D-I-Why?: 8 Home Projects You Should Never Try Yourself


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With Pinterest and the lack of funds, most of us tend to lean toward doing DIY home projects. Toilets clogged? Want to add a cool accent wall? Do it yourself!

We know you don’t want to hear this but there are some things that you really should bite the bullet and hire a professional to do it.

We’ve gathered a list of some of those things and why to steer away from doing them yourself.

1. Switch out Your Stove

If you’re redoing a kitchen one of the things most people want to upgrade is the stove top.

People are moving away from gas and switching to electric.

While this is a common upgrade it’s something you really shouldn’t do yourself for a couple of different reasons. One it’s really dangerous and two, most of the time it takes work that requires permitting and meeting codes.

You will most likely have to modify your gas line and your electrical circuits. Making a mistake with either of these can be explosive. It’s much better to have professionals come in and do it correctly.

2. Replacing a Hot Water Tank

Replacing your hot water tank might seem like a perfect DYI project for someone who is handy, but it can turn into a very complicated project. Hot water tanks typically use around 240 volts of electricity and gas lines.

Depending on the size and where it is stored, you might need permits or have codes and safety regulations that you need to follow. In most cases, it’s better to hire a licensed plumber to avoid all of the trouble.

Save your DYI prowess for a different, more accomplishable task.

3. Installing New Lighting

Just like the hot water heater, this might seem like something to cut your teeth on, however, it can quickly turn into something that you don’t have the skills to handle.

There is the obvious problem that you could shock yourself – but there are worse consequences that can lead to costly repairs further down the line.

Things like overloading or popping your breakers, or causing your outlets to spark, are all things that can be costly to fix. In most cases, it would have been cheaper to hire someone in the first place.

Spotty electrical work is one of the leading causes of house fires and if you don’t have these issues fixed by licensed electricians your insurance company can deny future claims.

4. Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Yes, we know that a lot of experienced DIYers are rolling there eyes right now. But it’s true, kitchen cabinets can be a lot more difficult than painting furniture.

You have spent all this time to find the perfect color to match your backsplash and counters, the last thing you want is to mess up something that draws in everyone’s eye.

Not to mention that there are some specialty tools, equipment, and safety measures that you can read all about in this blog.

With kitchen grease, oily fingers and other random things that get absorbed into the wood, it’s best not to chance messing up one of the focal points in your new kitchen.

5. Garage Door Springs

Having to replace your garage door spring is one of these home projects that most people will have to deal with, after a while, they just lose tension. It might seem like something that you could simply use YouTube to learn how to do but it can be dangerous.

The first step and the last step to deal with the tension in the spring so there is a potential to send the spring flying toward you. As you can imagine that can cause a pretty nasty injury, some have even resulted in death.

There’s no harm in calling a specialist and living to DIY another day.

6. Knocking Down Walls

Who hasn’t wanted to pick up a sledgehammer and smash something before? It can make the idea of taking down a wall while you’re renovating seems like a really good idea.

But, you have to choose wisely. Some walls can be weight bearing and you can damage the structure of your home.

Most people will kill for an open floor plan, so if it’s something you feel like you can’t deal without then bring in a professional to make sure the structural integrity won’t be compromised.

If you can go without, then consider looking into other DIY projects that can help a small room look bigger.

7. Adding a Skylight

Adding a skylight is a beautiful renovation to do to your home. But it’s not something that you should be doing yourself.

It requires cutting a hole, framing it, and then putting in a window. Unlike a regular window though there is the added difficulty of it being in your roof.

If you don’t want to hire a professional, house plants can lighten up any space too. And it’s actually DIY.

8. Cutting Down Large Trees

Small trees you can probably tackle yourself, but a large tree and more difficulty. Plus your city might have codes and permits might be needed for larger trees.

A large tree can fall in unpredictable ways, causing damage and possibly injuries. Both struck or impaled are in the top 5 most common tree cutting accidents, larger trees make both injuries more likely.

Cut your losses and just hire a professional from the beginning.

Home Projects Are Not All DIY

Being thrifty and creative is nothing to be ashamed about, live your best life. But know your limits, not all home projects are meant to be DIY.

If you are a frequent DIYer, check out our catalogs and reach out with some of the projects that you’ve completed. We’d love to hear from you.