3 DIY Electrical Repairs That Are Simple And Could Save You Money

Posted on: 8 December 2017

There are many problems that you may have with the electrical wiring in your home. Some of the repairs you may want to do in your home, but with caution, while others you will want to have the help of a professional electrical service. Here are some tips that will help you stay safe while doing DIY electrical repairs for your home:

1.Making Sure Electrical Service Is Turned Off Before Repairs

When you are doing DIY electrical repairs, you never want to work with live wires. The first thing that you should do is turn off the breaker to the area where you are working. If you have a fuse box, you will want to remove the fuse in this area. In some case, there may not be clearly marked circuits on fuse and breaker boxes, which you will want to turn off the main power to your home in these cases. It is often best to turn off all the power in your home before you begin doing repairs.

2. Testing Electrical Wiring for Current Before Doing Any Repairs 

Sometimes, it can be difficult to know whether electrical wires are hot (carry live current). To ensure that you are going to be safe when working with electrical wiring, use a tester tool or electrical meter to test the wires before you begin working with them. If they are hot, then you may want to turn off the main power to complete the repairs. If you need to use some power tools, use cordless tools, so you do not need to use the electrical power in your home.

3. Avoiding Contact with Live Electrical Wires While Doing Repairs

Another problem that you may have to deal with is working around other hot wires. You want to be careful with other electrical wires near where you are working. Make sure you do not contact these wires because it can cause injury if they are hot. If you are using power tools like saws and drills, make sure to use caution around any electrical wiring, because touching the live wires can injure you, as well as cause damage to electrical tools.

These are some tips that will help you stay safe when doing DIY electrical repairs in your home. If there are electrical repairs that you cannot handle on your own, contact a professional electrician like those at Central Heating and Cooling Inc to help you safely complete the needed repairs and improvements.