Dangers of DIY Remodeling

Dangers of DIY Remodeling
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    Remodeling a home can be one of the most expensive and time-consuming things that someone can do.

    When choosing to remodel a house, many people will hire a professional contractor to come in and do the job.

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While contractors are professionals, they will also cost you since having to pay for materials and labor can add up very quickly. The best way to hire and contractor without spending too much money is to make a plan before hiring, and doing research on several potential contractors before making a decision.

How About DIY

In an attempt to save money, many homeowners instead choose DIY (do it yourself) projects. These projects can be anything from cleaning a gutter or building a bookshelf to more dangerous tasks, like doing electrical work or replacing floorboards. While a contractor will cost more money, the quality of the work will probably be higher than if a person did it themselves.

Making home repairs can obviously be very dangerous even for the most experienced contractor. Contractors are human beings and make mistakes, if a mistake from a contractor ended up damaging your home or a person, then legal action should be taken. Attorneys like Siegfried & Jensen will defend your claim and ensure that your interests are protected.

Some of the most common injuries from home repairs can come from landscaping, electrical work, and roofing. Here’s a look at what can happen if you don’t take the proper precautions:

Landscaping

Landscaping probably wouldn’t be considered dangerous most of the time. Work, like trimming hedges and pulling weeds, doesn’t seem dangerous when compared to roofing or electric or gas work. The most common danger in landscaping is twisting and moving in odd ways. Bending over to pick weeds, trying to twist to get a good angle with proper tools, stretching while raking or shoveling can all put strain on the leg, back, and neck muscles. Back and neck injuries are very dangerous, and even when not serious they can last for weeks at a time.

Another danger would be if you have to remove a tree or other large object from your lawn. Removing a tree incorrectly can easily damage your house and/or your own body, professional help is suggested over doing it yourself.

Electrical work

Electrical work is always dangerous simply because electricity is something that should not be taken lightly. Most electrical injuries are by people trying to do it themselves who forget or don’t know how to turn off the electricity to their house. Injuries from electrical jolts can vary from a tingling feeling to severe burns to even the stopping of the heart.

If you decide to do electrical work by yourself, always wear proper protective gear and turn off the electricity at the main. If you ever think that you are in over your head call a professional electrician for help.

Roofing

The dangers of roofing are obvious. Hard work on a slanted surface several feet off the ground can be a recipe for disaster. Common repairs that need to be made on the roof are laying shingles, waterproofing, and cleaning gutters.

While laying shingles and fixing holes are done on the roof, cleaning gutters is just as dangerous. An unstable ladder being supported by thin strips of the metal gutters can easily fall. You don’t need to be high up when you fall, a fall of only 3 feet can result in serious injuries. Wearing the proper equipment and being aware of your surroundings will help to prevent accidents from happening.

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Last update on 2019-06-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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