Doing jobs around the house yourself can be a lot of fun. It can teach you new skills, save you money, and help you feel independent. But is it a good idea? Well, that depends on the job— changing a lightbulb or fixing a wooden shelf? Great, go for it! Fixing a toilet that won’t flush? Unblocking a drain? Stop right now, that way lies trouble! Plumbing is high on the list of work you shouldn’t do yourself. Just behind electrical work, which tends to kill people. Of course, the temptation to go DIY is understandable — you want to save money, get the job done now, and feel handy. That’s all fair enough, but the risks are just too great.