DIY Hazards

Monday, May 30, 2011 - 7:05am

Tackling some home improvement projects yourself can be dangerous on both you and your wallet.

Many have learned the hard way.

Do-it-yourself projects can cost you physically and financially.

Angie Hicks founder of 'Angie's List' says it’s not always the smart option.

"People have tried to save money by doing things themselves and what ends up happening is they potentially get hurt or they ended up spending more money because they've done the project wrong"

Her website's more than happy to help you find a contractor.

She can show you what can go wrong if you don't know how to use a nail-gun or what your wall will look like, if, when hanging a shelf, you drive a nail through a water pipe.

If you insist on doing the job yourself she offers a few words of advice, starting with tools that can be difficult or dangerous.

"Because these are tools that professionals normally use and if you're not skilled to use them, you could potentially really hurt yourself…” Hicks continues…"…How much am I going to spend to hire a contractor versus buying the supplies and doing the project myself"

And, she says, always figure in how much longer it'll take you than the pro to actually finish a project.

Chris Clackum, NBC News.

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