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DIY Plumbing Advice strives to provide you with plumbing and water information that is reliable, responsible, and free. The purpose of this site is to show YOU how to do it, not just to show an abbreviated video of how I did it.
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Doing it yourself is great. But, starting a do-it-yourself project and discovering half way through that you shouldn't have started it on your own is not.
I suggest NOT doing it yourself when:
I was recently interviewed by ICA School as part of their Expert Interview program. We talked about DIY plumbing, the most common mistakes made, what jobs can be tackled safely, and those to avoid. I also provide some resources for learning more about gaining skills so you can do your own DIY plumbing with confidence. Click here to read the interview and let me know what you think!
You'd be mad if a professional did these, so don't be tempted to do these common, yet poor DIY plumbing techniques. Don't let the D in DIY stand for "Damage!"
Visit Five Techniques to Avoid.
Many older homes may contain asbestos, often used for pipe insulation.
Review this page on the different types of asbestos and risks of asbestos exposure. Note the DIY House Renovation and Asbestos Exposure section. Though the page is Australian, most of the information applies anywhere.
Easy: Can be done successfully on the fist attempt without special skills; generally with household tools.
Medium: May require some practice or skill to do successfully. May require tools beyond common household tools, but available at most hardware or home center stores.
Hard: requires skills/knowledge or more extensive practice to compete successfully. May require specialized plumbing tools that are not readily available at most hardware stores or home centers
Expert: Requires specialized skills or knowledge to complete successfully and safely. In some cases the difficulty of the task may not be high, but the possibility of property damage or injury for an improperly completed task will put the task in this Expert category.