When to Not DIY

DIYing has become more and more popular over the last few decades. As certain pieces of tech and tools make it easier, as well as people trying to save money where possible, many jobs can be done on your own. This means that you no longer have to call someone out for some of the smaller jobs.

It can be a great sense of pride to look at something you’ve done to your house, garden, car or anything else on your own. Having said that though, there are several circumstances where it’s probably best not to go down the DIY route. Here are just a few examples.

  1. Plumbing

 Although you might be able to change a tap or fix a leak, anytime there is semi-serious plumbing work that needs to be done, it’s probably better to call someone out.

Plumbing can often be complicated work and plumbers are trained to make it look easy. While it can be more expensive to call them out than to just see if you can fix it yourself, the ramifications of getting it wrong can be much more costly.

This isn’t even mentioning the fact that you can do some serious damage to your house if you cause water to go somewhere that it shouldn’t.

Most plumbers will be able to come out and look at a problem or change you are trying to make and let you know if it’s something they can do or not pretty quickly. While it might seem simple, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

  1. Electrics 

Electricity is a wonderful thing and you likely can’t imagine your house without it. However, it is also dangerous and shouldn’t be dealt with on your own.

Unlike an electrician, you probably don’t know what you should be looking out for and therefore can run into issues along the way. Even something that seems straightforward, like moving a light switch, can cause lots of potential issues depending on your house and how it’s wired.

Calling an electrician out, even if it’s just to make sure that things are running smoothly, can be a great thing to do. This is especially the case if you’re living in an older house that doesn’t run like a newer one would.

  1. Mechanics

 If you own a car, there are probably lots of things you do to it regularly. From cleaning to changing the oil, there are a good number of jobs you can do that don’t require help at all.

However, people often underestimate how much work goes into keeping a car running and it’s not something you want to mess around with if you don’t know what you’re dealing with. No one wants to be speeding down the road when you notice that you’ve done something wrong.

It’s for this reason that going to a mechanic is often the safest bet. While it may cost much more, your safety is the main priority and it’s not worth taking a risk.

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