DIY vs. Handyman vs. Licensed Electrician:

DIY vs. Handyman vs. Licensed Electrician:

Compare Your Options

Many people enjoy doing their own home improvements.  This DIY work can be very rewarding if they have the skills and tools.  It feels good to have done it yourself and it is a great way to save money. Some may think electrical work can be done just as easy as other home improvement projects.  When working on items electrical related, you should think twice.  The hazards can be lethal and catastrophic.

Some risks include:

  • Fire: Hundreds of electrical fires are caused every year by unstable wiring systems and improper connections.
  • Bodily Injury or Fatalities: When a job isn’t performed correctly, electricity can cause serious injury or safety hazards to persons or property.  Experienced electricians implement safety aspects when dealing with electricity.
  • Property Damage: Frying or melting the wires of the appliance or equipment, or the wiring inside the walls.  Insurance companies, in most states, will not pay for any damages if electrical work is not done by a professional, licensed and insured electrician.

A successful electrical project involves more than a “can-do” attitude.  A handyman is an affordable alternative to DIY labor, but should only be relied upon for minor renovations and repair services, such as replacing an outlet or upgrading a lighting system.  Usually, a handyman has no formal training.

A licensed electrician is a trained professional who can complete complex and otherwise dangerous electrical projects to meet building and electrical codes.  While the price tag may be higher than a DIY or handyman-led project, the efficiency and professionalism that comes with hiring a licensed electrician means your project may be completed much faster than another solution.  Plus, licensed electricians are bonded and insured, meaning you can rest easy knowing your property and safety are protected long after they complete your project.

All in all, certifications and licensing matters.  It’s unwise to trust anything besides a small electrical project to untrained hands, so if you’re getting ready to begin work on an electrical project that may feel out of your range of expertise, it is wise to call a trained electrician to get their take.  Contact the trained professionals in the CurrentSAFE network today to learn more and to get your project started on the right foot.

August 2, 2017

Lightning Strike/Electrical Surge Megger Testing

Lightning Strike/Electrical Surge Megger Testing

Megger testing can be an important part of an EHD test on a house struck by lightning.  As we know, the megger test tests the insulation of the wires on a circuit.  During an EHD on a house that’s been struck or surged, megger testing should be one of, if not the first test you perform.  It will give us a good understanding of the damage that may encounter during the test.