Anyone with the right skills and tools can work with wood or have a go at plastering a wall. Even plumbing is bot beyond the remit of a competent DIY enthusiast, as long as you don’t mind dealing with leaks here and there. The only area where novices should avoid like the plague is electrics, and here’s why.
Everyone knows electrics are dangerous, but this doesn’t stop enthusiastic amateurs having a go. They know how to wire a plug, so they assume that wiring in a new electrical socket is no different. They might even have a go at fitting a new electric show and doing the electrics, to save money. If you genuinely do know what you are doing, this shouldn’t be a problem as long as you have the installation checked by qualified Plentific electricians once you have finished the job. However, all too often, incompetent people who think they know what they are doing end up putting themselves, and their families, at risk.
Here are the main reasons why DIY enthusiasts should never work with electrics:
You Might Die
Do we have your attention? It sounds obvious, but there is a very real danger that you could end up electrocuting yourself. You may also electrocute a member of your family if you incorrectly wire something up. Do you really want to take such a risk?
Dodgy electrics cause fires. This is why, every year, cheap Christmas lights from discount shops end up causing house fires. An electrical fire will start when you least expect it, usually because a circuit is overloaded and wiring gets hot. Fires kill, and if the problem is down to your electrical work, you are at fault.
Building Regs. Violations
Electrical work is strictly regulated. All electrical installations must be signed off by a qualified electrician, or they are technically illegal. If you are planning on selling your home at some point, this is very important.
If you make a mess of an electrical installation, it will be costly to fix because you might have damaged a circuit or blown the consumer unit. Do you want to take that risk? Sure, it will be cheaper to DIY, but if you don’t know what you are doing, it will be a lot more expensive to fix the damage.
Installing the Wrong Product
Qualified electricians can advise you which LED lights to fit or whether an existing circuit can cope with extra power outlets. If you install the wrong product or overload a circuit, it could cause a fire.
If you don’t have a clue about electrics, always look for a suitably qualified electrician in your area. Obtain a few quotes and check their qualifications with the appropriate regulatory body.
Remember, if you don’t use a qualified electrician to complete the work in your home, it will also devalue the property, as any future buyer could use dodgy electrics as a bargaining tool to drive the purchase price down.
From time to time we publish original guest articles. The above article was written and pictures provided by Joao Pedro De Sousa.