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17 DIY Projects That You Shouldn’t Take Up According To Home Improvement Experts

Planning to carry out home maintenance is truly an exciting and challenging task, but it is expensive at the same time. A simple plumbing task such as a leak repair or fallen gutter can alone cost you hundreds of dollars if not thousands, especially if you ignore the issue for far too long. So, it […]

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Planning to carry out home maintenance is truly an exciting and challenging task, but it is expensive at the same time. A simple plumbing task such as a leak repair or fallen gutter can alone cost you hundreds of dollars if not thousands, especially if you ignore the issue for far too long. So, it doesn’t really come off as a surprise that more and more homeowners are now deciding to carry out home repairs themselves as DIY projects. It not only saves them a ton of money, but also gives them a sense of pride in finishing a project.

The issue? In a lot of cases, taking charge of those seemingly simple home repairs all by yourself can actually backfire, too! We talked to some of the top home improvement experts and listed some of the home repairs you should definitely not try to DIY.

 

Fixing your bathroom plumbing

While most of us can fix a simple leak in the sink or handle a running toilet problem by ourselves, demolishing and rebuilding the entire bathroom all by yourself is definitely not a great idea if you want to DIY. According to a top home improvement professional Scott, playing around with the plumbing and wiring in your bathroom is not a good idea for someone who isn’t an expert. And if you really believe that you can pull it off, Scott says that it is nothing short of a health hazard, as there is a possibility that it might lead to flooding and electrocution. So, beware!

 

 

Removing chipped paint

It certainly doesn’t sound like a bad idea to remove the tiny bit of chipped paint you just noticed on the baseboards, but it can definitely become a health hazard if you are not alert. If your property was built anytime before the year 1978 – and even if most of it has been remodeled – there is more than a good chance that the chipped paint you thought to be harmless actually contains lead, which is a deadly substance if you end up inhaling or ingesting it somehow.

According to professionals, lead-based paint can cause severe health risks, and there should be preventive measures in place before such chipped paint is handled. A professional who is trained in handling lead-based paint should be your go-to guy, according to Mark Scott, who runs Mark IV Builders, Inc.

 

 

Installing a new light fixture

If we go by the advertisements and online tutorials, it seems there is nothing easier in this world than installing new light fixtures. However, there are certain risks associated with the process that you should be aware of before you try to DIY.

For instance, there is a high possibility that even if you switched off the light before installing the new fixture, there still might be some live wiring in there that can lead to electrocution. So, it is always a better idea to get a professional involved to install the new lighting fixture, rather than trying to DIY.

 

 

Trying to fix the roof shingles

You’re not alone if you thought it wasn’t a big deal if you fixed the missing shingles on your own. However, if you try to do that and fail at it, you might end up doing some major damage to your home’s interior. According to professional Andrew Walton, a DIY project that goes all wrong can end up causing leaks in your home’s attic, water not draining into the gutter, and also affecting any kind of manufacturer warranty that you might have.

 

 

Handling electrical components

While it may seem like an easy task for you to remove any junction box or an outlet yourself, it would actually be a good idea to hire a professional electrician to do that for you. Apart from having license and location-based permits, a professional electrician knows what is supposed to be removed and what isn’t. On the other hand, you don’t!

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Save these 14 everyday gadgets from hackers!

With the never-ending advancement in technology, new gadgets are being launched every day. They cover the fields of medical appliances, cars, security gadgets and guess what? Even toys are susceptible to being hacked! Most of the gadgets, which are prone to hacking are connected to the internet. Over one-third of Internet-connected gadgets are vulnerable to […]

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With the never-ending advancement in technology, new gadgets are being launched every day. They cover the fields of medical appliances, cars, security gadgets and guess what? Even toys are susceptible to being hacked! Most of the gadgets, which are prone to hacking are connected to the internet. Over one-third of Internet-connected gadgets are vulnerable to exploitation by hackers. These latest technology devices do make our lives simpler and easy, but will you opt for convenience and ease of living over your privacy and security? Watch out for these 15 everyday use gadgets, which are prone to hack attacks!

