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Some DIY tasks should be left to the professionals

September 29, 2021

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However, whilst the internet is great for many things, especially for learning basic skills, some people have tackled jobs that really should be left to the professionals.

In a recent article published in the Mirror, a survey revealed that DIY tutorials on YouTube are causing ­people to attempt potentially dangerous jobs themselves.

Many people have been attempting to do some jobs such as installing domestic ­electrical equipment including sockets and switches however, it is important to remember that some of these jobs should only be done by registered and trained tradespeople.

A poll carried out by Toolstation found that 44% of those surveyed have taken on more challenging jobs during the past six months with just over half of respondents trying to install sockets and switches and 34% of people are trying their hand at doing their own plumbing work.

Upgrading or refitting a kitchen was attempted by 8% – which could prove lethal if they wrongly install a gas oven which by law must only be fitted by a registered gas engineer. Skilled DIY-ers can carry out wet plumbing, jobs such as electric and mixer shower fitting require a professional.

It is important to remember that many DIY jobs are safe to do yourself, however there are also a number of jobs which really do require qualified tradespeople in order for you to ensure that your home is safe.

The study also surveyed tradespeople and found that in the last six months more than half – 53% – had been called out to fix botched and potentially dangerous jobs that should be carried out by a qualified worker.

Ensure that you do DIY jobs which do not require work with electrical equipment or gas mains, any major structural changes also need to be made by a professional to ensure the health and well-being of your family. 

Below is a list of jobs which we recommend as DIY-Friendly Tasks, but remember if it is not on the list, it’s best to call a tradesperson.

Tasks which you can do yourself:

  • Ripping out old kitchens and bathrooms can be done as long as you are careful with the plumbing and electrics. Ensure that they are free of asbestos before you start.
  • Taking old ceilings down can be done easily enough
  • Another area is cutting insulation (PIR boards, for instance) to fit into the gaps between timbers in studwork (walls, roofs and so on)
  • All areas of insulating can be tried if you are using PIR boards, quilts or rolls. PPE is essential here
  • You could cut and fit plasterboard. Once you have got the hang of this, you could also try tackling the ceiling
  • Scraping off tile adhesive, old paint, removing skirting boards and architraves all can be done with little fuss
  • Taking deliveries and off-loading
  • Keeping the site tidy doesn’t sound like much but is essential. Everyone knows where everything is, there are no trip hazards, and there are nice clear areas for trades to work

With the Manus app, finding a tradesperson is easier than before. Download the app here (inser the link to IOS and Google Play), to find a fully verified and vetted tradesperson in your local area. 

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