Have you ever tried to do a home improvement job yourself to save some cash? Of course you have! Most homeowners have a little D-I-Y spirit in them and tackling a problem yourself can be convenient and quick. With the rise of Youtube’s How To videos and Pintrest’s step-by-step guides, you can usually find some help for whatever needs doing just by looking around online. There are a couple of areas, however, that no homeowner should try to DIY.
One of the easiest examples of something better left to the professionals is electrical work! Even the most industrious and skilled homeowners should avoid tampering with any of their home’s wiring. Not only is it seriously complicated, it is also seriously dangerous, and not taking it seriously enough can result in getting electrocuted. Even most contracts don’t deal with electricity, since even to someone trained and experienced in a related field, any running power at all poses a huge risk.
If you call an electrician, you can be fairly sure that they know what they’re doing and will be able to handle any hurdles that your home throws at them. Reading reviews online and looking for testimonials are good ways to evaluate how skilled an electrician is before you call, and if you see many positive reviews you can know that you have found a reliable business.
At A Plus Garage Doors, we deal with electrical work every time we install or repair a garage door opener. In the case of most commercial openers, the original work done on-site was performed correctly and we’re correcting an unrelated problem. In some residential homes, however, we’ve encountered some real monsters of wiring jobs! Whenever an inexperienced homeowner gets it into their head that they can handle every part of a technical installation like a garage door, we often see some very creative work as a result.
This wiring job in a house for sale in Everett, WA, is unsafe for a number of reasons, and presents a real hazard to anyone living here. This opener wasn’t exactly wired to comply with fire code, and if your home has a similar example of creative electrical work, it might be a good idea to have a professional examine it for safety, especially if you’re thinking of selling your home.
If you’re updating your home and run into an electrical problem, call an expert instead of doing electrical work yourself! Home DIY is a great option when putting some new nail-holes in your wall or painting furniture, but when you’re playing with electricity it is always better to get an expert involved.
What’s the worst DIY you’ve ever seen? Was it your fail, or someone you know? Let us know in the comments below or by sharing this blog using the buttons on the left side of the page!