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DIY Electrical Work Isn't Always the Best Idea

When it comes to home repair, there are things you can do yourself. Certain plumbing and HVAC issues can be remedied with a bit of care and research, and you might have some previous experience in tuning up your air conditioner or fixing a leaky faucet. While it can save you time and money to "do it yourself," there are some projects that are best left to the professionals. Electrical wiring projects can be both intricate and dangerous, and the experts at Dipple want you and your family to be safe from shock and fire hazards. When you have a wiring emergency or need new electrical outlet installed, contact us right away.

Electrical Tape Isn't Always the Answer

It's a common saying that "duct tape fixes everything" and while this may be true, it doesn't necessarily extend to electrical tape. When used properly, electrical tape can be effective, but unless you know where and how to place it, it can actually cause more of a problem than provide a benefit. Twisting wires together and binding them with electrical tape can actually lead to bad connections. Loose connections can generate heat, which means the risk of fire can increase.

Crossing Your Wires

There are hundreds of feet of electrical wire in your home, and if they get crossed or aren't connected properly, your lights and appliances may not work correctly. If you decide to add new wiring, but cross the wires, you could end up with a light switch that does nothing or an outlet that doesn't work. This can be especially problematic in places such as staircases that have switches at both the top and the bottom. You also need to be sure you're using the proper gauge of wire to avoid problems such as overheating or melting insulation. These hazards can also arise if the wire isn't properly sheathed or covered.

Outdoor Wiring

Some homeowners may decide that they want more dedicated outlets or lights on the exterior of their home. While improving your backyard lighting can improve your home's appeal, if not done correctly, it can lead to potential hazards. One common problem is a new outlet that doesn't have a Ground-Fault Interrupter (GFI) button that trips the outlet when water is present. Without a GFI button, water could cause potential electrical problems, making your outdoor lighting malfunction, or worse.

If you're thinking about rewiring a section of your home, or you need to add a ceiling fan to a certain room, be sure to evaluate whether or not it's safer to do it yourself, or to hire a professional. The last thing we want is for something to happen to you or a member of your family, and we promise to provide the very best electrical service when you need it most. Contact us today to talk with a licensed electrician who can answer all of your questions and come to your home to make sure everything is done safely and up to code.

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