Renovations can be costly (with the average project ranging betweeen $2,000 and $4,000) and mistakes can be dangerous.

While some projects are OK to do yourself, it’s important to know when to hire a pro — like anything requiring structural changes.

And even if you tackle the project alone, you need to know what’s behind your walls — never drill, cut or nail into a wall without first locating studs, live electrical wires and plumbing — before you hang anything.

This infographic outlines what DIYers should know before swinging that sledgehammer, or even hanging a picture.


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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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