If you’re one of those homeowners who is caught in the DIY trend, you may find that there’s no easy route to anything. There will always be some sort of problem when you choose to do your own home improvements. This is especially true when it comes to home improvements that require altering or adding some electrical wiring. Although you can get away with some basic wiring setups, it’s not applicable every time. Certainly not for the faint of heart. That’s why it is always best to call in an electrician to get the task properly sorted out.
First off, you need to consider that in some states you may be required to get a permit before you can get some electrical work done for your home. Minor work may not need a permit, but for a major home renovation, a permit may be necessary. It’s always a good idea to consult with your local electrical authority first.
Ask your local electrical contractor
Things, like adding a new lighting fixture, converting old fuse boxes into circuit breakers, or adding a garage door receptacle, may require a permit before you can proceed. You may also need to get a permit for additions like alarm or computer systems. The laws are different for each state. You could always ask your local electrical authority or ask an electrician. Since these professionals deal with these kind of things for a living, they are well aware of when you need a permit or not.
When doing a task that involves electrical wiring, be sure that the circuit breaker is turned off or that the wiring you’re working on has been isolated and is not connected to a live line. Always double check. Remember to test the wires for electrical connection before proceeding with your work. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. A few redundant steps won’t hurt.
Use a multimeter to check if there’s electricity running through your wires. A helping hand would also be beneficial, keeping you from running back and forth turning the circuit breaker on and off. Remember to always turn the breaker off before working. You could also tape it off so no one tries to turn it back on while you’re working.
You won’t be able to turn off the electricity from the electrical distribution panel. Don’t handle this part at all if you’re not a certified electrician. Your electrical company usually is the only entity that is allowed to alter this connection. If you have any problem with your electrical distribution panel, call your electric company right away.
Lastly, when you are working with electrical wiring, be sure that you are wearing dry clothes, safety gloves, and you are in a dry environment. In case there’s water on the ground, be sure to provide some sort of insulation, like rubber mats. If you are uncertain of how to proceed, always call a professional Florence electrician.
Call Florence Electrician Pros if you have any electrical-related problems.
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