Before you lift a hammer, power up a drill or buckle up your tool belt, check out our ‘Top 5 DIY Disasters’ to avoid.
Some of the more common DIY accidents include spilling paint on the carpet or hammering a nail through a water pipe.
With professional builders and decorators sometimes quoting hundreds of pounds for jobs that seem relatively straightforward, some people believe they can tackle the majority of home improvements themselves. This can lead to DIY disaster!
But don’t be put off. Provided you’ve done the right preparation, got the right tools for the job and have checked your property insurance cover, you’ll be good to go. Don’t forget, DIY superstores often hold special offers and promotions, meaning that you could save money by taking on the work yourself.
- Smashing windows with a ladder – You can’t avoid using a ladder for some DIY projects. Take care when clearing out gutters for example, that you don’t break window glass in the process. Avoid smashing upstairs windows by correctly positioning your ladder before climbing up it.
- Drilling or cutting into electrical wires – Before you drill into the wall to put up that shelf, or hammer a nail in to hang a picture, use a wire and pipe detector to discover where the electrical cabling is in the walls. Damage to electrical wires can be costly to repair – not to mention dangerous.
- Splashing paint – One of the most common DIY disasters is spilling paint on carpets and furniture when decorating. Thoroughly prepare for your paint job by removing any furniture that might get damaged and covering everything (especially carpets) with old sheets. Carry and store pots of paint carefully, and banish pets and small children from the room when you’re ready to start!
- Drilling through pipes – Simply hanging a mirror in the bathroom could quickly become a disaster if you accidently drill through a water pipe. Avoid flooding your house by using a wire and pipe detector and your common sense when it comes to where pipes are likely to be.
- Flat pack frustrations – Most people come a cropper with flat pack furniture and can end up botching the construction because the instructions seem too complicated. Read and follow the instruction book carefully and take your time to assemble your new furniture. If you’ve built a shaky TV stand that can’t take the weight of your telly, it could result in a costly accident.
Undertaking some of the more involved DIY projects, like structural changes to the building, could invalidate any insurance if the work isn’t completed by a professional.
Whatever needs fixing or updating, remember to put safety first.