Home improvement projects can be exciting to complete as you look towards the finished project and see the transformation take place in your mind. In between the picture of your mind and its realization can be a large number of safety hazards to get into the way.
Before you get your Albert Einstein hairstyle through electrocution, water-boarded by your kitchen sink, or go bungee jumping off of your roof there are a few precautions you should take.
Improvement projects can take a variety of forms and will almost always involve the use of electricity. If you are the bravest of men and are willing to try any repair once it may be time to try your hand at patience when working on anything involving the use of electricity.
A common home project is the installation of accent lights which are used to add soft lights to dark places, sometimes completely changing the tone of a room. Anytime you have to tie into the electric of your home extra caution must be exercised. A definite no-go is to work with live wires with no regard to the potential hazards you may endure as a result.
Before you embark on any electrical assemblages get a qualified electrician to both advise and oversee or to perform the connection of the electrical components. At a minimum, turn off all the possible breakers to your supply side before thinking of touching any bare wires.
If you are going to spice up your yard with some fountains, a sprinkler system, or a backyard pool, do not start off thinking that you are about to perform an easy task. There are plenty of times when you will need to paint or fiddle with something electric in your home, but working with plumbing is a much less frequent occurrence.
Water is not complicated, but it is not simple either. Connecting to the water requires a basic understanding of plumbing, the plans for your house, and how to tie into the water without making a mess. Every home has a main shut off valve, and you have to turn it off for any connection of any kind when you are tying into a supply side of the system.
Upper Level Projects
Anytime you have to get off of the ground to modify your home you have to have an elevated sense of safety. Roofs are not the safest place in the world and the worst way to find out is through personal experience. If you are cleaning the gutters, installing an antenna or replacing a shingle you want to take safety precautions.
Have a second person around for assistance in getting tools up the ladder or fetching items you may need. Reduce the number of times you will need to go up and down the ladder as best you can.
A good tip for any repairs on the upper levels of the house is to wear shoes with a sole that will grip the particular roof that you have. The underlayment of roofs can rot creating weak points.
To prevent falling through your ceiling, step lightly for sure footing and be careful not to be surprised by weak plywood. Most roofs have electricity passing over them at some point to provide power to the house, avoid them as best you can.
Safety does not always mean taking drastic measures. The best safety is implemented when you acknowledge that there are things you do not know, and you ask for help.
There are qualified technicians that are happy to advise you on the particular needs you may have. A simple call from the phone book or research online will help you get started. Ultimately, it is up to you to care about your personal safety.
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