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Five Household Tasks to Contract Out

I recently asked you who your handyman is and which tasks around the house you undertake yourself, and which ones you designate to others. Not surprisingly, you're a talented bunch, and some of you cited that you sign up for tasks like installing dishwashers and light fixtures, sanding, plastering, building window shades from scratch, and refinishing furniture. But, according to Popular Mechanics, there are some DIYs that should be left to professionals. To hear which tasks you should avoid and why,


  • Electrical work, particularly "extending existing electrical circuits or adding new ones," should be left to specialists, because it can result in electric shock or fire if attempted by an inexperienced DIYer.
  • Plumbing, particularly attempting to "modify a home’s water-supply lines or hot-water heating system," could result in flood or fire.
  • Tree cutting, in all forms, can put you and nearby property at risk (think sliced flesh and fallen limbs).
  • Unless you're roofing a dog house, the risk of falling involved in roofing is too great.
  • Removing walls without knowledge of your building's structure (load-bearing walls) can cause floors and roofs to come crashing down. Let's just say the neighbors will not love you.

Read the Popular Mechanics article for more details.

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