Whether you’re doing basic repairs around the house on a weekend, are getting ready to list your home for sale, or have a big renovation project in mind, there are many household projects that you can do yourself without needing to call a professional. When it comes to electricity-involved DIY projects, though, exercising caution is best and calling an electrician when you’re unsure is wise. Here are a few frequently asked questions we hear about do-it-yourself electricity work–
If you don’t know how to shut off the electricity to an appliance or a circuit, you probably shouldn’t be doing your own electrical work. That being said, before you do anything related to electricity, it’s very important that you cut power to reduce the risk of electrocution. Your home should have a circuit breaker located outside, in the basement, or in a closet somewhere that is marked. Test electricity to make sure it’s really off before assuming that you’re good to go.
Aluminum wiring was primarily installed in American homes during the 1960s and 1970s. If the wiring is improperly terminated, it can be a risk as heat can be generated at these faulty points. Another issue with aluminum wiring is that it can deteriorate, which creates a fire hazard. If you need to upgrade your wiring, we strongly recommend hiring an electrician.
You may be able to perform some basic repairs and projects that involve electricity on your own. For example, as long as the electricity is completely turned off, you may be able to do things like tighten an outlet panel, replace lighting, and even remedy a defective light switch! However, anything bigger than this should absolutely be handled by a certified electrician.
While it may be tempting to try to save money by doing electric repairs and upgrades yourself, you’re putting yourself at risk – electricity is deadly, and electrocution does happen. If you know that you have a project that will involve electricity and wires, you should hire an electrician, plain and simple.
At Generator Technologies, Inc., we have certified, experienced electricians who are available to assist you. Our electricians can handle projects big and small, and work with both residential and commercial customers throughout our state. To learn more about our electrician and the services we offer, call today or send us a message at your convenience.
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