With the abundance of home improvement tv shows available these days, people have become obsessed with DIY projects – which is all well and good, until you try doing your own electrical work. Usually, completing a home improvement project will save you money and you will have finished a satisfying day’s work, but electrical work is much more risky than painting walls or fitting cupboards. You can easily cause an electrical fire or electrocute yourself, and if your patchy DIY job creates an electrical hazard in the building you could even be fined. Luckily, the expert electrical contractors at Prime Time Electricians have put together a guide so you can figure out what work is safe to complete on your own, and when it’s time to call a professional.
DIY work is incredibly useful, and if you’re confident and skilled enough you can often save yourself a lot of money by completing home projects on your own – but electrical work is different. Most of the time, you will be preserving your safety and avoiding costly fines by calling a professional electrician instead. There are a few jobs that are okay to complete on your own, as long as you’re knowledgeable about doing your own electrical work – these include:
Australia is a lot stricter than some other countries when it comes to doing your own electrical work, and most repair or replacement jobs that you think will be fine are actually illegal. You may be wondering what the chances are of being caught, and thinking it’s worth the risk, but what if things don’t go to plan? If anyone gets injured you could be facing an enormous fine or even jail time. Perhaps you’re basing this on the fact that the local electrical supplies store – such as Bunnings – is fully stocked with everything you need to complete any electrical repair job, but this doesn’t mean you’re qualified to use the products yourself.
The DIY electrical repairs that are illegal in Australia include:
There are also multiple dangers when you’re carrying out electrical repairs without knowing what you’re doing, you could electrocute yourself, cause an electrical fire, or make an electrical hazard that may hurt one of your family members. So basically, if the job you want to complete is not on our list of safe DIY electrical work, you probably shouldn’t try to fix it on your own – unless you’re a licensed professional.
Sometimes it’s best to just call a reliable, qualified electrical contractor, so you can avoid all the hassle and stress of figuring out whether or not the electrical work is safe to carry out on your own. You will be ensuring the safety of you, your family, or your employees, and probably avoiding larger costs down the track. Licensed electricians are expertly trained and can guarantee the reliability and quality of their electrical work. You can be sure your work has been completed to a high standard by checking that you will receive an Electrical Safety Certificate within 28 days of the work.
When you’re choosing your qualified electrician in Perth, you don’t need to look further than Prime Time Electricians. We can complete expert electrical safety inspections to ensure your house is safe, and our licensed and experienced team will fix any electrical issues that may have occurred. To learn more about our services, contact our friendly team today.