A lot of people are turning to DIY these days and, in the main, it’s a beautiful thing. DIY is creative, fun, and a lot more rewarding than getting someone in to help with the decoration or buying some new – and expensive – furniture.
However, it isn’t without its dangers – as I’m going to go through with you today. Let’s take a look at some of the things you need to be wary of whenever you take on a new DIY project, large or small.
Slips, trips, and falls
Slips, trips, and falls make up the vast majority of accidents in the home – and a surprising number end up as fatalities. It makes sense, then, that when you are doing some DIY in the home, your chances of having an accident increase by a significant amount. Make sure that you are keeping working areas clean and tidy, and never leave equipment, materials, or obstructions lying around if you aren’t in the same room – especially if you have kids!
The financial hell hole
Many people try DIY to save some cash, and in theory, it’s a sound idea. After all, tradespeople can be expensive, right? And all that money saved on labour can soon tot up to a small fortune. But get your DIY wrong, and it could cost even more to repair the damage. There’s a good reason skilled workers cost real money – because they can do their jobs a lot better than the average person. Never take on a job that is well beyond your skill levels and experience, or you will end up regretting it – as will your bank manager.
The accidental fault maker
If you were to strip back the walls of your home, you would find an enormous array of pipes, wiring, and essential equipment that helps run your home. The trouble is, it’s all incredibly delicate. An errant nail here or a sharp hammer blow there could result in serious issues. And, as Bailey Pollock Electrical Services point out, if something goes wrong with the electrics in your home, it can be difficult to find out what the problem is to the untrained eye. It can also be incredibly dangerous. Yes, DIY can be fun – and save you a lot of money. But if you make a glaring error, it is going to be challenging and expensive to fix.
If you live in an old home, make sure that it is clear of asbestos. You might find it in roof or wall cavity insulation, fireproofing, and even the cement used to build your home way back when. Asbestos is banned in construction these days, but many homes still contain it – and it can result in causing immeasurable harm to you and your family. Asbestos has been linked to lung cancer, emphysema, and mesothelioma, and if you accidentally uncover some during DIY, you may not even realise it. If you have any suspicions, call in a professional asbestos tester before doing any renovation work – it might just save your life.