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Why electrical DIY may not be such a good idea!

Posted by Simon Caddy Electrical on 14 August 2017
Why electrical DIY may not be such a good idea!

Electrical work is no novice work!

A reputable and licensed electrician has had the correct theoretical and practical training that allows them to carry out their jobs in a professional and safe manner.

There are too many accounts of people wanting to DIY their electrical jobs where it ends in accidents ranging from minor electrical burns to more tragic outcomes.

While DIY projects may result in pride and sense of accomplishment, when it comes to electrical work, a simple mistake will have serious consequences.

What goes wrong in electrical DIY projects?

Electricians undergo an enormous amount of training in order to earn their licenses and certifications that they need to do their work.

That's because mistakes could not only be dangerous for them, but also for anyone in the homes or buildings they're working on.

Even if you know your way around the circuit box, here's what can happen if you get it wrong;

  • Electrocution. Though the term is sometimes misapplied to non-fatal electrical shock, electrocution is when a person is killed by electrical current flowing through the body.  The voltage in ordinary residential electrical wiring can be life threatening.
  • Electrical shock. While not immediately fatal, a serious electrical shock can lead to additional side effects, including seizures, breathing difficulty and cardiac arrest.
  • Burns. Even minor shocks will almost always result in some sort of contact burn, and these can be severe.
  • Property destruction. Even if you come away unharmed, that doesn't mean your home will be so lucky.  Faulty electrical work can spark fires.

Hiring a qualified electrician can actually save you money

One of the most common reasons why electrical novices attempt this sort of work is to save money.  But that plan can easily backfire even if no one gets hurt in the process.

Poorly performed electrical work can spark destructive fires.  It can also fry circuits, destroy fixtures and even damage major appliances.  When things go wrong, the cost of repairs is usually several times what it would cost to hire an electrician in the first place.

Making matters much worse, a homeowners insurance will typically ask for confirmation that electrical work was performed by a licensed electrician before covering any damage from a related event.

If the insurance company learns that you did the work on your own to save a few dollars, you could lose your claim or even invalidate your policy. 

Be sure you understand your full policy details before engaging in DIY work.

Don't take chances, always use a qualified, licensed, reputable and experienced electrician for your electrical work around the office and home.

Don't leave electrical safety to chance contact Simon Caddy Electrical today by calling 0400 110081 for a no obligation consultation.

We service the Upper North Shore area including Hornsby, Wahroonga, Pymble, Turramurra, Killara, Lindfield, Roseville, Chatswood down to North Sydney.

Author:Simon Caddy Electrical
About: Simon Caddy Electrical is an experienced and qualified electrical company providing a wide range of services, including 24 hour, 7 day a week emergency response. Operating out of Hornsby we cover Sydney's North Shore, Northern Suburbs, Northern Beaches and parts of the Central Coast. We provide a vast range of electrical services to commercial, industrial and domestic clients in accordance with all relevant Australian standards.
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