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!

2 Renovations That A Home Electrician Can Do For You


Choosing to renovate your home is a fantastic decision that can benefit you in many different ways. However, certain renovations are best left to a professional, such as an electrician. Hiring an electrician to complete a home theater or security system is a great way to ensure that you have nice and effective system in place.

Home Theater

Home theaters are great home renovations because they can boost your home's value, provide a great entertaining space when you have guests over, and provide a relaxing place for you to play video games or watch movies. The key to a great home theater is to make sure that the system is set up in such a way that you do not have unsightly wires hanging all over the place.

An electrician can help you route all of your home theater wires through the walls so that your home theater room looks as clean as possible. In addition, the contractor can route these wires so that they do not run into any sources of interference, such as being too close to poorly shielded cables, outlets, and electrical wiring.

This is an important reason to hire an electrician, mostly because your home theater might as well be worthless if the wires are perfectly hidden, but interference is present. Interference can quickly ruin a home theater experience by causing distorted audio and video signals. 

Security System

While a security system is a great way to secure your home, it can be tricky to install one yourself and have it be as effective as one installed by an alarm company. The reason for this is that you will need to be very careful to avoid any sources of interference, while still placing each of the components in the most effective areas so that they can detect intruders.

A home electrician will be able to help you by installing each of the components and mitigating the effects of interference by routing the cables around electrical wiring, which can be a major source of interference. In order to avoid wireless interference, the electrician will mount the components in areas where the wireless signal will not be blocked by certain materials, such as metal. In addition, if the best place for a component of the security system is located in an area without access to a convenient outlet, the electrician will be able to install an outlet or wire the component directly into your house's electrical system.

Speak to an electrician today in order to get his or her assistance with a wide range of home renovations. A security system and home theater are just two great renovation choices that an electrician can install quickly and effectively.


16 April 2015