DIY and Staying Away From Home Improvement Disasters

In this new age of revolving technology, it is very easy to get access to numerous step-by-step instructions and DIY solutions for completing almost any project – especially home improvement ones. With online access, all you need to do is type “how-to ____” in your preferred search engines or video sites and you’ll immediately be given hundreds of results from different sources and suggestions as well.

But just because a great step-by-step information is there, does not mean that it is the best option and something you should be doing yourself. The truth is, reading or seeing a how-to video of something and actually doing it yourself can be very different things.

Before ever making a decision on taking by a project yourself, make sure you have and remember these things first.

Be Completely Honest with Yourself

Every project should start with this, and this is the best way to avoid unwanted home improvement disasters. Nobody knows you better than yourself, so be completely honest with yourself about your skill set (weaknesses and your strengths). For instance, if you can’t handle heights or a fear of it, then don’t do the re-roofing yourself. It might just end up giving you more problems than improvements.

Check Current Building Codes In Your Area

In many areas, similar building codes are imposed. But take note, similar and not exactly the same. Make sure you are fully aware and understand your local or country building codes to ensure that your remodeling project will not pose future problems on your end. If you make the projects yourself and fail to comply with the given codes, you could be fined and might just put you and your family in danger.

Cost and Time

Come to think of it, deciding to go DIY is mainly driven by money or budget. But what others mostly forget about is the time factor. As said by many, time is the only truly limited resources in the world. Going DIY will more likely take much longer time than hiring a professional. How much will be sacrificed for every hour you spend doing the project yourself? What is that time worth to you?

Things that are better left to the Professionals

Doing DIY projects are great and there are a lot of great DIY projects out there. But to avoid potential disasters with your home improvements, it might be best to leave these things to the professionals (unless you are one yourself):

• Electrical Repairs or Installation – Electrical jobs are extremely dangerous; improper connections can lead to groundings and electrical accidents. Leave this to professionals, but make sure they are licensed and qualified as well.

• Heater and Air Conditioning Repair – An HVAC project involves a lot of dangers because not only does it have electricity involved, but natural gas as well. This means that there are a lot of potential if you don’t know what you are doing.

It is not our intention to discourage you from doing DIY’s because we understand that there is a great deal of satisfaction with a job well done (and extra savings). But to avoid home improvement disasters, it is best to be smart.

The Shocking Truth About Electrical Home Improvement

When facing a home repair job that needs electrical home improvement, you should consult a professional, or hopefully take a class at your local building supply store for the best results. This article will expose some of the primary concerns when tackling the wiring in your home. Learn what to avoid and how to make the project one that is executed correctly.

Safety First

When working with electrical current and wires, it is advisable to wear rubber soled shoes to avoid being shocked. There are still other dangers involved, but this is one that is often overlooked. Also, make sure that the surrounding environment you are working in is clear from any water. Water and electricity do not mix. If you are using tools for your electrical home improvement, make sure that all of the cords are safe and clear of any damage. Caution – Make sure to check them when they are unplugged, and if you find any open wiring on any of the cords be sure to tape them with some good quality electrical tape or discard them and use a cord that you know is safe.

Start With A Smaller Project

Before you take on an electrical home improvement project, it is better to start with something you have more confidence or experience with. Changing a light switch might be a good place to start You could make some decorative changes to the light switches while you are learning about wiring in your home.

Installing A Circuit Box

One of the bigger electrical home improvement jobs that you may face is, changing out an old circuit breaker box and installing a new one. If you live in a home that was built several years ago there is a good chance that an electrical home improvement project is in order for this area of the home. Before beginning this type of project you should consult with your local electrical supply store. If you are the least bit unsure of yourself you should definitely consider having a licensed professional electrician do this job for you. It could mean the difference between life and death.

Try Installing a Ceiling Fan

One electrical home improvement project you might want to try is to install a ceiling fan in the bedroom or family room. This is a rather simple project if you are careful. If you purchased a new ceiling fan it should come with some detailed instructions for installation. If you are installing a ceiling fan that did not come with directions, you can usually find help at your local building supply store. Another tip for this type of project is to make sure you have some electrical tape and twist nuts for the wires. When tackling your next electrical home improvement project, make sure that you’re well prepared and stay safe.