Do-it-yourself projects are fine but know when to cut your losses

When I was younger, my grandfather and my father provided me with invaluable knowledge about home ownership – most notably the endless array of do-it-yourself projects.

I consider myself fairly handy and willing to try just about any do-it-yourself projects, within reason, before picking up the phone to call the professionals.

I’ll admit there’s a certain feeling of gratification in knowing you’ve successfully completed a project and thus saved yourself a little cash is the process.

But there are just some things I should not attempt and that’s plumbing work. You’d think I’d have learned my lesson by now, especially given the fact that last year it took me two days to replace the faucet on my bathroom sink.

But pride often prevents us from stepping back and looking at a situation rationally and realistically. If I had, I wouldn’t be staring at an open hole in the wall where my bathtub spout used to be.

While it would be nice if we were all able to handle every situation life throws at us, it’s simply impossible. No matter how many YouTube videos you may watch.

We are all good at a handful of things and those are the things we should focus on. Some people just cannot bake, others have difficulty using computers and some of us should steer clear of the plumbing aisle.

There’s nothing wrong with trying something new, but it’s important to remember when it’s time to cut your losses – especially when it comes to do-it-yourself projects. Now it’s time for me to call in a plumber.