DIY Disasters and How Not to Fix Home Problems
The enthusiastic do-it-yourselfer likes to believe they can fix most home maintenance problems and save money in the process.
Some of the time they’re right. On other occasions they’re heading for DIY disasters, turning a money-saving exercise into an expensive catastrophe.
Your DIY solution might just be papering over the problem and potentially causing long-term damage.
The key is knowing when to make the correct choice between taking on DIY projects or calling a professional like Mr Emergency for help.
So here’s a selection of DIY home projects, renovations, maintenance jobs and repairs that amateur DIYers need to think twice about.
DIY Demolition Jobs
Everyone’s watched home renovation TV shows which turn demolition into a fun day of breaking stuff.
We all love a home improvement project but knocking down a wall is not always fun and it’s potentially dangerous. Be sure you’re not destroying a supporting wall or beam.
Be prepared to deal with the mess demolition makes – heavy rubble and clouds of dust. And always wear a helmet and mask.
Hire a skip bin for the rubble; don’t imagine you’re going to lug the ruins to a nearby dump in your car.
When in doubt, call a demolition expert.
Clearing Drains with Chemicals
There are a range of chemical drain cleaners on the market that are formulated to clear blockages.
These chemicals do the job by eating through the hair, fat and other substances in the drain.
But when a drain is completely clogged, the chemical cleaner has nowhere to go. It sits in the drain and, while it slowly eats away at the clog, it can also corrode your pipes and make the problem worse.
Be wary of DIY plumbing projects. If the clog is that bad, it might be time to call a professional plumber. It’s best to secure the services of a licensed plumber – such as those at Mr Emergency – to ensure any stubborn clogs are removed and pipes professionally repaired.
Installing New Flooring Over Old Flooring
Ripping up old flooring and starting from scratch is a chore most DIYers don’t want to take on, but covering up old flooring with new is a genuine risk.
Old flooring usually has existing damage, such as chips, stains and cracks. These imperfections can create small pockets where mould and mildew can grow and spread under the new floor.
Damaged flooring may also cause the new floor to wear prematurely, as it can sink into existing holes or jut out in odd places.
It might be time to call a professional to do the job properly.
Installing Kitchen Cabinets
Most people have heard the old adage “measure twice, cut once”, but do DIYers actually listen to this piece of wisdom?
When installing kitchen cabinets it might even pay to measure three or four times to ensure you get the numbers exact.
Miscalculate by even a centimetre and your renovation is ruined. If a cabinet doesn’t fit there’s no remedy other than starting again.
It can be a major home renovation fail. By this time you might be wishing you’d called a professional.