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

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