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10 Most Deadly DIY Projects

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10 Most Deadly DIY Projects

Home repair experts are home repair experts for a reason. Once you decide to take certain home repair jobs into your own hands, you run the risk of doing major damage to yourself and your home.


Learn which projects are safe to do for yourself and which DIFM projects you should leave in the hands of a trained professional when you read this guide to the 10 most deadly DIY projects.

  1. 1. Electrical wiring

    According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 280 Americans are killed in electrical fires each year. The group says that 1,000 people are injured. “Some of these fires are caused by electrical system failures, but many more are caused by incorrectly installed wiring and overloaded circuits and extension cords,” they say. Electricians go through lots of training to learn how to properly run and repair electrical wires in your home. Let them do what they do best and avoid serious injury to yourself and your family.

  2. 2. Gas line repair

    This is another chore that is best left in the hands of a trained professional. There are a lot of things that could go wrong if you don’t know what you are doing. One major reason this is true is because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is especially tricky because you can’t see it, feel it or smell it. “Many household items including gas- and oil-burning furnaces, portable generators and charcoal grills produce this poison gas,” says the Centers for Disease Control.

  3. 3. Asbestos removal

    Asbestos can sometimes be found in older homes. That’s because it has been proven to be a good insulator against cold and noise. However, it’s really toxic. Exposure to asbestos could cause some pretty serious health issues for you. There are laws that govern the way asbestos can be properly removed and disposed of – find a hazardous materials expert so that you can get rid of asbestos in your home the right way.

  4. 4. Mold removal

    If left unchecked, mold can take root and flourish in your home. If you find a lot of mold in your home – don’t try to remove it yourself. Excess amounts of mold can make you seriously sick. Also, if mold is growing unchecked in your home, you probably have an underlying problem with excess moisture that needs to be attended to by a plumbing professional. Spare your health and your house – call a pro.

  5. 5. Roof repair

    Does a tumble off your roof sound like fun to you? Because there is a long list of things I’d rather do. Even pros sustain serious injuries in roof falls. So, if you aren’t used to working while you are high up in the air, leave the job to roof repair specialists who have the know-how and the tools to do it right.

  7. 6. Garage door repair

    Your garage door is operated, in part, by giant and powerful springs that can be really dangerous to you. The springs require high tension to lift something as heavy as a garage door. Garage door experts have the right tools to properly adjust or fix those springs should your door stop working correctly. There are lots of other moving parts that make up your door that you should probably stay clear of, too.

  8. 7. Pipe repair

    Sometimes pipes burst or develop leaks. When this happens, you have to remove the damaged segment of pipe and replace it. Now, this isn’t the hardest job in the world – although it does require a bit of skill. The part that makes it potentially deadly is the fact that you have to operate a propane torch to do the job. If you don’t know how to use this piece of equipment, you could be seriously injured or even killed. Make sure you always wear gloves and goggles when operating a propane torch. Don’t ever try to use a match to ignite your torch. You should also always make sure to keep a fire extinguisher nearby when using a propane torch.

  9. 8. Removing load bearing walls

    Do you know how to read a blueprint? Have you studied to become a contractor or architect? If not, then you probably shouldn’t go around removing walls in your home willy-nilly. Removing the wrong wall compromises the structural integrity of your entire home. You put yourself and your family in serious danger. Demolition might sound like fun, but make sure you have an expert’s ok before you break out the sledgehammer.

  10. 9. Critter removal

    Nobody likes sharing their space with creepy crawlies like rats, raccoons or roaches – but you have to be careful when taking extermination efforts into your own hands. If you will be spreading out poison for your unwanted guests to eat, make sure to wear gloves when doing so. Never leave out poison when you have small children or pets in the vicinity. If you will be spraying chemicals to get rid of pests, make sure to keep the area well-ventilated and have your family clear out while you are spraying.

  11. 10. Tree work

    Like roof work, tree work can require you to climb high get the job done right. You may have to go up high to get rid of branches and limbs. Trying to fell a big tree can also be dangerous. Make sure you have at least one other person helping you when you attempt to do work on the trees on your property. If the prospect of scaling a big tree makes your nervous – call in a pro.

  12. Don’t let this list scare you. If there are parts of your home that are in repair, you’ve already come to the right place. can help you find the professionals you need to get the job done not just correctly, but safely. Just search for the job you need done and receive a price quote in no time.

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