Why I don’t DIY ~ The Dangers

Why I don’t DIY I hear you ask? Well it’s simple, I am a walking hazard on my own. I seem to have the gift of two left hands and can’t seem to DIY to save my life. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to do a little DIY to feel that accomplishment of doing it yourself.

The biggest and smallest DIY I have ever attempted is building the furniture in my apartment. The biggest danger I have ever posed on myself was bringing a hammer down too quickly on my pinky. Yes ouch! it hurt like a mother load of something else that’s why I don’t DIY.

For those who love to DIY, I thought I share some of the dangers of DIY. Granted there is no comparable feeling to building something yourself as opposed to having someone do it for you. But it is also equally important to remember that dangers exist and have precautions in place to avoid them.

why I don't DIY

Why I don’t DIY ~ DIY Dangers

Back in the day, many homes were built and filled with asbestos roofing and lead containing paints. Though banned, there are older homes that still contain these dangerous chemicals. DIY’ing your home is such an exciting project, if your home contains these dangerous chemicals, precaution is required.

These chemicals are airborne toxins that can enter your lungs without proper protection and cause respiratory issues. Lead paints and asbestos are linked to many cancers which many people are still seeking compensation for.

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Volatile organic compounds in paints, adhesives and cleaning products can cause cardiovascular problems like arrhythmias. Certain solvents in paints and oils can also cause skin irritation. The dangers of DIY’ing are many but it does not mean they can not be prevented.

Roofing even with the right products (asbestos free products) can cause a danger to you. Whilst on the roof, you could misstep and that could lead you to fall. Precaution should always be taken to ensure your safety.

Electrical wiring is another danger, unless you’re a qualified person to handle electrical wiring in your home I would leave it to the professionals. It’s better to be safe than sorry, you want to actually live in your DIY’d home not die before it’s finished.

There are many reasons why I don’t DIY but the above are just some of the few reasons. Don’t get me wrong,  I am not saying do not DIY some home improvements but be careful or call in the professionals.

what do you think of my reasons for why I do not DIY? Do you like to DIY’ing in your home?

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  1. December 22, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    I love a bit of DIY but I agree it’s sensible to know your limits. I always google everything first, and watch some YouTube vids. If it looks like it should be done by an expert, I let an expert do it!

    • January 7, 2017 / 12:06 pm

      I think that’s the best way forward, there are many DIY’s we can do ourselves but since I am a clats I stay clear of any DIY lol

  2. December 11, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    Oh absolutely I steer clear of them too as you said we all have different skin types

  3. December 6, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Definetely some great points to keep in mind. Im not a DIY’er for home remodels but i do love diy crafts.

    • December 11, 2016 / 8:03 pm

      I have never done a DIY craft before would love to try one day

  4. December 6, 2016 / 11:29 am

    ALL TRUE. I do not DIY. Not anything. I will spend money to have someone do it for me LOL

    • December 11, 2016 / 8:03 pm

      I second that

  5. Kira L Curtis
    December 6, 2016 / 1:15 am

    This is all so true. Plus if you got me even attempting to do most of these, I’d be a danger to myself :’)

    • December 11, 2016 / 8:02 pm

      Thanks and me too

  6. December 5, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    Oh wow! I have never thought of the dangers before. I am kind of a Bull at a Gate & just jump in there and get it done without thinking haha!

    • December 11, 2016 / 8:02 pm

      Never heard of that expression before “bull at a gate”

  7. December 5, 2016 / 7:32 pm

    I really admire those that DIY as it is an impressive and, as you note, a dangerous job! I am neither skilled enough nor brave enough. These are some important points to consider for sure.

    • December 11, 2016 / 8:01 pm

      I know what you mean and agree completely

  8. Emily
    December 5, 2016 / 10:39 am

    Having had my fair share of DIY disasters I stick to the basic jobs like hanging pictures and painting. The idea of DIY electrical or gas work just terrifies me!

    • December 11, 2016 / 8:00 pm

      Hanging pictures oh I am all there lol

  9. December 5, 2016 / 10:10 am

    I never DIY myself but I really want to when I get my first house 🙂 This is an interesting post! x

    • December 11, 2016 / 7:59 pm

      Glad you liked it, I want to try decorating than anything DIY for my first house

  10. December 4, 2016 / 11:02 pm

    I like DIY for simple things. I am usually useless at anything major anyway.

