The modern do-it-yourself movement brings many benefits, including saving money and a strong feeling of accomplishment. From amazing patio walkways, adding kitchen counters and building a deck, there’s a lot a handy homeowner can do to add value and improve their life. Working on electrical, however, probably shouldn’t be one of them. While changing a plug on a lamp is usually fine for those with technical skills, working on home wiring should be left to those with professional experience.
Electrical Work Can Easily Kill You
Professional electricians have to work many years before they can lead a job. All apprentices must work under direct supervision by those who know how dangerous it can be. Even so, these pros die at an alarming rate – about 175 every year in the United States alone! Plus, falling from a ladder is so frequent, it’s considered one of the leading causes of contractor deaths. If the experts are dying that often, maybe you should consider the benefits of saving a few bucks against the staggering risks.
Poorly Done Electrical Dramatically Increases Fire Risk
In the U.S., there are about 51,000 electrical fires every year – and around 500 deaths. Electricity always looks for the easiest path to take, and the slightest misstep when calculating loads, running lines or repairing items can lead to shorts. It’s best to let strongly experienced and skilled electricians handle this complicated task.
There’s a Lot of Little Things Electricians Know That You Probably Don’t
Many DIYers have gotten almost completely through an electrical project, only to discover just before finishing that something isn’t working right. Electricians called at this point usually have to start back from the beginning, ripping out everything you’ve done and using new parts.
Also, the tools needed for expert electrical work are expensive and necessary to do a proper job. Professionals have everything they need, along with access to all the proper parts, to make sure the job is done to meet national and local fire codes.