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5 Reasons You Want to Do Your Own Electrical Repairs

Hint: It's a Lot Easier Than You Might Think


Many do it yourself home renovators are unafraid to take up hammer and saw--but balk when it comes to electrical repairs. Here are 5 reasons you want to do your own electrical repairs.

1. Scarcity of Electricians

It's easy to find people to replace your windows or install siding. They practically fall out of the sky. But just try finding an electrician when you need one. Along with plumbers, a good electrician--especially one who has time to take on contract work for a do-it-yourself renovator--can be hard to find.

2. Electricians are Expensive

If you're intent on saving money on remodeling costs, the first place to start is with highly skilled trades like electricians. The downside of this, of course, is that "highly skilled" will come back to haunt you. There is a learning curve associated with electrical work that you don't find in something like demolition work.

3. Electrical Work is Clean

Compared to drywall installation or demolition--or really any other type of renovation work--electrical work is clean. You get to work in a clean environment for the most part, unless you are in a crawlspace or attic. While the argument can be made that "if you don't like to get dirty, don't undertake DIY renovation," it sure is nice to spend an occasional Saturday in relative cleanliness.

4. Electrical Work Makes Sense

Nothing squishy about electrical work. It's all based on tried and true rules and methods--all very logical. You have books and tables to guide you along, and if something isn't working, there is a very real, discernable reason why it isn't working.

5. Electrical Work is Easier Than Many DIY Renovators May Expect

Many do it yourself home renovators are put off by the idea of probing in the electrical service panel and installing new circuits. Yes, contact with the lugs within the service panel is a very serious business. But service panel work is only one aspect of electrical work. The heavy lifting of running new circuits can be done safely by DIY renovators, and if they so choose, they can hire an electrician for that last job of connecting to the service panel. Or better yet, get educated on the service panel and you can safely do the work yourself.
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