4 Things that make DIY electrical work dangerous
Many of us deem ourselves handy around our places of work or houses. The rise of YouTube and countless home improvement TV-shows have seen just about everyone join the “Do-it-Yourself” bandwagon. Sure enough, it would be great if you could save a few bucks by doing some of your housework or repairs by yourself, right? Well, you may want to reconsider DIY electrical handiwork no matter how simple YouTube makes it seem as it can be quite dangerous. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook that electrical work is perhaps best left to professional electricians.
Here are some of the things that make DIY electrical work dangerous:
You should never embark on electrical work by yourself because of the potentially life-threatening consequences it bears. Hooking up wires, outlets or switches can give you more than a little jolt. Very high-voltage shocks may cause severe burns, nerve damage, massive internal injuries and not to mention the likelihood of a fatal dose of electricity capable of making your heart stop.
You thought you’d save a few dollars by taking matters into your own hands instead of engaging an insured and licensed electrician. At first, this is true, however, if faulty wiring leads to say; an electrical fire or anything that could result in damage, you will incur costs towards repairs or replacing current electrical work. It could get worse if you perhaps cause personal injury or a fire, your insurance provider will have grounds to contest coverage if you didn’t engage a certified electrician.
You may render your home unsellable:
You may fancy additional living space by modifying your garage or attic to a spare bedroom, which is okay. Installing carpet or hanging a drywall may add value to your home, however, leave the electrical bit to experts. Any other way, when you put your house on the market, it may fail the inspection. You may be compelled to bring in a professional to tear down the shoddy work and reinstate everything which will undoubtedly cost you more thereby putting off potential purchasers.
You could burn down your home:
The Electrical Safety Foundation International reported that electrical faults account for more than 51,000 fires annually resulting in $1.3 billion in damaged property and the loss of 500 lives.
When it comes down to DIY electrical tasks, even a minor mistake can prove to be deadly. For instance, using the inappropriate wiring gauge on a rather high-load circuit will lead to overheating in the wires. Do that, and next time you turn on the air-con, the electric current could melt its way through the insulation and may burn your house to ashes.
Thus remember, for tasks larger than switch on or off of a light switch or an outlet cover, it is better to engage a specialist electrician to guarantee your electrical undertaking runs and ends smoothly for the long-term well-being of your home.
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