The Internet has revolutionized doing things yourself. There are guides in the forms of eBooks, articles, and videos so that the everyday Joe can become an expert in building or fixing things. While doing it yourself can be touted as a way to save money, it can also be rather dangerous. While you’re buying your parts at retail and getting your labor for free, the slightest mistake can lead to devastating results. This is not saying that you’re not a fast learner and someone who fails to pay attention to detail, but sometimes the guides and the videos can be flawed. They may leave out a tiny little detail or they don’t make an important detail as obvious as they thought, causing you to be none the wiser.
Here is an unfortunate fact: Poor wiring within a home causes 33% of the residential fires within U.S. Cities. These fires take the lives of nearly 500 people and injure over 2,000 on an annual basis. The electrical work may have seemed easy enough, but something can sometimes go wrong elsewhere without it being known and many times not detecting those issues is a matter of not having the equipment. In your case, an electrician in St. Paul can be trusted to not break the bank..
Of course, there are many errors that can be made, but the most common ones include:
- Splicing a new wire into an old wire by simply taping them together when installing a new fixture. Unfortunately, wires that are not properly encased will spark and they can ignite.
- Indoor wiring that goes to outdoor wiring can be a risk, which is mainly due to the wrong type of wiring being used or not burying the wires deep enough. Both humans and animals can be in a great deal of danger because a wet ground in addition to wires that are hit through gardening or another act that involves digging into the ground could result in a major shock hazard. The entire ground in that area becomes dangerous.
- This last one is something that a lot of individuals do because they simply have not been educated on the matter or they just don’t know. Many will use a higher wattage bulb than what light fixtures call for. This means that the lamp or fixture can burn too hot and that will damage the wiring. 60 watt bulbs are common or their equivalent CFL bulb. If putting in a 100 watt bulb and the fixture only calls for 60, that’s a hazard waiting to happen. If you cannot find on the fixture what kind of bulb it takes, you can call an electrician in St. Paul who has been trusted for many years to carry out such tasks and many more.
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We can inspect the electrical system within your home to ensure it is safe. If not, we can fix any of the issues that we find so that you can have the peace of mind you need. Call Edison Electric Inc. to schedule your estimate at 651-587-5512.