Do-it-yourself repairs are certainly not new. Home and garden shows and networks (HGTV and The DYI Network) have glamorized being handy. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, however, in an effort to save money, the DYI option could backfire. Some projects could actually cost additional time and may be more headache or/and danger to your personal health and safety.
Here are 3 areas home owners should call in the professionals.
- ANYTHING plumbing that pertains to Potable (sanitary) water and the waste lines (AKA – Sewer System). Your plumbing system distributes safe drinking water. You also use this water to prepare food. Complex pressurized water systems can include welding (copper pipes) and special pipe-fitting. Once the water is used it must be discarded. Waste line repairs are not only yucky but in some jurisdictions may be subject to municipal inspections and/or permitting. Leave repairs to your main plumbing system to a Pro.
- ANYTHING electrical. This is a HUGE no-no zone to the DYI expert. It’s true, electrical work seems rather simple on the surface. Caution! – Things can get dangerous and complicated quickly. So if you find yourself standing in front of an open panel of wires wondering which one connects where you should STOP and leave the electrical repairs to a Pro.
- Garage Door Repairs. This is the largest moving object in your home. Garage doors are heavy and cumbersome, most have complicated springs, cables and pulleys are under extreme tension. Serious injury can occur if you either deliberately or accidentally loosen or remove the wrong part. It’s OK to maintain safe operation of the door, but leave garage door repairs to a Pro.
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For Pros Only!
Check out this example of the type repair you’ll want to leave to a Garage Door Repair Professional!
A few notables with respect to this video:
- the springs (right and left) are not the same size
- one side is “torqued” or tightened more than the other
- when balanced the door should not move up or down [on its own] when operated manually
- the most common grade of torsion springs have an expected life of about 10,000 cycles (yes, they wear out)
- energy supplied by the springs is 563 foot-pounds; that’s like throwing a 50-lb sack of cement up a 11-foot flight of stairs. Or catching a 50-lb sack of cement dropped from 11 feet up
Thank you Richard Kinch for some of the above data, who said:
This work is risky, but the risk is comparable to doing your own car repairs, or climbing on the roof of your house to clean your gutters. These are dangerous things that many people can do safely, but that safety depends on intelligent understanding and application of proper techniques.
But I say…leave this one to the Pros!
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