You’re handy, you have a toolkit, and you like to save money. Why wouldn’t you take care of home improvement projects yourself? While your intentions may be pure, inexperience can, quite literally, hurt you. Home improvement injuries do happen, especially to well-meaning but overly ambitious crafters.

“The most common mistake DIY-ers can make is to jump into a project without the skills and knowledge needed to complete it accurately and safely,” says Angie Hicks, co-founder of Angie’s List.

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