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Restrictions on Electrical Work

Most electrical work that you might need done is technically fairly easy. Bending a wire, tightening a screw, and wrapping a little electrical tape are rocket science but we should give credit where credit is due... a licensed electrician has expertise well beyond a typical homeowner's. A licensed electrician is a master at determining the wiring needs of a particular home. He will make sure all wiring and fixtures comply with applicable electrical codes. His job is to provide your home with adequate power in the safest way possible.

However, a home handyman with common sense, good tool skills, and a comprehensive book on electrical repair can do many electrical repairs safely and efficiently but it is very important to know the rules and regulations of your local area regarding electrical work. In many areas, there are limitations on the type of work an unlicensed person may do... including the homeowner. In many places, there are distinctions made between what an unlicensed homeowner can do and what an unlicensed tradesperson can legally do. For example, a homeowner that has received the proper permits may be allowed to wire an addition to his or her home. If he wanted to hire someone to do the work, however, he might be required to hire a licensed electrician for this work.

There are also distinctions made within types of electrical work. Appliance installation is often not restricted electrical work if the original wiring and connection was made by a licensed electrician.

Included in the list of factors that influence local codes are:

Local environment conditions such as earthquakes and tornados, water table level, amount of rainfall, general humidity, soil conditions and types of materials available. Densely populated areas tend to have electrical codes severely limiting homeowner electrical work because many people can be put in danger if you make an error. Codes in rural areas are often less strict, allowing for more owner involvement I the work.

Of all the repairs that you may do around the home yourself, the most potentially devastating mistakes are in faulty electrical wiring. Many house fires are caused by poor wiring techniques, substandard materials, faulty extension cords, or defective electrical appliances. The trouble lies in the fact that electrical work may seem quite simple but small mistakes can cause quick and severe consequences. Poor wiring techniques can cause shock hazards that may not be evident until an accident happens.

It has been said that the most dangerous of all electrical work is when the previous electrical work was done by an amateur.

Quality electrical work is based on consistency and uniformity. That is why there is a code, so everyone is clear on the correct and incorrect way to perform an electrical repair or installation. If all homes were wired according to a random standard, no one could ever know without x-ray vision how to troubleshoot a circuit?

You should not be discouraged from learning and increasing your skills. But doing any electrical work without the necessary knowledge and skills is always best left to the professionals.

There should be one rule that is never broken under any circumstance when it comes to dealing with electricity. NEVER CUT A CORNER WHEN IT COMES TO ELECTRICAL REPAIR.

There are no exceptions to this rule. Always meet or exceed, any code standard for the type of work you are doing. Get educated, read, get advice from your local building inspector, or hire a licensed electrician if you are not 100% clear as to what you need to do. But please don't put your or your family’s life at risk to save a few bucks. It is just not worth it.
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