Angie's List: Do-It-Yourself projects gone bad

LEWISTON, ID - Planning a home improvement project this year? If so, you're not alone.

The remodeling industry has shown solid growth for the past two years and there's no sign it's letting up. Experts said some 43 million homeowners a year attempt a do-it-yourself project, and an estimated one in five suffers an injury.

In today's Angie's List report, how to avoid a D-I-Y gone bad.

"All of us will attempt DIY projects at some point in our life," said Angie's List Owner, Angie Hicks. "Let's face it, it's fun, it's your house, you enjoy doing things to make it a better place, but you need to know whether you are getting yourself in over your head. If it's a project you've never tackled you might consider consulting with a professional."

"I love D-I-Y," said homeowner, Sarah Saucedo. "I love projects. I thought this one would be really simple. I've painted doors before. I use spray paint all the time and this was going to be really simple, maybe an hour long project if that and it turned into a huge mess."

"When you get into a project like that it seems a bit daunting to begin with, but then you start the demo and you take the walls down and you take out a cast iron tub and see all the inner workings and that's where you start to see the complexity," said homeowner, Jonathan Metzger.

"Using D-I-Y to repair things around the house may not be the best idea," said Hicks. "Let's face it, a lot of those repairs are mechanical issues, water, and duct tape is not the solution. The quick and easy solution could actually lead itself to bigger problems in the long run."

"I have a backdoor that had grids in it and I decided to take those off," said Saucedo. "I painted the door and then I wanted to take the grids off to spray paint them black because I thought that would be a lot easier than hand painting them. So I took the grid off, went around the corner for a little bit, came back and the door had fallen outside, thank goodness, and was in a million pieces."

When it comes to D-I-Y repairs, Angie's List said don't settle for temporary fixes. Skipping steps or forcing things together may provide temporary solutions to short-term problems, but they often don't last.