    • December 11, 2016 / 7:58 pm

      I am pretty useless with DIY too

  11. December 4, 2016 / 9:03 pm

    I love doing DIY stuff! I redecorated my entire bedroom myself, including stripping the wallpaper and assembling furniture but there are some things I definitely wouldn’t do!

    • December 11, 2016 / 7:58 pm

      Oh wow you did some great work there

  12. December 4, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    I can do things like painting but other more complex stuff I will let professionals do because its easier and safer.

    • December 11, 2016 / 7:57 pm

      Exactly simpler ones can be done provided you do them safely and know what you’re doing

  13. December 4, 2016 / 6:35 pm

    There are certain jobs where you can save money to DIY – like with painting etc. But there are definitely other jobs that should be left to the pros!

    • December 11, 2016 / 7:56 pm

      Oh absolutely I agree

  14. December 4, 2016 / 6:06 pm

    I don’t DIY in my house either, must easier and safer to pay a professional to come and do it! x

    • December 11, 2016 / 7:56 pm

      Oh absolutely and it’s worth to attempt and ruin it then pay more than to pay the first time round

  15. Beautyqueenuk
    December 4, 2016 / 5:01 pm

    I do the simple stuff but anything major then I am on the phone to my dad to help!

    • December 11, 2016 / 7:56 pm

      Hahaha that’s very wise

  16. December 4, 2016 / 4:49 pm

    I like to DIY but I on;y do simple projects!! I would love to be able to do one big project though!

    • December 11, 2016 / 7:55 pm

      What kind of big project do you have in mind?

  17. December 4, 2016 / 10:53 am

    I don’t mind small projects but I am not very good with most DIY jobs. I guess I need more practice.

    • December 11, 2016 / 7:55 pm

      Small non dangerous DIYs I can try but otherwise I leave them to the professionals

  18. Christina Aliperti
    December 4, 2016 / 6:35 am

    When I say DIY I am referring to simple decor and craft projects, lol. I am way too scared to DIY my home on a bigger level, I’m clueless!

    • December 11, 2016 / 7:54 pm

      Hahaha I am with you on that

  19. December 3, 2016 / 11:19 pm

    To be honest I don’t DIY either because I don’t know what I am doing. I am lucky though because my dad used to be a builder so helps with plastering and things like that

    • December 11, 2016 / 7:54 pm

      How Lucy indeed as it can be a scary thing to attempt is you don’t know what you’re doing

  20. December 3, 2016 / 11:06 pm

    DIY, especially with in the home can be scary! I wouldn’t want to mess with things like plumbing or electrical, for sure! So I completely get this!

    • December 11, 2016 / 7:53 pm

      Neither would I but it’s amazing how many people attempt it

  21. Hannah Latoya Bond
    December 3, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    I work in a DIY store and I often come across people who think they know how to do the job but don’t. These sorts of people are dangerous and shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near it. I once sold drywall screws to this guy who wanted screws for plasterboard. When he got the box he said to me where on the box does it say its for plasterboard. He clearly had no idea what drywall/plasterboard meant. The customer behind him couldn’t believe how stupid he was. These sorts of people think they know how to do the job but end up messing it up. Don’t even get me started on power tools or DIYers trying to do plumbing or electrics. It’s because of people like them tradesmen get lots of work x

    • December 11, 2016 / 7:53 pm

      I can’t even imagine as I have no knowledge or clue how to begin so I would rather the professionals did the work

  22. Nayna Kanabar
    December 3, 2016 / 9:30 pm

    I do some Diy but leave the major tasks to the professionals.

    • December 11, 2016 / 7:51 pm

      That’s very wise and sensible

  23. Rebecca Swenor
    December 3, 2016 / 8:15 pm

    These are great dangerous reasons to not do DIY projects in your home. I however love to do the DIY projects around the house but if I don’t think I can do it I will hind help from a friend. Thanks for sharing the dangers of DIY projects.

    • December 11, 2016 / 7:51 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Rebecca and yes what we can’t handle or are not equipped to do we should avoid

  24. Ave T
    December 3, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    I like to DIY’ing in my home but I only tackle small and safe projects. Usually the bigger works are done by professionals.

