Electrical Jobs You Can DIY

Electricity is vital to the modern lifestyle. Our parents and grandparents may have just muttered a bit and lit candles when there was a power cut, but today, how many of us even have candles in the house? When the power goes out, many of us feel stuck – with no entertainment options, and in some cases no communication options!

Considering electricity is so important, wouldn’t it be nice if you knew a bit more about it? Would you feel better if you weren’t forced to trawl the yellow pages for an electrician in Derby every time something blew in the house?

Some electrical jobs should only be attempted by a trained professional, but there are others that do lend themselves to DIY, for example:

1. Replacing elements: When the element in your oven blows, dig out the manual and follow the instructions for replacing it. You could save a fortune over standard care charges (don’t forget to isolate it from the mains first).

2. Replacing fuses: This may sound like a basic one, but there are many people that have never replaced a fuse in a fuse box! Just make sure you swap fuses for similar amperages – and turn the power off first!

3. Replacing plugs: Learn which wire goes where in a plug – it’s an invaluable piece of knowledge to have.

4. Soldering: Knowing how to use a soldering iron is another useful skill. It’s a bad idea (and could be dangerous) to try soldering inside anything marked “no user serviceable parts”, but if a resistor snaps on a kid’s toy, being able to solder it back on will make you a hero.

5. Replacing a ceiling light: These don’t break often, but when they do, it would save you a lot to be able to replace it yourself.

The above jobs are all fairly simple ones, but they do require an understanding of how electrical systems work, and how to stay safe while working with them. Keep electricity and water away from each other, never work with an appliance while it’s plugged in, and if you’re touching the fuse box, turn off the supply at the breaker box. If you’re ever in any doubt, then it’s best to call in an electrician.

For more advanced jobs, especially ones that involve working directly with the mains, it’s best to seek expert advice. In fact, for any major work, you are required by law to ensure that the work complies with certain standards – so you’ll need it to be inspected by a qualified electrician. If you’re paying for the inspection, why not make life easier and get a qualified electrician to do the work in the first place? They’ll be able to do it more quickly, and more easily, than an untrained person, and they’ll do all of the leg work in terms of getting the right documents and notifying the right people.

Electricity is not something to be messed with. If something goes wrong, the results could be fatal. We depend on electricity for so many things, and it’s easy to forget what a powerful force it can be when misused.

This post was written by James Harper on behalf of Ash Cole your local electrician in Derby. James writes on subjects relating to home improvement and DIY.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *