Are you a do-it-yourselfer? Do you love that feeling of having a project in your head, finding the materials, and completing the work all by yourself? Then comes the best part… showing off your work to all of your Facebook friends, family, neighbors, and really, anybody who will give you the satisfaction of listening about the project that you did all by yourself. (This sounds vaguely familiar to your toddler days when you proudly tell your parents that you put your shoes on all by yourself. In some ways, we really never fully grow up.)
Anyway, back to the current time. Even if you can do many projects by yourself, there are some better left for the pros. Unless you have a thorough knowledge of electrical work, you aren’t a thrill-seeker, and want to live to see your children become parents of their own, stick with an electrician when making major electrical changes in your home. It isn’t worth the bragging rights, especially considering the hospital bill you may incur when you electrocute yourself, fall off the ladder, and break every major bone in your body.
Hopefully you are convinced that this is one do-it-yourself project that you better not attempt. But if you aren’t yet, let’s discuss some more tips to avoid in an attempt to prevent disaster…
- The string of Christmas lights isn’t meant to be any shorter than when you buy it. So don’t cut it, or you may burn down the governor’s mansion
- Changing a light bulb may require only you, but changing the whole light? Call the electrician
- Just because it looks like it wouldn’t be too hard to move the electrical socket doesn’t mean you should give it a whirl… especially if you haven’t already turned off the power
- If you are as clueless as I am with electrical work, please don’t try it yourself… there is a time and a place for everything, and in this case, it is to call the electrician
This time, it just isn’t worth it
Not only is calling an electrician a life saver, literally. Think of all the time it will save you as well. You will avoid all of the guessing on which wires to put together (and hoping you won’t mess up… I mean really hoping, since injury and pain could result with any wrong choice). You will also save time driving back and forth from Home Depot, asking the 18 yr old worker which part amidst the 1,986 options is the one that you aren’t sure you really need to get the job done. Really, it’s a no-brainer.
Just because you have the talent of touching your tongue to your nose, or of having a sweet spirit, doesn’t mean that you should try wiring your home on your own to save a few bucks. We all have different areas in which we shine, so let’s all do ourselves a favor and give electricians, Salt Lake City a call when we need some electrical work done. It will likely save us pain, time, and money in the long run.
By Jennifer McCammon
About the Author
Jennifer is a wife and mother of five. She has next to no knowledge of anything electrical, but she does know when to call the electrician.