DIY home projects can be very rewarding, both in terms of significant money savings and the sense of accomplishment one would feel after successfully tackling a repair or home improvement task.
However, electrical repairs put you at risk of potential danger of electrocution. A simple mistake or negligence can also cause in electrical fires resulting in damage to properties and injuries, even deaths. This is why it is always recommended to contact a qualified electrician to troubleshoot and handle electrical problems in the home or business establishments.
Things to Consider BEFORE Tackling on DIY Electrical Repairs
If you are one of those DIYers who feel confident enough to make your own electrical repairs, and doing the repair on your own sounds practical for you, here are a few tips to remember when you work with electricity:
- Water is a good conductor of electricity. Never perform electrical repairs or operate electrical devices if your hands are wet. In the same way, don’t work with electricity if you are near or in damp areas.
- Always assume that overhead wires are live and potentially dangerous. Don’t attempt to touch or move it away by yourself. Instead, contact a professional to report the problem immediately.
- Make sure you turn off power from the source in the circuit that you want to work with before doing any repairs.
- See to it that you are aware of the code or rules in your area before attempting the repair.
- Make sure you have the appropriate tools and equipment needed to do the job correctly.
- For your protection, use insulated tools while working on electrical wiring system.
- When needed, use wooden ladder instead of the aluminum one to reduce the risk of shock hazard when working with electricity.
- When you have to disassemble parts, use printed diagrams to help you remember the right connections when putting the parts back.
Basic Electrical Theory and DIY Wiring Safety Tips
Check out this brief but informative video clip which covers a review of basic electrical theory which includes explanation about volts, amps, current, and resistance. The video also provides practical safety tips when working around with electricity, specifically about not working on a live circuit and how to use a voltage tester to make sure power is off to a circuit before undertaking the project.
Electrical Repairs: Why It’s Best Not to Do It Yourself
There are a number of reasons why electrical repairs are best left to the experts.
Working with any part of the electrical wiring system is extremely dangerous. It could put you at risk for electrocution and poor electrical repairs could result in a fire hazard.
- Codes and Local Requirements.
You may required to get a permit before doing an electrical project. There are certain local codes and requirements that should be followed when doing electrical wiring and repair.
- Knowledge, Training, and the Right Tools
Professional electricians have the necessary training and expertise to ensure electrical repair are handled correctly. They have the appropriate tools and latest technology allowing the to perform repairs and installations quickly and accurately.
- Saving You Money in the Long Term
Electrical wiring systems can be complex and it’s easy to make mistakes and end up messing the wires in your home. This can end up costing you more on unnecessary repairs or doing repeat jobs. Hiring an electrician ensures you get long term solution to the problem and avoid electrical issues that may arise later on.
Summing It Up
At the end of the day, your safety does not come with a price. There’s no point in trying to save money when you are putting your life, your family, and home in danger. Having a licensed electrician do any electrical repairs ensures the job gets done right, and you get safe and long-term solution to the problem which can save you time and money in the long run.