There are many jobs we would like to carry out around the house, and at the same time save some money on employing professionals. It’s great to learn how to do things yourself, but… this is not always a good idea.
An article on the This is Money website gives some guidance on DIY and when you should call in the specialists.
Do you really know how to install that heated flooring?
With the growing trend in DIY and saving money there are a multitude of options available for heating the home. The number of people using a floor heating company for their Underfloor Heating (UFH) is increasing. Most of the installation work can be carried out by a DIY expert though the need for a qualified electrician should always be acknowledged. Although many people think they can carry out wiring themselves just by watching a video online this is not necessarily the case.
Do you have the right equipment?
The Government website for the Health and Safety Executive says that any electrician working or testing equipment must be fully qualified to carry out the work in hand and should also have their own tools and test equipment in good working order. Skills include training to the right level for the job in hand, regular re-assessment and being able to use their test meters properly. You cannot perform a competent test if you do not have the appropriate tools.
Basic testing of appliances
If a kettle doesn’t work, does the plug or fuse need changing? Many people will have tried at some point in their lives to repair a supposed faulty lead on a kettle or vacuum cleaner. The problem with carrying out this type of basic repair is that if something goes wrong with the appliance after you have repaired it, you will have no redress. And while it may seem like common sense to turn the electricity off before installing a water filter, you should get into the habit of double-checking when testing any appliance. Safety comes first, especially when it comes to electricity and you have to be confident that you are safe. You should therefore ensure that if you have any electrical work to be carried out then you should contact a qualified electrician.
Looking for the obvious
When starting a job in someone’s house or business it is important that you have planned the work schedule and brought the appropriate materials for the work. There is nothing more embarrassing than if you are due to carry out some work but then have to disappear to buy the right fixings. This should all be organized before you start the job and will save you time and money at the same time. It will also make you look that little bit more professional.
The ultimate toolbox
Any electrician amateur or professional is only as good as their tools. You should always have wire strippers, an ammeter, spools of solder and soldering iron, as well as assorted pairs of tweezers or pliers in your toolbox. It’s also important to always be aware of the latest health and safety regulations.
Remember, electricians are indispensable as a result of their training and expertise. There are no short cuts or hacks when it comes to this essential power. Electricity can kill and electrical work should not be taken lightly.