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The Differences Between an Electrician or a Handyman


If you've ever faced an electrical issue in your home, then you've probably found yourself wondering who you should call to fix it. Handymen and electricians can both help you tackle home projects, but there are different benefits to each. Learn the differentiation between the two by checking out insights from the team at David Gray.

Who to Call

It can be difficult to decide on the correct person to handle projects throughout your home. Both handymen and electricians have a breadth of knowledge that allow them to address common issues that homeowners face.

Handymen can be a great choice for homeowners who need help with simple improvement projects such as painting, re-tiling or carpet installation. When you these types of home projects to juggle - and need electrical work - it can be tempting to bundle it together and hire a handyman to complete it all. However, a solid rule of thumb for homeowners to follow is this: Any job that deals with electrical wiring should be left to a professional electrician.

Common Projects for Electricians

Even the smallest electrical projects require codes to be met in order to safely (and lawfully) complete the work. While a handyman may have general electrical knowledge, many do not possess the correct licenses and permits to perform the work - leaving you liable if they get things wrong or your home is damaged.

Furthermore, if electrical work is not completed properly, it can damage the appliances involved and even put your home at risk of fire. In the end, you may end up paying more to fix any mistakes than you would have by hiring a professional electrician in the first place.

Look to an electrician for common home improvement projects such as:

  • Indoor or outdoor lighting
  • Conversion to LED lighting
  • Smart home upgrades
  • Ceiling fans and light fixtures
  • Circuit breakers and wiring
  • Outlets
  • Main and sub electrical panels
  • Smoke detectors
  • Surge protection

If you need assistance resolving electrical issues in your home, be sure to call a professional. The licensed electricians at David Gray Electrical can help. Call (904) 605-8190 or visit our website at