DIY or Electrician?


These days, everyone wants in on the DIY projects. Electrical projects are no different. For one thing, doing your own electrical work in some cases can save you tons of money. It can also give you a great deal of satisfaction as a homeowner in working on your own home.

Unfortunately, do-it-yourself electrical projects can turn deadly if you don’t have the right knowledge and experience to back it up. In those cases, it’s best to leave it up to the professionals. But when should you call an electrician as opposed to talking the project yourself?

As we just mentioned, it takes a bit of expertise to manage many electrical projects. If you find yourself confused at any aspect of the job you’re about to undertake, that is a sure sign that you’ll want to make that call to a professional electrician. Making a mistake in an electrical endeavor can be very dangerous and with hundreds of electrocutions happening each year, you don’t want to be one of them.

Sometimes electrical projects can be governed by certain laws and stipulations in place by local government and health departments. Unless you are well versed in codes and regulations, it might be best to let an electrician handle the job. Some jobs even demand that a licensed electrician sign off on the work before they will allow it to be done, and if that’s not how you proceed, you can then be fined.

At some point, you may come to realize that you have some faulty wiring. This could be due to overloads on the system, mice or rats that have chewed through the protective coating on the wiring, or your wiring could just be old and outdated. If this is the situation in which you find yourself it will definitely be in your best interest to call a professional. Faulty wiring can cause many dangerous problems including fires, circuit breakers constantly tripping and outages of whole sections of your home. Here again, codes and regulations come into play and if you attempt to fix it yourself and put in the wrong size wiring or the wrong breakers, you could be fined, have trouble reselling your home and, of course, cause more problems than you started with.

Have you found yourself with a collection of power strips or extension cords in more than one room? If so, you’ve probably considered adding some extra outlets in places where you think they might do you some good. Surely that can’t be too hard, can it? Just add some wire, cut a hole in the wall and voila, you have the extra space to plug more stuff in. Well, that sounds good in theory, but what you’re actually doing is adding an added burden to that particular circuit – one that may or may not be able to handle it. If you’re not sure how to add voltage and come up with the exact load on that new outlet, it’s best to scratch that off your DIY list. The damage you could incur won’t be worth it in the long run.

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