Reasons to Avoid DIY This Bank Holiday
DIY experts are warning home owners to avoid or take serious precautions before undertaking any DIY tasks in the home this coming long weekend. DIY experts are warning that while a Homebase survey conducted last year suggests that Do It Yourself tasks such as replacing kitchens and bathrooms, installing new flooring or carrying out wood floor repairs are always popular activities over the course of the four-day Easter Bank Holiday weekend, they can also be very dangerous activities without the proper precautions.
Even simple tasks such as failing to put a shelf up properly can go wrong – the most common mistake being not using a spirit level while doing so – and while many mistakes are more embarrassing than life threatening, some can have far more serious consequences, such as drilling into a wall and failing to use a voltage detector, or at least checking the blueprint of all wiring in the house first. Less dangerous but potentially costly errors can also include unintentionally putting a nail through a water pipe.
“A lot of successful DIY jobs come down to the preparation,” says popular TV personality Tommy Walsh. “Before hammering, check where pipes are situated, before drilling use a voltage detector. It will of course take a bit longer to complete but when repair or hospital bills start coming through the door, you’ll wish you’d taken the time to do the job properly.”
DIY stores are traditionally very busy over the course of the Easter long weekend.