Why You Should do Your Own Small Electrical Repairs
April 15, 2019
Homeowners that are confident when it comes to fixing their home can get scared when it comes to working on electrical systems. Basic electrical problems are easy to fix and can be done by most homeowners.
It’s like taking your car to the garage to change the oil and filter, this is something you could do yourself with basic tools, yet you choose to go to a mechanic but its convenient. This is the same as doing electrical repairs in your home. You could hire an electrician for the sake of convenience, but to save yourself some money and time you could do this task yourself. Here are some reasons why:
It saves time – Any simple fixes, like replacing an outlet, can be done in less than half an hour!
It’s safe – As long as everything is switched off, and you’ve tested this with a voltage tester, then you will be able to work safely.
Electricians aren’t cost-effective for small jobs – To replace an outlet an electrician might charge you around £150 for two hours of service but electrical outlets only cost £5 - £15. This means that the electrician is charging nearly 10 times as much for labour than materials. For bigger jobs it’s fine to hire an electrician.
To make sure the job you are doing is safe to do, follow these procedures:
Turn off the circuit breaker – Find the panel and flip off the circuit breaker that is related to the circuit you will be working on, instructions might be on the inside of the panel door. Check that the instruction are correct before following them, as the circuits might have been changed without updating the notes.
Check an outlet with a tester – Before using the tester make sure that it works by go near a live outlet and the tester should beep or flash to indicate that the outlet is live. Turn on the voltage tester and slide the flat end of the tester to the outlet your intent to work on. The tester shouldn’t beep or flash. To test a switch, you need to remove the switch and then touch the tester to the sides of the wires to make sure they aren’t live.
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