When it comes to significant electrical services, such as rewiring the inside of a home or business, hiring a professional electrician is not only a wise decision, but it actually may be required by current local or state building code statutes. However, there are situations where a homeowner could do a fair bit of the electrical work needed inside of their home without hiring a licensed electrician. If a homeowner feels that they are in over their head, it’s always a good idea to contact an electrician. Fortunately, there are a few things that a person can safely and effectively do on their own, even without any electrical wiring knowledge.
Ground Wire Issues
In older homes, power outlets are typically two-pronged. There are many things like televisions, vacuum cleaners, and carpet cleaners that require three-pronged outlets. For some, the solution to this problem is to go to a home improvement store, pick up a few three-pronged outlets and replace the two prong outlets with upgraded outlet.
However, it will be important to make sure there is a ground wire. All three-pronged outlets have to be grounded, but not all junction boxes have a ground wire, especially in older homes. If there is no ground wire, attaching a three-pronged outlet can be dangerous. In these cases, it’s best to either go with the two-pronged outlet or hire an electrical contractor to properly install grounding wires.
Crowded Electrical Boxes
When it comes to outlets or power switches, electrical boxes will need to be installed inside of the wall to properly channel all the wiring needed for an outlet or a power switch. However, for large switch plates or multiple power outlets, a standard size box can get quite crowded. This can cause heat or sparks that could be a fire risk. In these situations, removing the crowded standard size electrical box and replacing it with a double size box is the best way to go. It will mean a bit of reworking and it may take making a large hole in the wall, but, for safety purposes, it will be well worth it.
There are many more DIY electrical fixes a homeowner can make on there own, but these are some common problems that you may be able to fix yourself. While some problems may need the assistance of an electrician, you may be able to do it yourself and save money in the process.