With so many people being interested in home improvement, it’s no wonder that DIYers are increasing. One way of learning how to DIY something is through following online guides and tutorials to complete quick fixes around the house. But with all of these newbies jumping into this world where mistakes can cost them their homes or even lives, there needs to be a guide on what not to do if you’re planning for your first fix-up job.
With electrical faults happening for homeowners frequently, most homeowners know they’ll need an electrician eventually – but sometimes things happen too quickly for our efforts! Unfortunately, though (and maybe fortunately?), we often make basic errors, like isolating one breaker before turning off another, which leads us to potentially fatal consequences.
1. Wrong wires – extremely high gauge (that can’t absorb the heat)
When it comes to electrical mistakes, the most common type is one in which you do not have proper wiring connections. So, what are some examples of these? For instance, maybe there was a wrong connection of unprotected and uncovered wires, or you might’ve made an incorrect grounding wire with other equipment. You may also find yourself making too many cables under one terminal, as well as your cable’s insulation being poor quality! It can be challenging to avoid all types, but make sure that when working on this particular task, please take time to consider any possible error along the way, so you don’t end up hurting anyone later on down the line.
2. Outlets are overloading
To be safe and limit any risk, it is best to know about wiring before starting your project. It’s also essential that the wire gauge matches with the original current or voltage to prevent circuit overloads which could cause unreliable connections. Circuit overloads can happen when there are too many devices plugged into one outlet at a time, so if this has frequently been happening for you, then maybe it would be wise to call an electrician first thing the following day. They will find out what’s wrong quickly and efficiently while providing surge protection – just in case lightning strikes again!
3. Choosing the wrong switches & outlets
When you live in a home, it is inevitable that at some point, the sockets and switches will loosen. The perfect time to fix this issue is when there are loose outlets or wires near other objects; because if they knock anything off of the wall, then not only do you risk having an accident, but also your wiring could become exposed from where it’s connected. The best way to prevent these issues? Fitting new electrical fittings into the property, or even replacing currently loosened switches with functional ones. Fitting switches and fixtures is a job that anyone can do with enough experience. But the work needs to be done right if you want it to last for years without problems!
4. Too often replacement of fuses
Sometimes fuses need replacing, and breakers may be required to prevent danger. Replacing these features too frequently is not only time-consuming, but it also confirms that there’s an underlying issue. Calling a local electrician is vital as they will treat the fuse box and electrical panel while temporarily disconnecting your home from the National Energy Grid for insurance purposes.
The output should focus on how important it can be to call a professional when changing out old or outdated parts of an electrical system to avoid potential dangers such as fires or power surges. DIYers must be aware of the problems they might cause by ignoring their property’s electrical panel. Without it, there will be a significant decrease in safety and reliability for both your home or business’ usage!
5. Leaving cables exposed
When DIY-ing, it is only natural to seek a fast and cheap solution. Sadly, cutting corners can cost lives – exposed wiring is one of the main examples. Exposed wires are not just an eyesore, but also increase the likelihood of further faults in your circuit; this includes fatal accidents that stem from contact with items such as cords, switches, or appliances (even when cables are located overhead). The appropriate housing should always protect them even if they’re suspended high up in ceilings: over 70% of electrical injuries come about because people touch the exposed wire!
Your home is where you lay your head, so be sure to do it in the safest way possible with professional-grade electrical safety.
If you want to ensure your home is safe, contact us, and we will be able to analyze the electrical in your house.