While carrying out your own home projects might seem like a great way to save some money, there are a few electrical jobs that should always be left to a professional electrician. Working on certain projects without the proper tools and training could result in life-altering injuries and severe damage to your home.
Here are 2 DYI electrical issues you can fix on your own and two you should leave to the professionals to avoid injury.
diy: Installing a Ceiling Fan
As long as there is already a ceiling light fixture in place, installing a ceiling fan should be a relatively straightforward process that takes you no more than a few hours. That being said, you must follow all regulations put forth by the National Fire Protection Agency.
An improperly installed ceiling fan is extremely dangerous, and you could end up with a major fire hazard in your home if you aren’t careful. You might also need to have your new fan cleared by a local inspector.
diy: Replacing Old Outlets
This is another simple project that shouldn’t take much time as long as you have a few basic tools and an understanding of how residential electrical systems work. Before you work on any outlets, you must first flip the breaker that supplies power to that area of the home.
You should also use a voltage tester pen to make sure that there is no electricity running through the lines. Those devices are relatively inexpensive, and they are a great investment for DIY enthusiasts.
pro: Installing a Generator
A backup generator is an excellent upgrade for your home, and this equipment will provide you with consistent power during a blackout. However, this project is relatively complex, and you will need to hire an experienced electrician.
The contractor must make sure that their work adheres to hundreds of different codes. For this reason, this job should be given to a professional who has experience following various codes and safety procedures.
pro: Upgrading the Breaker Box
If your circuit breaker is constantly tripping, then you might need to upgrade the breaker box. This type of project is very complicated, and the entire electrical system must be turned off while it is being carried out.
You could also cause irreversible damage to the electrical system if any components of the breaker box are improperly installed, and repairing that damage might end up costing you thousands of dollars.
other valuable tips:
As a general rule, you should always call in a professional contractor if you ever feel uncomfortable with any type of project. In addition to undergoing extensive training, those contractors must also have robust insurance policies that cover most of their work. But for those projects that a relatively simple, save yourself a few dollars and learn to do it yourself!
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