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Hands Off When It Comes to These Home Repair Projects

Your reasons for doing repairs yourself are clear enough: It saves money, makes for a fun hobby, and gives you a sense of pride in your own skills with a hammer, screwdriver, or paintbrush. But DIY has a dark side that few people talk about.
Many things could go wrong and lead to a trip to the emergency room. You could fall off a ladder or electrocute yourself, not to mention cut, slash, or stab your hands and feet using any number of power tools that are much more intense than you might think. Then there’s the risk of a botched job that does even more damage to your home.
However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t tackle something simple like replacing a leaky faucet or patching a hole in the drywall, but certain parts of the home or its systems are better left to the professionals. Here’s a quick walkthrough for each one.
One mistake when repairing the foundation could harm the integrity of your entire house, so hands off. In fact, it may take a structural engineer to properly …

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