Dads often have big to-do lists for projects around their home, ranging from replacing a doorknob to replacing screening on a porch. Some projects are easy, and some are more complicated. Complex projects aren’t inherently dangerous and can often prove rewarding to complete. However, there are some home improvement projects that you should never DIY due to safety concerns.
Many people think that painting is one of the easiest projects to DIY since it just involves some paint cans and brushes. However, before you can get to that fresh coat of paint, you may have to remove the old one. Most old paint is lead-based, and even after some remodels, forgotten areas like baseboards could still contain this poisonous product. Instead of removing old paint yourself, call a professional.
Bathrooms are one of the most used spaces in a house, so it makes sense that you want to make the area look better. Though it may seem like no big deal to change a light fixture or update a sink, doing so is sometimes dangerous. Plumbing and electricity are often very close together in bathrooms, so working on either by yourself can lead to flooding or even electrocution. It’s safer to leave the nitty-gritty of bathroom remodels to the professionals.
The right insulation can save you money on energy and keep your house more comfortable, so replacing it is just common sense. However, old insulation can contain asbestos, which may cause cancer when it’s re-exposed to air. Always call a professional to remove old insulation and keep them around for the new installation as well. While there are some differences between fiberglass and spray foam, both insulation options are great because they never require replacement when installed correctly. Let the professional finish their job so you never have to worry about it again.
Painting Kitchen Cabinets
You probably already know that you can’t tackle a whole kitchen remodel by yourself, but a paint job sounds easy. Redoing kitchen cabinets, though, isn’t just a paint job. Grease from cooking and the oil on our skin builds up on kitchen surfaces, including cabinets. Instead of just putting a new coat of paint on top of the existing grime, you’ll have to use a de-greaser and spray on an oil-based paint. For better, safer results, leave this job for the professionals too.
There can be a lot of pressure on dads to handle home improvement projects like painting, remodeling, and installing. However, there are some home improvement projects that you should never DIY. Instead, commit to projects that you know you can safely accomplish and call the professionals for everything else.