Don’t DIY these Household Electrical Projects

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Don’t DIY these Household Electrical Projects

Completing do-it-yourself projects around the home can be a great way to save money and build knowledge. With a quick Google search, you can access thorough how-to guides and even instructional videos on pretty much anything; with so much information available, it may seem like you could conquer any building or repair job. There are many household projects which can be done easily and safely by most any homeowner, but there are some which are best left to a professional, especially when electricity is involved.

When working on an electrical project, one wrong step can put you and your family in serious danger. No matter how confident you are in your DIY abilities, you should call in an electrician to complete the following household electrical projects.

Installing a new type of wall outlet

Simply swapping a wall outlet for a new one is a task that can be done by a confident DIYer, but if you need to change the type of wall outlet, it is best to call in a pro. Upgrading ungrounded outlets to a grounded model and installing GFCI outlets are projects which have to be performed by a licensed electrician; doing these jobs yourself without the proper knowledge can create dangerous conditions.

If you are replacing an old outlet with one of the same type, you can DIY it as long as you are comfortable. Be sure to turn off the power at the circuit breaker box before you begin!

Breaker box repairs or replacement

Your home’s breaker box needs to be designed properly to prevent dangerous electrical overloads around the house. Proper installation is of circuit breakers is critical to make sure wiring won’t overheat, which can be a major fire hazard. A great supply of electricity flows through your home’s electrical panel, which makes it very dangerous to work with for someone who doesn’t know what they are doing.

If you need to repair or replace your home’s circuit breaker box, you should have an electrician perform the work. A licensed, knowledgeable electrician will be able to design circuits appropriately for your home, using the right breakers.

Installing new wiring

Anytime you need to replace or repair wiring or circuits, or install brand new wiring or circuits, you should hire an electrician. Faulty wiring and overloaded circuits can easily result from a DIY project, and are a serious fire hazard. Some homeowners insurance carriers will not pay if faulty wiring performed by a DIYer caused a fire.

Building codes change often, and a licensed electrician will be up-to-date on any changes that will apply in your situation. They can install new wiring and circuits safely and up to code standards.

Projects requiring a permit

For any electrical project that requires a permit, it is best to have a licensed electrician perform the work. Building inspection costs and code violation fines can really add up, especially when someone who is inexperienced is performing the work. Plus, a licensed electrician will have to be hired to perform any code repairs, so it’s a smart idea to just hire them to do it in the first place!