Thanks to the easy availability of DIY videos on the internet, there has been a spurt in DIY installations of all types. The projects can be as simple as painting a house, to building a new bookshelf for your children. Some experienced homeowners may even attempt repairing electrical faults on their own without using the services of a professional electrician, though the results may not be up to the mark or satisfactory.
While simple home DIY projects are a great way to create something new for your home and also test your technical skills, it is advisable to leave more complicated tasks to professionals. One particular field that this advice specifically applies to is electrical work. Given the high risk and complexity associated with many electrical installations, it is a task best left to a professional electrician.
But just in case you still need to do some DIY electrical work at home or do an appliance installation on your own, we share some valuable advice on the same with a professional electrician.
- Not Using The Proper Switches And Sockets
Not all switches and sockets are of the same specifications or sizes and differ from each other based on their usage, application area, and voltage. Not consulting a professional electrician or getting incorrect advice from someone else, can lead to you ending up with sockets or switches that don’t fit perfectly and becoming loose post-installation. This could lead to a potential fire and safety hazard, or even fatal shocks.
To avoid such scenarios it is always advisable to consult a well-trained and experienced electrician who can guide you on the correct combination of switches, sockets, and wiring you should use for a particular installation. This will not only help you install the particular appliance properly and as required, but also avoid any safety hazards that may occur due to its improper installation.
- Leaving Cables Exposed
One of the safety tips by a professional electrician is to ensure that there are no exposed cables or wiring post your installation, as it could lead to short circuits and even accidental fires. All exposed cabling and joints need to be covered with adequate high-quality insulation tape so that there are no electricity leakages that can cause damage.
While working on DIY projects, homeowners should also wear adequate protection and industrial standard fire and safety gear to avoid getting a shock, by accidentally touching an exposed wire or circuit.
- Overloading Switches And Power Outlets
All the electrical points around a house are designed for a specific voltage and load capacity. Exceeding the same is a common mistake that many DIY people make as per a professional electrician. The consequences of exceeding the existing load capacity can be;
- Damage to the home appliances connected to that socket
- Possibility of electrical shocks when switching on or off the appliance
- Short circuits
- Possibility of a fire
It is therefore advisable to seek the services of a professional electrician who will not only do the power outlets installation as per their load capacity but also install safety measures such as circuit breakers etc. to avoid any mishap from happening in case of a circuit overload.
Electrical DIY Projects Should Be Undertaken Only After Consulting A Professional Electrician.
It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to repairing electrical faults or doing DIY installations on your own. Ensure you use the proper equipment, follow all the safety standards as mentioned in the installation guidelines and use protective gear as advised by a professional electrician to help you avoid any potential mishaps and keep you safe.