yourself Home Improvement and Repairs

There are a number of websites that have easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for do-it-yourself projects. It’s not always that simple if you’re doing something for the first time. Have you ever watched those TV shows that flip houses? They make many mistakes and at times go over budget and they’re professionals who do this day in and day out. If you’re not confident enough to do the job, hire a professional, you will be glad you did and so will the wife.

1. Fall through the ceiling

We’ve all been here right? You’re snooping around the attic, trying to wire your house for an awesome home network. You don’t really trust anyone, so a wireless network is out of the question. Also, it’s 1999. Or maybe you are up there trying to figure out what’s wrong with your air conditioning unit. Watch out! Don’t step off that joist! Oops.

2. Smash your thumb with a hammer

This one should bring back all sorts of memories. It’s almost like smashing your thumb with a hammer is part of growing up. And let’s face it. We never learn. The lesson is: don’t ever pick up a hammer. Let someone else do it. Please. You have no idea how happy that would make your poor little thumb.

3. Shocking yourself

Congratulations! You moved into a new house. It’s a fixer upper, and it needs some work. The first thing you notice is that you can’t plug in your modern appliances and/or computer because the wall outlets are not modern. There is no grounding. This quickly becomes item #1 on the to-do list. And because you are as stubborn as my grandpa, you decide that you can do electrical work without turning off the circuit breakers in your house. You also decide that a metal/steel screwdriver is the perfect tool for unscrewing those pesky screws on the outlet. Little do you know that you have just created the perfect scenario for a shocking experience (pun intended).

4. Flood your house

Did you know that the hoses behind your washing machine are fully charged with maximum water pressure? Oops. Next time make sure you turn off the faucets before you try to change the hoses or replace the washing machine. In fact, when it comes to plumbing, just call a plumbing specialist. A professional plumber will be much cheaper than the bilge pump rental. Trust me on this one.

5. Fall off the roof

Unlike most people who try to repair their own roof, this guy is actually prepared. He’s got a harness for goodness sake! Falling off the roof must be one of the biggest DIY fails ever. Most people who are victims of roof repair fail only post pictures of their massive injuries. You can’t pay me to get on a roof. I’ll leave it up to the professionals, even though I feel like they are showing off about it most times. (Okay. I get it. I can see you smiling at me from the roof. Way to go. I’m glad that you can be so impressed with your own sense of balance.)

The lesson learned here, hire a qualified professional for all your Home Improvement and Repair needs. Let ServiceLive connect you with a local trusted expert!

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2 Responses

  1. Sunrooms Calgary says:

    Thanks for sharing this here with us.

  2. Erik says:

    Never mind the financial disasters that can come with poorly planned home improvement efforts!

    It’s almost always better to just call a professional.

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