Thousands Injured Every Year In DIY Projects

Updated: 12/10/2012 5:27 PM KSTP.com By: Ellen McNamara

Many of us will try to tackle projects around the house this time of the year, but every year, thousands of people are injured.

We have advice from Angie's List on when to call a pro and when to do the job yourself...

It was a painful lesson to learn.

Homeowner Matt Taylor incorrectly used a nail gun and had to be rushed to the hospital after a nail punctured his hand.

"I looked down and realized the nail was in the hand and I couldn't get it out myself, Taylor said.

However, this accident is one of thousands that happen every year.

It's very easy to get in over your head if you don't know what you're doing," Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List said.

Hicks says a professional should work on electrical, plumbing, and roof projects.

"When it comes to electrical, you could burn your house down, plumbing can lead to flooding, and we hear way too many stories about people falling off ladders when they try to get on the roof," Hicks said.

Hicks says if you decide you can do the job, make sure you have the proper tools and training. A lesson Taylor definitely learned.

"I still use my nail gun, but now I'm more cautious with it," Taylor said.

Angie's List says things like painting, tightening hardware, hanging pictures, and installing drapes are all usually projects that homeowners can tackle on their own without help.