    • December 11, 2016 / 7:50 pm

      That’s good I would do the same just to be on the safe side

  25. ♥Nancy♥
    December 3, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    I never even thought of these dangers of DIY and I’m so glad you brought them to my attention. My sister is in the midst of rehabbing a very old home. Mesothelioma is scary. I used to work in the cancer center at the Cleveland Clinic and it can happen to anyone. It’s not something that occurs through unhealthy life choices – like smoking.

    • December 11, 2016 / 7:50 pm

      Exactly these types of cancers like any cancer are scary to begin with and wouldn’t want to do anything to accelerate them happening

  26. Hello Beautiful Bear
    December 3, 2016 / 5:25 pm

    I agree, all of those things should definitely be left to the professionals! I love DIY but my Partner is faster at that sort of thing so does most of it in our home although I’m the painter/decorater! x x

    • December 11, 2016 / 7:48 pm

      I think if you know what you’re doing and take precautions it can be done otherwise I rather prefer to leave it to the professionals

  27. Jo Wiggins
    December 3, 2016 / 2:59 pm

    I’m useless at DIY, so is my husband, we get the professionals in if we need anything doing.

    • December 11, 2016 / 7:47 pm

      That’s sensible I would too lol

  28. Elodie
    December 3, 2016 / 2:18 pm

    I do love a bit of DIY, but I won’t go as far as touching anything major like pluming or electrics. I draw the line at refurbishing furniture and painting walls. Ha!

    • December 11, 2016 / 7:47 pm

      Oh that’s good I am not good at the furniture nor painting walls so I avoid those too lol

  29. http://tiarastanntrums.com
    December 3, 2016 / 4:26 am

    I’m all about DIY! I grew up on a farm – we were born to DIY everything! I only call people in to fix my car!

    • December 3, 2016 / 8:52 am

      Oh wow really! That’s amazing, I do hope you guys take precaution when you DIY

  30. Hayley
    December 3, 2016 / 12:30 am

    I’m so accident prone, DIY is definitely something I avoid!

    • December 3, 2016 / 8:52 am

      Hahahaha I am with you on that

  31. Pam
    December 2, 2016 / 9:44 pm

    There are some things that I don’t DIY! You never know what you could be getting into, especially in an old house.

    • December 3, 2016 / 8:52 am

      Exactly, especially in old houses where many now banned chemicals and products where used

  32. Candy Kage
    December 2, 2016 / 6:14 pm

    Totally agree. When it comes to the big construction, demolish, paint and rebuild I like to leave it up to the experts. I’ll stick to decorating after they are done.

    • December 3, 2016 / 8:51 am

      That’s awesome, I love to give my hand at decorating after all the big projects had been done

  33. Doria Miyata Murphy
    December 2, 2016 / 5:31 pm

    I agree, I think it’s important to keep in mind that some things require certified professionals for a reason! Small little cosmetic projects? Sure, maybe. Electrical or chemical? Not for me!

    • December 3, 2016 / 8:51 am

      Absolutely, small DIYs we can certainly do provided they are not a danger to us and our health

  34. Shannon Graham
    December 2, 2016 / 4:10 pm

    You’re so right that these dangers exist! When my husband and I work on our wood furniture pieces for customers, we wear face masks. It seems like overkill but some of the things we have to use such as lacquer, has a very strong odor.

    • December 3, 2016 / 8:50 am

      Glad you guys take precautions as many people do not realise the dangers or what they are exposing themselves to

  35. Alli Smith
    December 2, 2016 / 12:52 pm

    I like to DIY crafts, etc, but home renovations are best left to the experts. I stay totally away from stuff like that.

    • December 3, 2016 / 8:49 am

      I love your DIY projects, there are always fun and easy to follow

  36. December 2, 2016 / 11:26 am

    I am totally going to remember this next time someone asks me to do some DIY (OK I’m rubbish at it no one asks me) but you know just in case 😉 lol x

    • December 3, 2016 / 8:49 am

      Hahahaha lol just in case

  37. December 2, 2016 / 9:13 am

    I really like doing little DIY’s liking painting mason jars and stuff like that but I would never try to do a home renovation DIY. I know me and I’m not a craftsmen in the slightest (I’m also super clumsy!).

    • December 3, 2016 / 8:49 am

      I would love to attempt mason jar painting and decorating but agreed home renovations are not my cup of tea. Atleast not now

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