Five Ways to DIY into the ER This Weekend
It starts off with a casual “I could do that!” and ends with a “Well doctor, I was trying to climb a tree to chainsaw some branches that were dangling over Mrs. Smith’s fence, and, well here we are.”
We’re all for DIY around here, however, there are some projects you should definitely leave to the experts.
Cutting down trees:
Cutting down trees, or even removing branches requires climbing and working with dangerous equipment high up in the air. Dangerous equipment + high places = disaster. Leave tree trimming and chopping to the professionals, or Paul Bunyan.
Imagine this, you put your ladder in place, against your house. You climb up the ladder and start cleaning out your gutters. You then discover a family of rabid squirrels made a home in your gutters. You (being a normal human being) flinch backward while you are on the ladder. Enough said. Don’t clean your gutters by yourself. Professional gutter cleaners have been trained to handle any surprises that might be lurking your gutters.
Messing with electrical work.
It’s one thing to flip a fuse switch to the power in your home on or off, but another to attempt to repair faulty wiring or any other electrical issues without professional help. Electricians know all the ways not to electrocute themselves. Incidentally, according to our experts, there are over 30 ways to electrocute yourself while doing electrical work.
Did Chevy Chase teach us nothing?! It’s a roof, things go wrong. How many movies and sitcoms have to warn us not to climb ladders and attempt roof work? Aside from being dangerous to attempt roof work, it can also be detrimental to your home if you don’t know all of the proper ways to install or repair roofing.
We get it. You saw this 10 step guide to a new kitchen on Pinterest and it looks so easy. DIY can be fun and creative. Sometimes it’s best to leave things like using a power sander to resurface all of your cabinets or an electric saw to cut wood for a kids bed that look like a race car to the professionals.
When it comes to DIY know your limits. What seems like an easy task could require a set of skills and equipment that are important to completing the project. Not only will you skip a potential trip to the ER, you could save yourself thousands of dollars. DIY disasters often cost more to fix than the original problem itself.