Five Common DIY Mistakes to Avoid

By: Matt D'Alesio

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DIY Mistake #1: Biting Off More than You Can Chew

At one time or another, every DIYer has started a job with too much enthusiasm and visions of the finished project dancing in their head. It’s easy to underestimate the size of the task in front of you and start a project that requires more time or skill than you can handle.

How To Avoid This Mistake – Start small, don’t try to plaster the walls of an entire room if you’ve never patched a hole in a wall. Don’t try to wire a new plug if you’ve never even replaced a fuse before.

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  • Denise Seherr-Thoss Says:
    January 11th, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    I have a slow draining sewer. I had a plumber come out with a camera. He ran a camera and then he ran a sewer augher down the drain. It almost got stuck but it did come out. He called his supervisor to come and look. His supervisor said run a smaller blade down. He did. Then I heard him call his boss that it broke off in the sewer. I ask him if I could see the big blade (the first one he used) he could not find it anywhere. Then he said maybe he didn’t change it. I said you told your boss you did because I heard you on the phone telling him “yes I made sure I had it real tight”. Then he said to me I have short term memory loss, I’ve had 14 concussions but it doesn’t affect my job. He said the blade would wash on through the pipe. I don’t see that happening since the sewer lines are old and collapsing. They said I needed the whole outside sewer replaced. I have called the BOSS to see if they could run a magnet down to get the blade out. they said no. I live by myself and I have no drain issues until I have a lot of company at once. With everyone taking showers in the morning the water wont drain fast. I am NOT putting any paper in the sewer because I’m afraid it will all catch on the blade that fell off in there. Its winter and the ground is frozen. They quoted me 13000.00 to fix it. I am waiting for spring for the ground to thaw. Then they said it would be around 6500.00 Since the plumber lied to his boss and did not follow instruction and the blade broke off aren’t they responsible I can get by until spring but it irks me to have to put all the toilet paper in a bag (nasty) Please advise Thank you in advance.


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