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When To DIY, and When Not To...

When To DIY, and When Not To...

You know the saying about your eyes being bigger than your stomach when you order a giant meal at a restaurant and then only eat a fraction? When it comes to DIY, your eyes can be bigger than your skill. Or your balance. Or your finesse.

Paint your room or pull up your carpet or plant some annuals or put together a bookcase. But when it comes to the tough stuff, it's best to know when to call for help. Here are seven times you should call a guy instead of DIY.

1. Anything That Involves Water

You're good with a wrench? You know where the water shut off valve is? You're sure you can take all that plumbing apart and put it back together without any leaks or leftover pieces? Great. But if you're not so sure, call a guy. Don't mess around with stuff that could flood the house and/or create a mold situation.

Unless it's something simple like unclogging a toilet or fixing a drain, messing with plumbing can cause major dilemmas (Just think about an overflowing toilet or unstoppable burst in a pipe...not fun). It's always better to ask a plumber before trying to tackle any plumbing issues on your own.

2. Anything That Involves Electricity

You've heard that minor rewiring can be easy. Not fans of being electrocuted? Better leave that to an expert. You usually don't get a second chance with electricity....  :)

3. Hanging Drywall

Give it a shot in an easily accessible area. Hanging drywall can actually be quite rewarding. But in a complicated installation area, or one that is high up.no thanks. Watching a professional teeter around on those stilts makes the money spent well worth it. I look at it this way: I can pay the drywall pro up front, or pay it at the ER after I attempt to do it myself.

4. Demolition

As any good HGTV-obsessed design lover will agree, swinging a sledgehammer in a crusty old kitchen or bathroom looks like great fun. But you could also do great damage if you don't know how to go about it. Beyond the risks of asbestos, lead paint dust and other hazardous materials, do you really know what's behind the walls of your home? Gas pipes, water lines and live electrical wires are just a few of the dangers...

5. Roof Repair

It's tricky work, it's dangerous, and it's fraught with challenge. Plus, DIY patches on the roof could also end up damaging it even worse: cause a leak, and maybe even void that part of your home warranty. Most roofing companies will come out to give you a free estimate anyway, so no need to risk your safety. For extra protection, call your insurance company if you suspect there is a problem and have them come and check it out. It will cost you nothing.

6. Baseboards and Molding

Mitering corners can drive any sane person who didn't nail algebra (and retain everything they learned) to madness. Unless you're confident you can properly calculate the angles and master that whole "measure twice, cut once" thing, you might want to leave this to the experts.

7. Paving Your Driveway

Paving stones can turn a boring driveway into a focal point. And while they look relatively simple to install, the reality is that the measuring and positioning of paving stones can be tremendously time-consuming. (Think of it as a game of Tetris on steroids.) But a team of professionals can cut installation down to a day, depending on your driveway size.


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Ken Huebsch: Your premier real estate agent in the Greater Harrisburg area.  I am a specialist in Harrisburg real estate as well as the communities of Palmyra, Hershey, and Hummelstown.  My wife Leslye and I have a combined 40+ years' experience serving our clients -We KNOW Harrisburg. When you plan to buy or sell Harrisburg area real estate, allow us to work for you.  We are dedicated professionals and are here for your success. 

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Comment balloon 0 commentsKen and Leslye Huebsch • January 30 2015 10:24AM