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5 DIY Handyman jobs you should NOT DIY

KOS no handyman diyThe fact is, the biggest danger of DIY handiwork is that when not handled properly, the consequences are irreversible.

A lot of DIY home improvement projects should never happen while you're in a hurry and without a proper plan. Something as seemingly small and straightforward as forgetting to turn off the water main, using the wrong tools for the project or even just attempting to DIY repair a dishwasher or garbage disposal can result in massive flooding and water damage to your floors, walls, cabinets, and ceilings. Not to mention, the results of water mixing with electricity can be deadly.

A lot of people feel like because fixing a running toilet seems so simple, we forget how truly destructive, and devastating water damage can be. Add the electrical component, and you have a recipe for disaster.

Here are five handyman jobs that should be left to the pros:

  • Wiring - When you decide to work on projects that involve electrical wires, you run the risk of getting shocked or affecting the polarity of electrical wires.  You could lose power because of a surge or shorted outlets.
  • Plumbing - While some plumbing projects are simple, there are others that could cause leaks or breaks in the bathroom or kitchen. Even a small leak can lead to rot, mold or structural problems. Incorrectly performed plumbing work could also cause severe drainage issues and stoppage.
  • Permits - When it's time to make upgrades or remodels to your home's plumbing, electricity or structure, you may need a permit for it. While homeowners can obtain their permits, it's better to leave this to contractors who understand the permitting process and know the correct permits to get to pass inspections. If you work without a license or with incorrect permits, you could receive hefty fines from the city or county.
  • Installing a gas fueled appliance - Appliances that run on gas like water heaters, clothes dryers or ovens must be installed by a professional who is familiar with the proper fittings, connections, and detection of gas leaks. A single loose connection could result in a carbon monoxide leaks in your home or eventual sparks and eruptions.
  • Home Additions - Leave changes to the home's structural foundation to the pros. Walls may need to come down, wiring and plumbing will need to be properly extended, and procedure will need to be followed to ensure there are no leaks or other issues.

 

What Others Say About Kost Plumbing

We had Kost Plumbing come out on weeknight when we had no water and he fixed the problem THAT NIGHT! We were amazed at his great work ethic and honest prices that he will be our Plumber for Life!!

Susan J., Ocala, FL

I do now know where to start, your prices and plumbing expertise are exceptional. I also appreciate your deck building and carpenter skills, not to mention that outstanding kitchen remodel. With your card I do not need anybody's "List" or any "Referral Program". Keep up the good work!

Chuck F., Reddick, FL

Thank you so much for all the help and support you provided when we had that leak! I couldn't have asked for a better job or price and the fact that you got it fixed so quickly that we were able to keep up our busy schedules without hardly missing a beat was AWESOME!!! Thanks again.

John D., Citra, FL

Thomas has done numerous jobs for me, and his work is always exceptional. He is very dependable and is willing to go out of his way to make sure the job is done right. In my opinion you could not hire a more professional or honest person.

Barbara A., Ocala, FL

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