AWESOME AUTUMN: Know when to call in the professionals

You may have years of experience as a 'do-it-yourselfer' but some jobs are better left to the pros, and can even be against the law for you to actually perform yourself.
You may have years of experience as a 'do-it-yourselfer' but some jobs are better left to the pros, and can even be against the law for you to actually perform yourself.

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Most jobs that involve plumbing, electrical or gas aren’t just dangerous, they’re actually against the law to do yourself. 

Even if you have some DIY experience, there are some repairs you simply need to call in an expert for. 

Electrical work: Due to fire and electrocution risks, almost all electrical work is against the law in Australia unless you have a valid licence. Double-check Fair Trading and government websites before proceeding.

If there is asbestos in the house it should always be removed by professionals ...

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Gas fittings: It’s a similar situation with gas work. According to the SA government website, for instance: “You must use a licensed gas fitter for any work between the gas meter outlet or LPG cylinder valve up to and including: the gas appliance, the pipe work from the gas meter or cylinder to the appliance, any flues and ducts.” 

Plumbing: Government regulation stipulates you must use a licensed plumber for work from the water main and sewer main connection points at the property borders, up to and including the pipe-work in your home.

You should use a licensed plumber for work from the water main and sewer main connection points at the property borders, up to and including pipe-work in your home.

You should use a licensed plumber for work from the water main and sewer main connection points at the property borders, up to and including pipe-work in your home.

Big landscaping jobs: Planning to dig up your yard? 

Call ‘1100 Dial Before You Dig‘, which will refer you to information and professional services for excavation and underground pipes and cables. 

Knocking down walls: If there is asbestos in the house it should always be removed by professionals, who will take specific care to avoid releasing the potentially-deadly fibres into the air.