8 Reasons Why DIY Electrical Work Is Not A Good Idea — Hometown Station | KHTS FM 98.1 & AM 1220 — Santa Clarita Radio


There are some trades where you can DIY safely and save yourself some time and money. Making renovations to your home can make the home more aesthetically pleasing, safer, eco-friendlier and more cost efficient. It can also add a great deal of value to your home.

In most situations, DIY can save you money and you can add your own personal touches to make your home more tailored to your individual tastes and lifestyle. There is also a large sense of self-accomplishment and pride that comes from touching up your castle on your own merit.

But there is one home improvement area you should definitely not do. Electrical work is not something that can be taken lightly as the outcome may be quite shocking (pun intended).

Save yourself the hassle and risk and hire an electrician from a reputable company such as Spectra Electrical.

1. It’s actually illegal.

If you’re thinking about putting in some light switches or cabling in yourself to save yourself time and money, think again. The monetary penalty is between $40,000 to $200,000 and also potentially 3 years jail. So, if you’re thinking that a quick little touch up with the electrical components in your home will save you money, think again. You could potentially end up bankrupt or even serving a hefty prison term.

2. Electrocution.

Definitely not fun. Some items can carry up to 240V which could be enough to cause you or a loved one serious injury or death. It’s not always when you’re the works that this may happen. All it takes is one tiny wire in the wrong spot or order to cause serious damage to a person. To keep yourself and your loved ones safe, it’s simply not worth the risk. Make the investment and let the professionals handle it.

3. Your insurance company won’t cover any damages that occur.

If you happen to have a major incident whilst installing the electrical material, or damages occur afterwards, your insurance company will not only reject your claim, they’ll most likely bar you from taking out insurance with them and may actually charge you too. Insurance companies are required to inform the relevant authorities if there has been any illegal works conducted, there is no talking your way out of this one.

4. Your littles ones might copy you.

Monkey see, monkey do. Our precious offspring often try to emulate their parents and copy what they do. If you child sees you poking around with electricity, they may try to ‘help’ which places them at great risk. I recall a girl I grew up with watching her dad put power points in. After he had finished, she grabbed a fork and went to the power point. Luckily her mother saw her just before she managed to stick the metal fork in a live power point. The outcome could’ve been catastrophic.

5. It’s actually quite complicated.

There are reasons why it takes 4 years to complete a trade and why it’s outlawed to conduct your own electrical work. Trades people have specialist training to complete the works safely, with the right tools. Basically, all the working in your home is interlinked and one wrong move could make every electrical outlet in your home unstable or it could actually seriously misfire causing an enormous amount of damage, which, as we just mentioned, you won’t be covered for .

6. Product knowledge.

Believe it or not, you can’t just slap any wire or switch. Different homes and wiring systems often require a particular product. A reputable sparky will know exactly which style and brand to install. Using the wrong one means the outlet may not be able to handle the power sufficiently, which can cause a fire or have the product be live, which means that even just touching it could result in serious injury or death.

Some examples of product knowledge are:

  • Fuses. Using the incorrect one may cause a fire.
  • Wiring. Certain electrical systems require a very specific standard of wiring. The wrong one may short circuit everything or cause a fire. Speaking of wiring, there are actually 2 different types, earth (ground) or neutral. If you get these mixed up, you could end up with a fatality.
  • Outdoor power points. These are a very particular unit. Standard power points simply cannot every get wet or it will cause people to get electrocuted or even die. There needs to be what’s known as a ground fault interrupter button. Basically, this will disconnect the power pint if any water gets in, they are also specially designed for the outdoors.

7. House Inspections and Code Violations.

If you ever go to sell you house and the potential buyer elects to have a building and inspection report conducted, your DIY electrical work will not pass. Being a specialist trade, there are codes and legal requirements that need to be met.

You might be tempted to research these to ensure you pass them, but there is more involved than meets the eye and they are often subject to change to meet new and additional safety and legal requirements.

Your approved sparky will know al of these and is required to adhere to them. Electricians need to be certified and licensed and they need to assign their name to any job they complete.

8. Enormous risk of death or permanent disability.

Performing a DIY electrical job in your home without complete knowledge of what you’re doing might result in serious harm or even death. If you accidentally cut the wrong wire while it is still carrying electricity, you risk receiving an electrical shock that could result in a possibly fatal fire or spark. Electrical shock can cause serious harm or even death if electrical work is not done correctly.

Electrical work is extremely dangerous and not worth it. Money may be initially saved, but you won’t know what will happen until it’s too late. Faulty wiring is the cause of hundreds of electrical fires each year

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