Four Situations In Which You Shouldn't Try DIY Electrical Repairs

8 December 2016
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Do you like saving money by handling small electrical repairs on your own? It's a good idea if you have the skills, but there are some situations in which skill shouldn't be the only factor determining whether you should dabble in DIY repairs. For example, even if you are confident of your electrical knowledge, you should still hire an electrician in these four situations:

It's Against Regulations

The law requires some electrical repairs to be done solely be a licensed electrician. For example, installations in new buildings should only be handled by appropriate licensees. Repair works, for example the rewiring of a room, may also be restricted to licensed professionals depending on where you live. Therefore, even if you are confident of your DIY ability, hire an electrician for such work because the law demands it.

You Don't Know the Codes

Knowing how to install an outlet in the bathroom is one thing. Knowing what the electrical code says about its installation is a different thing altogether. The electrical code specifies the current ratings, distance from the basin, and location of electrical outlets in the bathroom. You will be breaking the law if you don't follow the code. Therefore, unless you understand the code requirements, don't engage in any electrical work.

You Don't Have the Right Tools

Some things may seem simple, but they become dangerous or complicated if you don't have the right tools for them. For example, you need a ladder to work at heights above your head when replacing ceiling fans. You may also need a wire stripper to expose insulated wires and testers for knowing when a circuit is on or off. Some people improvise when they don't have the right tools, for example by using a utility or kitchen knife to strip a wire. Unfortunately, that may nick the wire, and a nicked wire won't make a strong connection.

Aesthetic Considerations Are Important

Lastly, you are more likely to get a neat outcome from a professional electrician. In most cases, looks matter for exposed repairs or installations. For example, when installing a ceiling light or a sitting room outlet, it will be unsightly to drill more holes than necessary or to install a fixture that doesn't slide in its slot as neatly as it should. 

Whenever you have a "minor" electrical malfunction hat you think you can handle, ask yourself if it falls under any of the four categories above. Call an electrical contractor if the issue ticks one or more of the boxes.