DIY vs Handyman vs Qualified Electrician, What’s The Difference?
Some projects are perfect for the do-it-yourself homeowner. Others, not so much.
Most homeowners should never attempt DIY electrical work unless you have experience in the electrical field. Electricity is extremely complicated and dangerous; the risks are many.
But how do you know who to trust? What if your friend offers you a bargain for a little extra cash – should you trust they know what they’re doing? Or how about hiring a handyman for a few projects around the home – will they do the best job possible?
It’s difficult to know.
A handyman might be able to handle the electrical job you have. Or they might not. How are you to know?
With most electrical projects, the work is covered up by wire junction boxes or limited access locations. You can’t see the work that was performed, so you have little to base the level of work.
As electricians, we’ve seen just about every level of work possible when we’re called on a job site. We’ve seen connections made with paper clips and cellophane tape. We’ve seen high voltage wires cut and fully exposed, ready and waiting to pose a fire or shock hazard.
And of course as a homeowner, you know nothing about it. Out of sight, out of mind.
With all electrical projects, codes need to be met to ensure safety for both you and your property. That includes many of the average maintenance projects you take on each year.
- Circuit Breaker Upgrades – Especially when adding new appliance or upgrading and remodeling your home to add more power.
- Adding Outlets, USB Ports, and GVCI Receptacles – Often added as we increase the number of electronics and technology throughout the home. Especially a concern in older homes, where wiring might not be up to code in the first place.
- Outdoor Lighting – The perfect addition to the new patio, unless it increases fire and safety hazards.
- Replacing Light Fixtures – You got a great deal online. The light is perfect above your dining space. But is it up to code? Is the amperage of the circuit enough to cover the wattage of your new light?
To ensure the safety and security of your family and your home, call in an electrician every time. When it comes to electrical work, you don’t want to mess around. An amateur job can have disastrous consequences.