9 Things Never To Do To Your House Or Apartment


7) Don’t be your own electrician

Sure, we love YouTube, and all those people who tell us how easy it is to rewire your own house, or install a surround sound system throughout the house. However, beyond all the extra stuff not mentioned in those videos, such as licenses, permits and inspections there is plenty of good reason to not do your own electrical work.

The first thing you need to remember is that an electrician has the experience to deal with problems they face in the work they perform. They also have the experience to realize a problem exists. While, you electrical DIYers out there may be able to follow step by step directions, you may miss out on some key observations that tell you a bigger problem exists in your wiring. The other consideration is that a qualified electrician has the tools—the right tools—to do the job correctly. Now, I’m not saying this is you, but there are a lot of people out there who feel it is okay to use a soup can as a hammer, or kitchen scissors to cut a live wire.  As a nonprofessional we seem to feel invincible to the effects of arc-flash, live wires, and the occasional shock. All things that can, and often do, kill humans, in case you were wondering.