Home Im­prove­ments

We're all for rolling up our sleeves to save money but some­times it’s best to leave it to a pro­fes­sional

Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Home - BY LISA MARIE CONKLIN


Choos­ing the per­fect colour is the least of your prob­lems if you’re plan­ning on paint­ing your own kitchen cab­i­nets. “Paint­ing kitchen cab­i­nets is a lot trick­ier than a bed­room dresser,” says build­ing con­trac­tor Newell Slade. “Of­ten there is a build-up of cook­ing grease and fin­ger oils on the sur­face of the wood. Prep means ex­ten­sive clean­ing with a de­greas­ing agent and us­ing oil­based paint fed through a sprayer.”


Pour­ing in some drain cleaner didn’t get the wa­ter flow­ing again – but it’s clear the pipe under the sink is clogged. How­ever, if you don’t have prior ex­pe­ri­ence with dis­man­tling and re­assem­bling pipes, you’re best to leave this job to a plumber. “Pipes are com­plex and very tricky to re­assem­ble,” says plumb­ing ex­pert Doyle James.


Hir­ing a pro to in­stall your new dish­washer is def­i­nitely worth the money. “You may have to drill into a cabi­net for the wa­ter lines, po­si­tion the electric lines and more.”


This is­sue is some­times eas­ily fixed. Re­mov­ing the aer­a­tor and clean­ing out the gunk may do the trick, but if it doesn’t, then call in the pros. “You could have a frac­tured pipe, eroded wa­ter line or wa­ter leak in the sys­tem,” says James.


In­stalling light fix­tures may seem easy, but a lot can go wrong. “There’s a real pos­si­bil­ity of get­ting an electric shock,” says con­struc­tion ex­pert Jesse Fowler. “Safety and fire con­cerns make elec­tri­cal DIY projects a bad idea.” In ad­di­tion, wiring any­thing in­cor­rectly can lead to more costly re­pairs.

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