Understanding how electrical systems work is valuable information for everyone to know, especially for those who live on a tight budget and attempt to handle minor electrical problems themselves. There are some basic skills and techniques for those who want to work on their electrical repair that can help make it safer and also help ensure secure electrical connections. Burley Electrical Services will share how these techniques and tools can help make your simple electrical repairs easier and safer.
Safety Precautions in Using Electricity
Before we begin, Burley Electrical Services first wants to stress that working on electricity is dangerous and it always pays to use a professional electrician. For those minor repairs make sure to proceed with caution and remember to take all the safety precautions even with the most minor of problems.
Proper Electrical Techniques Matter
If the wires to any fixture are spliced or connected haphazardly, the circuits may work for a short time but could result in failure and even a dangerous condition. Many house fires are due to poor electrical wiring. This is one of the many dangers of not connecting wiring correctly. To wire correctly is relatively easy, but most rush the job when the correct techniques only takes an hour to learn. Additionally it is important to never allow any wiring to be exposed. Make sure you properly nut each connection point or use electrical tape to cover all exposed wiring.
Use the Correct Electrical Tools & Equipment
Before you begin any electrical repair, you will want all the tools you will need ready. Never start an electrical repair without all the tools needed. The last thing any person would want is exposed wires hanging out to hurt other household members, pets or cause a fire. Knowing the problem and having all the tools you need readily available will make for a quicker and safer repair. Recommendations for some wiring repairs are to use strippers instead of a utility knife. All too often the knife cuts too deep and nicks the wire which will weaken it. This can cause future problems. Make sure you use electrical tape and not duct tape. Yes duct tape is a great tool for many repairs, but not in the case of electrical wiring.
Turn Off Power to House & Have a Battery Operated Light Ready
Regardless of how big or how small any electrical repair or project may be, it is best to do it with safety. One of the most important safety precautions everyone should take is to turn off all the power to either the section of the home you may be repairing, or the entire house if you’re unsure which switch turns off what part of the home. Yes, you will still want good light. If it is late in the day and daylight is no longer an option, you may want to hold off until the morning. If the project cannot wait, make sure you have a battery operated lamp that can provide plenty of light.
Electrical Installation, Wiring & More in Pompano Beach, Boca Raton, Davie, Fort Lauderdale & South Florida
Burley Electrical Services knows that many homeowners will attempt to handle the minor or small projects themselves. We hope we have encouraged you to make sure you use proper wiring techniques and do it with safety in mind. If you find some repairs or projects are out of your ability, contact Burley Electrical Services. We can provide our services for any electrical need you may require.