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How to Decide When to DIY and When to Hire a Professional

 DIY projects can be a great way to improve your home and save money, but it can be hard to decide what projects are good to DIY and what’s better handled by professionals. Here’s some factors that can help you make that decision next time you’re considering DIY-ing your home.

Time and Patience
Do you have the time and patience to dedicate to this scale project? Even if you have the knowledge to complete it well yourself, it might not be worth it depending on what else you’ve got going on. If you can only devote a small amount of time each day to the project and it would end up taking weeks, it might be better to hire a professional. On the other hand, if you’ve got plenty of time to commit to a project or don’t mind the long timeline, go ahead and DIY!

Know-How
Are you familiar with this kind of project? How much time will it take you to learn any new skills needed, and do you feel confident in your ability to learn them sufficiently? Some projects are easy to learn via internet tutorials, while others are best left to professionals trained in that field.

Cost
Get a quote from a professional and see the cost difference between hiring and doing it yourself. Consider whether it’s worth it to you to save money vs time and effort.

Consequence of Mistakes
What happens if you make a mistake? Would it be dangerous or cause damage to your house? If the consequences are more than just visual effect, it might be better to hire. Another factor to consider here is the value of your home. If you’re thinking of selling anytime soon, any small errors can be a turn-off for potential buyers.

Enjoyability
Do home renovation projects seem like more of a chore or a fun activity to you? Do you take pride in seeing the finished project that you completed yourself? If so, DIY may be the way to go, even if it takes more time and effort to learn how to do something and fix any mistakes you make.

Permits
Does this job require a permit? These can be a hassle to obtain on your own, and may be a sign that this level of work is most safely done by professionals with specialized knowledge.

Safety
Can you safely do the work yourself, or is it best to hire a contractor for safety reasons?

Do Dogs Make Us Better It's long been said that dogs are man's best friend. But are they more than just cute faces to fawn over and soft fur to pet? Science says they are–here's a few science-based benefits of owning a dog.

  • Dogs relieve stress. You might have guessed this one because of the existence of therapy dogs, but studies have proved that playing with petting a familiar dog counteracts the physical effects of stress. It can lower blood pressure and heart rate, slow breathing, and relax muscle tension.
  • Dogs are good for your heart health. Stress is a major cause of cardiovascular problems, so the stress-relieving bond between dogs and humans can lower people's risk for heart-related health issues.
  • Dogs make us more social. They can help us connect with neighbors out on walks or make new friends at the dog park. Studies have shown that young adults who grow up with a dog become more confident and empathetic.
  • Dogs keep you in shape. Dog owners are more likely to engage in regular moderate physical activity than non-dog owners. All those walks do more for your health than you realize!
  • Dogs help your immune system. Being around pet fur and dandruff can strengthen dog owners' immune systems, and children who are raised with a dog are less likely to develop allergies.
  • Dogs make us happy. Just looking into your dog's eyes has been shown to raise your oxytocin, or "love hormone," levels. Owning a dog can even alleviate symptoms of depression, especially for older adults.
  • Dogs can help keep people safe and healthy. With their heightened sense of hearing and smell, dogs can alert us to possible dangers we might not notice at first. This can include anything from dogs' barking deterring home intruders to service dogs detecting seizures, cancer, blood sugar highs/lows, and more.
  • A dog can make you more attractive. Seriously! In a UK study that surveyed 700 people, 60% said that owning a dog can make people seem more attractive, and 85% said people with dogs are more approachable. Who knew your dog could be such a good wingman?

Most dog owners don't need convincing of the merits of being around dogs, but if you still have any doubts, come visit Roscoe at our store! He'll be happy to see you, and he's guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

PVC pipes are incredibly versatile. You don’t have to look hard to find hundreds of creative ways to use them. We’ve compiled some of our favorite PVC hacks and project ideas here — just click the links for in-depth instructions on each one!

Tool Organizer

PVC pipe can be utilized in many ways to clear up your garage or shed space.

PVC Pipe Tool Organizer
For this garden tool organizer, check out Newly Woodwards.

DIY Drill Lock

Family Handyman has a great tutorial for this drill dock.

PVC Drill Dock

 

Organizer with Lid

To store small odds and ends, cut a pipe to get the right length and diameter, glue one end cap in place, and label the pipe with whatever you want to store in it. This tip is from Tom Richardson on Family Handyman.

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Tomato Cages

PVC pipes make great tomato cages and can be broken down for easier storage in the winter months.

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Here's tutorials from Tom Matkey and Instructables.

Shovel Grip

Get a better grip on a straight-handled shovel or other tool by epoxying a 1-in. PVC tee to the end of the handle.

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Move Heavy Objects

Move heavy objects. Use 3 PVC pipes to easily move heavy objects, from rocks to hot tubs to sheds. Family Handyman details how to do this, as well as other tips for moving heavy objects.

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Instructions available at Family Handyman.

Fishing Rod Rack

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Family Handyman and BD Outdoors have great tutorials for this project.

Soccer Goal

PVC pipes make a great soccer goal for at-home practice.

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Find instructions at Six Sisters Stuff.

Long-reach Vacuum

Family Handyman gives the idea to use PVC pipe as a vacuum-hose extender to reach high or narrow spots. You can use rubber 'reducer' couplings, also found in the plumbing aisle, to connect your vacuum hose to different size pipe.

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Planter

PVC pipes make great planters for succulents, herbs, flowers, or other plants. 

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Check out these planters at Leigh Laurel Studios.

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Copper PVC Wall Planter instructions available at Craft Bits.

Backyard Movie Screen

You can use PVC pipe to make a screen to project movies onto for a fun outdoor summer activity.

PVC Backyard Movie Screen
Find instructions by At Charlotte's House.

Decor DIY projects

A little innovation and some spray paint can totally transform PVC pipe into amazing design projects.

PVC Projects
DIY Vases from Modge Podge Rocks.

 

PVC Craft Project
DIY wreath instructions are available at A Beautiful Mess.

 

This a just a sampling of all the ways you can use PVC pipe. There's no limit to the things you can make, so get those creative juices flowing. Hope these project ideas serve as a starting point or good inspiration for your next DIY project!