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Why Electrical Work is No DIY

DIY definitely has its place in home improvement. 

If you can get the results you want yourself without having to hire someone or drop too much money on materials and resources, DIY is a great way to go. On the flip side, there are some aspects of your home that you shouldn’t try to tackle on your own, and electrical work is one of them. Getting the help of a professional for your electrical needs is the best option, for your safety and for successful results. Here’s why:

 

Fire

Electrical appliances and parts can cause fires simply in your day-to-day usage of them, like misusing a space heater or using an appliance with a frayed or damaged wire. When you get deeper into electric work and attempt a DIY, the risk of fire goes up exponentially.  Just an overloaded circuit, faulty connections, or the wrong part can lead to overheating, sparks, and even a house fire. What might be a little misstep in a DIY project can lead to danger and harm.

Electrocution

Working with electricity is no laughing matter. In your other DIYs, the consequences of a little slip-up might be a splinter, while the consequences of a little slip-up in an electrical DIY like touching the wrong wires together could be far more disastrous. Unless you’re trained in this field, you might not even know it’s a mistake until it’s too late, which can produce fatal electrocutions. 

 

Code Violations & Permits

Without a full understanding of the electrical industry standards, your DIY may not be up to code, which can not only be dangerous for you or your property, but also lead to more costs in the long run. With DIYs that violate electrical codes, you might end up paying much more to repair the work and get it up to par. 

In addition, there are a lot of different steps to getting started on your electrical work that could be easy to miss. Depending on where you live and what kind of electrical project you’re taking on, you may need different permits. Without the correct permit to ensure the work is done safely and correctly, you could face dangerous consequences.

To avoid all these risks, it’s best to just go with a certified electrician to avoid any expensive mistakes. 

Wrong Materials 

Without experience and proper training, you might not know the many types of wires, outlets, switches, or other parts and which materials you may need for your DIY. It may not seem like a huge difference to you, but using the wrong product could lead to unfortunate repercussions. 

It’s not as easy as it looks!

In the age of the internet and YouTube, many DIYs might look achievable for you to tackle on your own. You might think following a tutorial you found online could save you money, but in reality, you’re running a big risk. Even a project that may seem simple like replacing an outlet or a light switch can go really wrong, putting you in danger and costing you more money to repair. 

Before you move forward with tackling an electrical DIY, remember how wrong it could go. By having your electrical work done by a certified electrician, you circumvent a lot of these dangers to your safety, your property, and your money. You can find the right person for the job here at Coffin Electric, just check out more here on our website!