Next Time, Hire a Pro Vol 1.

Check out these unfortunate home improvements and repairs that don't quite live up to the term "best practices." Sometimes it's best to hire a pro.

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It’s true that not all homeowners can afford to hire a professional for every home repair and improvement. But DIY projects or hiring a “buddy” sometimes end up costing more in the long run.

That's one way to do it

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That didn’t work—let’s try this

This is like a plumbing version of Frankenstein's monster, a copper supply line, a steel drain pipe, a chrome P trap, two kinds of tape and some kind of gooey substance.

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If you're hot, you're hot

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If you're hot, you're hot

I wonder if taping the seams would help?

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Tuck-pointing perfection

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Tuck-pointing perfection

Not knowing the difference between caulking and mortar is one thing, but what was used to apply it, a canoe paddle?

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Copper Fuses

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Copper fuses

Guaranteed not to blow!

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Creative plumbing

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Creative plumbing

It looks surprisingly dry underneath...

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Base trim solution

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Base trim solution

Was the trim carpenter lazy, or a genius? I’m sure he blamed the electrician for installing the receptacle too low.

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Where there’s a saw there’s a way

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Where there’s a saw there’s a way

I guess the garage-door installer just told the family not to walk on that part of the floor anymore.

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The closest distance between two lines…

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The closest distance between two lines…

Is not this kitchen exhaust fan duct.

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Attic ventilation fan

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Attic ventilation fan

No more ice dams for this roof.

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Toilet tank confusion

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Toilet tank confusion

It’s backwards!

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Chimney crown repair

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Chimney crown repair

The sad thing is that someone recently installed a vent cap to keep out rodents.

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Just a little bit further

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Just a little bit further

Guarantee this was easier than cutting into shingles and installing a roof vent.

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