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Every DIYer loves the sense of accomplishment they feel when doing home improvements. But there's one fix-it-yourself area that might best be left to the pros. Even with the thousands of instructional- videos you can find on YouTube, doing your own electrical work is rarely a good idea (unless you're an electrician!).
It's a good idea to think twice and thrice before DIYing your electric work for it can be both costly and dangerous. Here's how.
You Could Get Shocked
Without the proper protective equipment, training, and correct tools, even something as simple as rewiring a power point, replacing a light fixture, or repairing a bathroom fan can lead to a serious electrical shock. That's because the human body is mostly water and it makes a great conductor. The result? Serious injury or even death. It's just not worth the risk.
You Might Start a Fire
Because it's such a common utility, most people don't appreciate just how potent a power electricity is. Electricity can melt or fry appliance and equipment wiring and also travel through the wiring inside your home's walls. Every year, unstable wiring systems and improper connections cause tens of thousands of home fires that were responsible for:
- Thirteen percent of home structure fires from 2012-2016.
- Nearly 20% of civilian deaths.
- Approximately 11% of civilian injuries.
- The greatest share of direct property damage.
Common risk factors for electrical fires include overloaded circuits, loose connections, damaged insulation, improper use of extension cords, and negligent installations and repairs.
Your Work Might Not Be up to Code
Fully licensed electricians are well versed in Jacksonville's electrical installation code and the regulations set forth by the National Fire Protection Agency, which Jacksonville enforces. These codes are regularly updated, and professional electricians stay fully aware of the latest rules and requirements.
The National Electric Code (NEC) is also continually updated and failure to follow these codes could keep you from failing an inspection. Common mistakes inspectors see include:
- Improper grounding.
- Wrong circuit breakers.
- Switches without a neutral wire.
- Lack of tamper-resistant receptacles.
- Wrong outdoor receptacle covers.
- Crowded service panels.
- Too few receptacles.
- Insufficient electrical bonding.
Electrical codes are in place to protect you and your family. Though most areas do not require you to change old wiring (usually only new work must meet new codes), it's worth talking to an electrician about whether your older wiring should be changed out.
Why You Should Hire a Professional
No electrical work is ever "easy." As electrical professionals are well aware, there are inherent risks that come with working with electricity.
Want to ensure your DIY electrical work is safe and simple? Don't DIY! Outside of changing a light bulb, you'll likely benefit in the long term by having a licensed electrician do any repairs or installations. You could be able to save a few bucks going the DIY route, but the risks are much greater than the potential benefit.