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Your space is your home, so of course you want to update an item here and spruce up an area there. But just because you want a change, doesn’t mean you should do it yourself. In fact, there are certain things you should never attempt on your own, because you could literally die. And if it won’t kill you, it will turn a simple task for a trained professional into a DIY nightmare. So, in the interest of staying alive and saving time and money, please never do these home improvements yourself:

DO NOT TEAR DOWN A WALL

Walls are complex. Sure, they seem simple, but you don’t know everything about a wall when you look at one. It could be hiding electrical, it could be hiding piping and it could very well be a load bearing wall. You could try having a conversation with the wall, but like, that’s crazy. If you’re not an electrician, a plumber or a contractor, do not tear down your own walls. Ask the Builder lays it out for you: “A cleverly placed bearing wall can be as dangerous as a stealth bomber. Remove one without adequate re-support and all sorts of things may drop on you.” Do you want “things” falling on you? And do you want these mystery “things” to weigh a ton or carry an electrical current, so when they fall on you they literally kill you dead? No, you don’t. Do not tear down your own walls.

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DO NOT REMOVE YOUR OWN TREES

Okay, so we’re not talking like teeny, decorative trees here. We mean a maple tree or an oak or something large and in charge. If you need to remove a sapling, that’s fine. But do not remove your own full-sized adult trees. That’s totally crazy and you will no doubt injure yourself. In fact, you will probably die. Why? Well, because there are a number of dangerous ways to hurt yourself or die while cutting down full-sized trees. First, you gotta climb those suckers, so if you’re not rigging yourself in properly, you’re five seconds from a bunch of crushed bones. Secondly, the tools required are heavy, cumbersome and there are a lot of them. Are you particularly learned in dangling from a tree whilst wielding heavy and dangerously sharp objects? Probably not. Do not cut down your own trees.

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DO NOT FIX FAULTY WIRING ON YOUR OWN

There are just so many things that could go wrong with this one. You are not an electrician, and even though you’ve watched a YouTube video, it’s not actual training. Wiring is buried behind walls and in ceilings. So, if you attempt to “fix” faulty wiring and you don’t do it right, you won’t see it after you patch up your holes and call it a day. You know what bad wiring can do to your house? It could set it ablaze or electrocute you. Like, think about it: One day, you’re being a “nice person” by “rewiring” your house, and then the next day you’re standing on the lawn watching your entire home engulfed in flames. Or maybe you won’t get out on time? Because you were sleeping? Because you were tired from “fixing the wiring.” Do not handle your own big electrical problems.

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DO NOT REPAIR YOUR ROOF

You know what accounted for 1/3 of construction-related fatalities between 1992 and 2009? Ding, ding, ding! It’s people falling off a roof. Also, there were 1,465 roof-related injuries claimed for in 2013 in British Columbia alone. That’s a lot of dead and injured people, but what’s most significant is that these were trained professionals. Which, just goes to show you, that no one is safe. And if anyone is safer, it’s a trained construction worker who specializes in roofing. Accidents happen, yes, but why risk it? Do not repair your roof.

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DO NOT MESS AROUND WITH YOUR PLUMBING

Plumbing isn’t easy, even if you do pretend you are a plumber by showing off your plumber’s butt. If you don’t seal or screw things properly (or if you just don’t know what the heck you’re doing and started hammering and screwing with abandon), seeping water from loose pipes could slowly trickle into walls of your home. And you know what excess moisture breeds? Mould. It’s an allergen, and it can make you sick. Do not do your own plumbing.

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Well, we hope you’ve learned a little bit today. ‘Cause really, if you don’t know what you’re doing and you’re not willing to go to school to learn, then it’s probably best to talk to someone who knows about your home repair problem. Who knows, it could save your life.

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