There are countless television shows that help you renovate your home. The pros come in inspect, tear things done and poof in a 30-minute renovation your bathroom is done. If it only was like that in the real world. Countless hours of “editing” get the television results you see, but doesn’t it look easy! That’s the point to the average homeowner; there are things you can do and things you need to call in a professional for. Making sure you know when to call is essential vs. standing in a foot of water in your basement and pardon the pun, realizing things are not going well.
Plan before you execute. Do you need permits? Do you know where things run inside the walls? Don’t just take a big hammer and start tearing things down, because you might be tearing down a load-bearing wall and look out your roof might come caving in. You are going to need some basic safety equipment. A hard hat will protect your head from falling debris. Safety glasses will protect your eyes. Work gloves will protect your hands and good work boots to protect your feet.
Most demolition will involve a lot of dust, so face masks or a respirator is essential too! Have a first aid kit available and know where to find it. Removing such items like insulation might cause you to scratch so long sleeves or coveralls might be in order as well. Now what about household mold or asbestos? If you suspect you have a significant mold issue or asbestos, do not disturb the areas that might contain the substance. Call in a professional to have the job done right.
Keep your mind focused on the task and most importantly keep pets and small children out of the dangerous work area. Both children and pets can cause dangerous distractions but what if a small child picks up your plugged-in saw? I shuddered that the possibilities. What we need to do is ensure that first we do no harm and that means keeping those who don’t belong in the work area out of the work area.
We have got many dangerous devices in the construction zone be safe not sorry, not only for yourself but others. Make sure to mark out the danger zone. Lock doors, but up signs or flagging tape so folks don’t enter the area. Nothing could be worse than forgetting to lock an entry door and someone taking one small step or quite possibly a giant leap to the ground below because the staircase is missing.
Now as you start to put things back together with carpet, tile, flooring and paint READ THE INSTRUCTIONS! Use proper glues or paints with well-ventilated areas; nothing could be more hazardous than a buildup of fumes ignited by a pilot light of the furnace or water heater. Wear proper equipment to protect yourself and should you become dizzy or light head get to fresh air immediately. Home renovations are often many projects we can do ourselves. With some planning, basic skills and reading instructions a do it yourself project might not lead to a call to 9-1-1 for assistance.