Brewer -- Illegal DIY -- 06-03-16

Don’t Try This at Home: Illegal DIY Projects

Home improvement projects are fun, provide a great sense of satisfaction, make your home better (tasteful ones, anyway), and can save you loads of money. But did you know that there are some projects that are illegal for you to attempt yourself? There’s lots of them, actually.

DIY Projects You Need A Professional For

It’s possible to break down these illegal projects into specific hazards for convenience sake, which is what we’ll do.

Fire, Explosion, Water Damage, & Electrocution

  • Changing range tops from gas to electric, or vice versa
  • Installing a new hot water tank
  • Installing a new (Not replacing) a light fixture
  • Repairing an HVAC system

Not only do utility companies frown upon people messing with their carefully installed infrastructure, they actively advice against it. It’s not unheard of for a home to blow up in the middle of the night even with professionally-installed gas equipment. Trying to configure a gas line yourself is a remarkably poor idea.

This goes for attempting repair on your HVAC system, installing a water heater, or attempting to configure new wiring in your home. These activities require special training and certification to make the work safe for the inhabitants. In other words: Don’t try it.

Structural Integrity

  • Installing a skylight
  • Knocking out a wall

Second up on the list is cutting into the structure of your home. That should be pretty easy to understand why it’s a bad idea. Weakening of the structure can cause some pretty nasty things to happen. Like the roof pancaking you while you sleep! This is another job for the professional only. Care must be taken to not take out a load-bearing wall or rip into a truss of the roof.

Bodily Harm

  • Pumping your septic tank
  • Replacing a garage door spring
  • Disturbing old insulation
  • Wildlife infestation removal

There are quite a few DIY projects that can be mortally dangerous without involving fire or electricity. Replacing a garage door spring, or disturbing old insulation are two of those. Garage door springs are wound incredibly tight and have the potential to inflict quite the injury. Disturbing old insulation can be particularly bad if it contains asbestos. And pumping your septic tank or removing wildlife (think cholera and rabies) is just a bad idea all-around for any number of unpleasant reasons. Call a professional.

At Brewer Refrigeration, we can help you with at least one of these issues: HVAC repair. So give us a call today if you’re in need of HVAC system servicing!

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