Few things are more satisfying than completing a DIY project. Taking building projects into your own hands can save you money while also providing you with valuable education and allowing you to create something to your own exact specifications. Certain projects, however, are still best left to a professional.
For some home building projects, attempting to DIY can only lead to a waste of time and money, and can potentially cost you more in the long run as you are forced to hire a professional anyway to redo what you have already attempted. Before you decide to head to the hardware store and take a project upon yourself, you should consider whether it is one that will be worth the effort or if it is best left to a pro. Here are a few projects we recommend always leaving to a professional:
While it’s certainly possible to do your own plumbing, we don’t recommend it for a variety of reasons. Simple projects, like unclogging a sink, carry a very low risk. Many others, however, can lead to disaster if anything goes wrong. Certain projects, such as plumbing gas, can be extremely dangerous unless undertaken by a professional.
When choosing whether to attempt a home repair project on your own, you should consider if the amount of time you will invest in the project is worth it. Any plumbing project more complicated than snaking a drain will prove to be a huge time investment, since you cannot really do anything without familiarizing yourself completely with your entire plumbing system first. If you don’t know where every shutoff valve is and what every pipe does, you can potentially leave yourself in a flooded home! You will also need to learn certain skills, such as sweating copper pipes, to attempt a plumbing project. One way to render the job a bit easier is to use PEX pipe, which is made from HDPE (high-density polyethylene) and Sharkbite® style fittings, which will make connections a cinch. There are even fittings that will allow you to transition between old copper pipe and new PEX lines, so you don’t have to completely retrofit if it isn’t necessary. Even with these products, however, there is water involved and so you should take great care. In most cases, the simplest solution to your problem is simply to call a professional plumber.
Knowing a few things about the electrical setup in your home or office is definitely a good thing. As with plumbing, having a working knowledge of your house’s wiring can help with a few easy fixes for problems. Just like with plumbing, however, the potential for disaster to occur when attempting a project you are not properly trained on can be high.
Attempting to rewire anything in your home can become a major safety issue, including increasing the risk of fire in your building. Not only that, but you can also risk damaging your drywall and other parts of your home as you attempt to locate or otherwise move certain wires. Becoming an electrician is a job that requires quite a lot of education and commitment; weigh whether doing it as an amateur is worth the time and effort you will have to put into it, or if calling a professional is your best option for electrical work.
Here’s another project that carries a number of potential risks that could outweigh the benefits of attempting to DIY. There is already a level of risk inherent in climbing up onto a roof to attempt any sort of work; if you are untrained you may fall, and no home building project is worth getting injured over. Not only that, you can also end up voiding the warranty on your roof or home by attempting roofing projects on your own.
As with plumbing or electrical projects, certain jobs are simpler than others. If you are very careful, you can try to make some simple fixes on your own. However, unless you are properly trained, doing more complicated roofing work requires the help of a professional.
Installing new windows
Putting in new windows may be a project that you are more liable to attempt on your own. After all, unlike roofing or electrical work, it doesn’t seem like you are placing yourself at much risk; plus you don’t have to worry about flooding your home like you might with plumbing, or burning your house down with electrical wiring gone wrong.
Nevertheless, installing new windows is a job that requires a certain level of training to do right. If the windows in your home have not been installed properly, you risk your energy bill skyrocketing due to unseen leaks and other insulation problems. Modern homes make use of very high-tech windows, specifically designed to help regulate the temperature in your home and save you money on your energy bill. Installing them requires a good bit of know-how and takes a fair amount of time. It’s usually better to have them professionally installed and save yourself lots of money and potential headaches over the years.
If the siding in your home is not installed correctly, it can begin to degrade prematurely, eventually leading to leaks and other problems which can ultimately cause serious damage to your property. Installing siding properly requires a number of very specific measurements and precise cuts; that’s why it’s another project that is often best left to a professional.
Any DIY project requires a commitment of time and effort. The decision you have to make is whether that time commitment is worth it in the long run; if you decide that it is, doing a project on your own can be a very rewarding experience. If, however, you decide that the efforts and potential risks will outweigh the benefits, you should call in a professional.
If you are thinking of remodeling or building a home in the Boise area, Franklin Building Supply can provide you with all the necessary materials you need for a project. They can also advise you on the best course of action when undertaking that project; whether it’s best to hire a professional or DIY. If you decide to have something professionally built or installed, Franklin Building Supply can help you with that as well.