Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Avoid These DIY Mistakes

We all want to save some money whenever we can, which is why a lot of people take on do-it-yourself projects. Take electrical projects, for instance. It can be very expensive to hire an electrician so many try to take on the electrical work in their home themselves.
Do-it-yourself electrical projects requires a lot of planning and preparation. Although do-it-yourself projects tend to be cheaper, this is only true if you have adequate knowledge and sufficient time to prepare and plan for it; otherwise, mistakes can be costly and get you in serious trouble. In the case of a do-it-yourself electrical project gone awry, it can be expensive to fix a badly done wire job than hiring a licensed electrical contractor to do the job from scratch.
Majority of home owners try to save money by fixing small electrical wiring jobs in their house themselves. They may be minor electrical tasks, there is still the danger of electrical shock. Electrical shock isn't the only thing do-it-yourself homeowners should be concerned about when they decide to undertake electrical projects themselves. There is also the risk of electrical fire. More often than not, it is still more prudent -- and safer -- to let the professionals handle electrical work.
While it is admirable to take on home improvement jobs yourself, there are just some things you shouldn't be doing unless you are a licensed professional. Here are 5 of the most common and costly mistakes committed by homeowners who decide to undertake those DIY electrical projects.
1. You would think it's fairly obvious but believe it or not, thousands of homeowners sustain injuries from electric shocks every year from working on live wires. Don't become a statistic; make sure you turn off the circuit breaker -- or better yet, remove the fuse - before you work on or replace electrical equipment.
2. It's not a good idea to splice wires by twisting them together and then covering them with electrical tape. It's better to use wiring that is most appropriate to the wiring connections in your home. This helps reduce the risk of fire.
3. Electrical jobs require time, attention and concentration. Many rush through electrical tasks or don't bother spending sufficient time to finish the work.
4. Don't compromise on the quality of the materials you buy for a DIY electrical project. It is much better to do the job right the first time with quality materials as doing so can save you more money instead of using sub-standard materials and sloppy work.
5. Many do-it-yourself homeowners do not know their own limitations, and this can prove to be costly and dangerous when they undertake electrical projects themselves. For instance, taping together the wrong wires can cause a major electrical fire when they turn the electricity back on.
While doing electrical wiring in your home yourself does have some advantages, electrical work does have some risks. Among all DIY home improvement projects, electrical projects are perhaps the most risky ones, and are in most cases, best left to professionals.

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