New Found Love for DIY: 5 Dos and Don’ts

Once you transition from a renter to a homeowner, you realize that there is always a project to complete. From painting a bathroom to that curious foundation crack in the basement, the Internet and home improvement stores have made it easy to DIY. You save money and learn a little something at the same time. However, there are some projects that are perfect for the DIYer, while others rank as “professionals only” territory.


1. Home Remodeling Nightmares
If you are planning on remodeling your kitchen, for example, the task is often full of possible nightmares. A wall you want removed could be load-bearing, causing structural issues. Improper measurements could culminate in a kitchen island too big for the space. Even plumbing issues arise if a valve or pipe breaks during the tear-out portion. Any major home remodeling is best left to the experts. The project will be completed quickly without any headaches on your part.

2. Painting Is A Breeze
Definitely plan on painting your own home. Unless you need to paint the exterior of a three-story structure, a painting project is simple when you take the proper steps for preparation. Clean the walls of grease and debris. Make sure you primer the walls and select a paint that works for your room’s style. With matte and glossy colors available, there are a rainbow of colors to choose from. Tape off the edges of the painting job to make a clean line with the rest of the room. You’ll feel proud that you could complete such a satisfying job.

3. Room Additions Need Professionals
A complete construction of a room added onto your existing home is definitely not a DIY project. Along with proper permits, you need a sound foundation poured for safe support. The new walls, ceiling and roof need to be square and connected correctly to the existing home for continuity and structural integrity. Also, make sure to have appropriate house floor plans. Even if there is only a small bathroom to add on, a contractor is still needed to truly construct the project correctly.

4. Fixture Replacements
Don’t be afraid of your plumbing. Although a major pipe clog should encourage you to call a plumber, basic fixture installations are relatively simple. The key is to turn off the water. You do not want any spills or floods ruining your DIY project. Each faucet should have an individual valve hidden under the fixture. If you cannot find the valve, or it is broken, simply shut your main water valve off. You are able to remove the old fixture and add the new one at this point. Always make sure that any gaskets are properly seated to avoid any leaks when you test the system. You’ll be pleased with the new fixture look.

5. Garage Door Woes
You may lubricate your hinges and wheels on the garage door, but major repairs are best done by a professional. The large spring that extends horizontally above the door is called the torsion spring. It is a tightly wound spring that supports the door’s weight. At about 10 years old, the spring snaps. Only a professional should replace this spring because it can snap at you, causing severe injury.

Being a DIYer brings you satisfaction of a job well-done. Choose the proper projects around the home to stay safe. Understanding when a professional is needed allows you to save money, time and avoid injury.