 

1. Personal Computers

One of the most used gadgets is your computer or laptop. Almost all of us store important data on our PCs. This makes our computers one of the most common targets for hackers. As per the FBI, around $18 million were extorted by hackers by hacking the users’ PCs. Remember to always update your software and change your passwords regularly!

 

 

2. Kids toys connected to the internet

One of the most famous internet connected dolls was ‘My Friend Cayla’ in the United States. The creators said that it acted as the child’s interactive friend, who would keep their secrets. But according to German regulators, Cayla was created for spying on kids! The creep factor is that the doll projects targeted advertisements towards kids and also posed a massive threat to your privacy. The next time you are buying a toy for your kids, stick to the ones not connected to the internet!

 

 

3. Mobile Wallets

Digital transactions improve our convenience and ease of shopping too! We store our ‘e-money’ in our digital wallets. This makes our e-wallets highly prone to hackers looking to extort money and steal your information as well! While e-wallets like Google Pay and Apple Pay have security features like fingerprint access, hackers have found their way around them too!

 

 

4. Insulin Pumps

Hackers may also target diabetic patients by bugging their insulin pumps! An overdose of insulin by hackers is a high possibility as well. Johnson & Johnson warned their customers about a bug found in their insulin pumps! Diabetic patients need to stay safe out there!

 

 

5. CT Scanners

Hackers have the potential of targeting medical appliances like CT Scanners. Cybercriminals may increase radiation exposure limits on the scanner, and even control the radiation, which will subsequently prove to be deadly for the patient.

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20 Technological Advancements That Should Have Been Achieved By Now, Or So We Thought?

In the 90s who would have thought that we would be using smartphones and smartwatches? We have surely come a long way from writing a letter to just asking Siri to send a text. The technology is ever-evolving, but we aren’t as close to some technological advancements as we thought. We always thought that we […]

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In the 90s who would have thought that we would be using smartphones and smartwatches? We have surely come a long way from writing a letter to just asking Siri to send a text. The technology is ever-evolving, but we aren’t as close to some technological advancements as we thought.

We always thought that we would have flying cars by 2020, but here we are still stuck in traffic. Blame it on the movies we watched, but we all did expect time travel, didn’t we? But we are still far away from these technologies.

Here are some technology and gadgets that we thought would exist by now-

 

Rocket packs

The basic function of this device is based on Newton’s 3rd law – every action has an equal and opposite reaction. The combustion process occurs inside the device, which releases gas. Due to this powerful release of gas, the wearer experiences a thrust upwards. These devices are used for training astronauts and also in water sports. Well, you may blame it on Iron Man, but we expected that we would be able to fly high in the sky.

 

 

The Dyson shell

This device is based on Freeman J. Dyson’s theory, which was based on the question of what would happen if we were able to utilize all of the Sun’s energy. Earth receives only a limited amount of Sun’s energy, which is enough to run a whole planet, but what avenues will open if we are able to utilize all of the Sun’s energy.

The device, which could utilize the energy was named the Dyson shell or the Dyson sphere. The scientist proposed that not only we would be able to use the energy, but it would also open an avenue for us to find new galaxies and even aliens.

But, we are still far away from it.

 

 

Lightsabers

Well, all the Star Wars fans hoped that we would have lightsabers in the near future. But, we are still far away from finding a power source to power up a lightsaber that would cut through walls. We don’t have force fields and don’t have a way of recharging the batteries if we ever develop such powerful batteries.

Honestly, we don’t see enough motivation among the scientists and engineers to look for solutions for creating a lightsaber.

 

 

Teleportation

While we are talking of Star Wars, another movie franchise has fuelled our imagination. Through Star Trek, we were introduced with the concept of transporting humans from one place to another instantly.

Teleportation is a theory of quantum physics and deals with transporting the atoms of a human from one place to another. But, it is still a theory, and scientists are yet to discover a method to make it possible.

 

 

Superluminal Motion

In a non-scientific language, it means traveling faster than light. Light travels at the fastest speed and if we are able to travel faster than light, we will be able to defy the concept of time. Thanks to Interstellar, our concepts are clear after watching it a few hundred times. When we are able to achieve superluminal motion, we will be able to analyze black holes. But we believe we are still marching ahead in space with the first picture of a black hole in 2019. Let’s hope we are able to achieve this feat while we are still alive!

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