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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!

 

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Home Reno Projects You Should Leave to the Experts

Home Reno Projects You Should Leave to the Experts

At Coffin Electric, we’re all for DIY. However, while we love to see your home renovation projects, there are a few jobs that we suggest you get professional help with, for your safety and for the success of your home renovation!

 

Outlet and Switch Changes

In a renovation in any room of your home, changes to your outlets and switches can actually make a huge difference when you can make them match the design of the room, you can include USB outlets, or even dimmer switches, which add ambiance as well as help you control energy.

 

Light Fixture Installation

Why risk damaging your wiring or brand new light fixture by doing it yourself, when you can rest assured that it will be installed properly by a trained and trusted electrician? Taking out your current light fixture exposes wires conducting electricity, so if you are going to attempt to replace it, before working in that area you should make sure to cut off the power. However, to prevent damage to the wiring or to your fixture, getting the help of an electrician is your best bet. 

 

New Wiring

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your old home or are just making changes to your home that require updating your wiring like adding outlets, the assistance of an electrician is crucial. Wiring is a delicate matter, and may also require changes to your fuse box due to additional energy demands. It’s better to work with a professional electrician who will be able to not only assist you with ensuring your wiring is correct, but also any further changes that need to be made. 

 

Electrical Panel Upgrade

Your home’s electrical panel houses your circuit breaker, a crucial element of your electrical system. If you install a major household appliance or build an addition to your home, you may need to give your panel an upgrade so that it can hold a higher electrical capacity. This undertaking is a service you’ll definitely want professional help with. Even a minute mistake in this upgrade can take out the power in your house or even cause serious damage to your home’s electrical system.

Kitchen Remodels

For simpler aesthetic changes like new countertops or flooring, we’ll leave it to you. But if you’re adding appliances, giving them an upgrade, or even just adding new lighting appliances, enlisting the help of an electrician will boost the success of your kitchen remodel. With an electrician on your side, you can make more ambitious changes like countertop outlets, new light fixtures, dimmer switches, upgraded circuits dedicated to your appliances, and many other options. 

 

Basement Conversions

When you’re transforming your basement space, we often see a lot of big, exciting changes. With those changes though, comes a lot of important and intricate electrical work. With new wiring, lighting appliances, fans, outlets, and more, the assistance of a trained electrician will benefit your conversion greatly.