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Here’s where things go wrong. To pull the rest of the ceiling down, I grabbed a chair and placed it over some of the trash on the floor to access the part I still needed to demo. Little did I know, the garbage was covering a hole in the floor where the heat register was. I get both feet on that chair, and it goes out from under me knocking me flat on my back.
The first thing my dad said was to ask if I was okay. I was. The second thing he said was, “Now, what did you learn?” Believe me, I haven’t made the same mistake twice. Big or small, keep your work site clean.
Rule 2 Don’t bite off more than you can chew
I get the desire to do it yourself. If you know what you’re doing, you can save yourself a few bucks, and have the satisfaction of doing the project on your own. There are a lot of good DIY projects a homeowner should have the capability to take on.
Your finishes are a pretty good first step. You could handle your own drywall repair, painting, staining, and minor tile work. If you make a mistake here, you’ll typically only have to live with a few ugly cosmetic choices, but the structure of your home will still be sound.
My advice would be to stay away from jobs that require a permit. Your HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and major structure stuff should be left to the pros. If you screw up one of these jobs, your home could become a danger to your health and safety.
No matter the scope of the work, if you don’t feel confident in doing the job — hire a pro to do it right.
Rule 3 Always keep safety top of mind