When to Fix-It-Yourself and When to Call an Electrician

Messing with electrical appliances and components is serious business. Hello, my name is George Tanner. I’m a retired electrician. I can’t even begin to tell you how many horror stories I heard over the years of working as an electrician. People who thought they could quickly fix something in their homes but never should have even tried. Some got hurt and others were lucky. My goal here is to provide you with some guidelines as to what electrical malfunctions are easily fixable by nearly any adult, and what you should never attempt on your own. One thing you are going to hear me stress more than once is that electrical components are not to be taken lightly. We protect our children from them; we also have to protect ourselves. I hope you find this blog to be helpful!

Rebuilding Electrical Layouts After Massive Outages


If your building's wiring has been ruined by massive electrical damage from storms, fires or electrical surges from inside the property, you can turn the misfortune into an excellent opportunity to make your building a lot more safe and efficient. Consider a few techniques for improvement that an electrician could work on for your home or business.

Dividing Electrical Load For Safety

Electrical design has come a long way in just 20 years. Many new advances in wire placement, safety cutoffs and energy efficiency have made it easier for electricians to divide your building's electrical burdens as needed.

The key point of division is the electrical fuse box. Your building's electrical 'circuits' are wires that all converge to this box, which can be used to shutoff certain electrical paths such as the kitchen, bathroom or specific bedrooms. It can also be used to shut off the entire building's power.

The problem is that one electrical circuit means you have one point of failure. An electrical disaster inside the building can affect all of the devices and wiring. An electrician can build an entirely separate circuit and fuse box in order to divide the danger.

Such divisions are also better on the wiring. Electricity is a powerful force to be reckoned with and generates a lot of heat. The wiring has to be designed to handle certain electrical loads and are far from unlimited. By dividing the circuits, you reduce the overall electrical load of the wires.

An electrician can also wire a new electrical meter if you'd like to divide electrical bills into specific rooms or purposes. This is useful if you're converting a building into an apartment complex, creating a home office or giving exact bill responsibility to a live-in relative.

Make Computer Networks More Elegant

If you're hiring an electrician to break into the walls and change electrical wires, you may as well get some computer work done as well. Even though wireless mobile devices are a big part of modern technology, there still isn't a substitute for a consistent, wired Internet connection for many purposes. 

Instead of dragging cables all across the floor and creating trip hazards, an electrician can route the cables through the walls. It doesn't matter if you're using the standard Ethernet cables or fiber optic cables; a trained electrician can handle the cabling properly or--in the case of fragile fiber optic cables--contract a colleague who can.

The job is suitable for an electrician, but not at all simple for your standard computer expect. To safely run electrical wiring through the walls, an electrician needs to locate and avoid certain wires that emit high temperatures.

Many network cables are covered with an anti-interference shielding. The materials in the shielding are often toxic if burned, and a high-temperature wire may create a slow burn with toxic fumes that can make occupants sick for long periods of time with no easy indicators to detect. 

To perform the electrical work safely, get in contact with an electrician and discuss your necessary wiring upgrades.


10 April 2015