Do-it-yourself projects gain popularity every year. More and more people are heading to their local big-box home improvement stores and becoming weekend warriors. Why? It’s partly because we’re more money conscious, and partly because there are so many videos and blogs available to teach us how to do whatever it is we want to tackle. But, is it always a good idea to DIY if we feel confident? That’s the topic of conversation on this week’s Beer & Bros. podcast.
We’re all capable of doing minor home improvement and automotive repairs, but there’s a point when we should call in the pros. What seems like a simple job, say changing a light switch, could have disastrous consequences if a wire is put in the wrong place, or worse, if the wire breaks in the wall.
Dan and Lyle both consider themselves to be handy, Dan more so under the hood, and Lyle under the roof. During the course of the discussion the two talk about many of the jobs they’ve completed – and a few that didn’t quite turn out right.
As there are plenty of tutorials online telling us how to do this and that, there are also plenty of websites warning against certain DIY projects. Turns out, though, a good number of the items on their lists are actually pretty simple. Here are some from a list on Realtor.com:
Molding – whether it’s baseboards or crown molding, the lines never seem to be as straight as the edges of the wood. Professionals have different techniques and tools to help them make the edges match up.
Electrical Work – change an outlet, install a dimmer – be careful. Not only is electricity dangerous to you, if done improperly it can cost you your house.
Tiling – with the right tools and careful prep work, laying tile is not a huge undertaking.
Roofing – just don’t.
Listen to the show to find out what projects the hosts have tried, and what kind of mistakes were made. Hit play.