Even When You're Handy: Electrical Work You Should Never Try On Your Own

While you may have the skills to change out an outlet box, knowing when to call an electrician for work that needs to be done in your home is important. Regardless of how handy you are, some electrical work needs to be left up to the professionals. Problems arise when you are working on an electrical project without knowing the potential harm to you. Saving a few dollars isn't worth an electrical shock. Turning off the circuit breaker and installing a new light is the extent of what any homeowner should be doing when it comes to electricity in the home.

Stay Out of the Breaker Box

The only thing you need to know how to do in your breaker box is how to reset any breakers that have tripped. If you're tempted to work on the service lugs, you need to know that it is not possible to turn off the electricity to the lugs by shutting off the circuit breaker. Leave any work inside the box to a licensed electrician.

Don't Touch the Weatherhead

The weatherhead is a pole or other structure that is used to provide your home power from the utility pole. While it may be on your house, this is not something you should touch. It doesn't matter if you simply want to straighten the pole. It is always dangerous to touch the weatherhead and can lead to a life threatening shock. Trying to secure the weatherhead by tightening any bolts that are loose is simply asking for trouble if you don't know what you are doing.

Don't Fix Your Appliances

While you may believe that an appliance is safe to work on because it's unplugged, you are wrong. Appliances often contain a capacitor, and this device holds electricity to help your appliance start up faster. While cutting the power to the appliance won't give it any more power, it isn't going to discharge the power in the capacitor. A metal object, such as a tool, touched on the capacitor can discharge the electricity right into your body.

Electricity is powerful. When you get a shock of high voltage, you can die from electrocution. While you may know how to shut the power off and install new lights in your bathroom, this is far different from knowing how to fix problems in your circuit breaker box. Leave dangerous work up to the professionals, and call an electrician when you have work you shouldn't do on your own.

For more information, contact local professionals like Morris Electric Contracting & Service, Inc.


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