• On November 22, 2012 ·

diy constructionWhen something breaks around the house, it’s tempting to break out the tool kit and get to work. For something simple like replacing a hall door handle, DIY initiative is best. However, there are some jobs that are best left to a professional. A professional knows their industry inside and out, including all of the building codes, and a professional will have the tools necessary to get the job done. Attempting to make major repairs is unsafe and may lead to even costlier repairs down the line.

Never attempt repairs to the roof yourself. Climbing up there is dangerous on its own, but when you consider that this is the structure over your head, missteps can turn into a crisis. Likewise, don’t make adjustments to the foundation. You don’t know what’s under there, and you could do anything from flood your floor to strike a gas main. A professional can assess the area, contact the appropriate authorities and use the proper tools to make adjustments safely and correctly the first time.

For masonry projects, it’s unlikely you own the tools necessary to do these jobs efficiently, and if you make mistakes with the grout, you may wind up turning a simple brick replacement into demoing the entire wall. Though this may seem as simple as stacking one object onto another, there are many ways this can go wrong without training, and you could wind up with a structure with cracks or a structure that leans. Because this kind of structure will not hold up over time, you might be left with no choice other than to reconstruct from scratch.

Finally, don’t forget the legal ramifications of attempting to take on these projects on your own. Buildings must be up to code, and a professional will know both the universal and local code requirements for whatever you’re doing. Failure to adhere to these guidelines could get you into legal troubles down the line should something fail. Installing a door may not seem like a huge task, but if you’re non-compliant, that door could be problematic in the event of an emergency. Don’t gamble with your safety; use a professional.

Shawn Bakker
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