With the popularity of Do It Yourself (DIY) home improvement TV shows and a Home Depot® on every corner, many homeowners get excited to make the trip to the home improvement store, research some tutorials on YouTube™, and roll up their sleeves to make their dream home a reality. DIYers who venture into the electrical world as part of their home improvement projects rarely come away with a positive experience, because DIY electrical work is a really bad idea. Here are a few reasons why:
DIY Electrical Is Dangerous
Incorrect electrical work can result in accidental electrocution of yourself or others within your home, which could be fatal. The combination of incorrect wiring with combustible materials such as wood and drywall can cause serious fires endangering yourself, your family and your neighbors.
It May Cost You More In The Long Run
We get a lot of calls and emails from customers who have started a DIY electrical project in an effort to save money and then they run into problems along the way. Our licensed electricians need to remove the incorrect wiring before they can start to troubleshoot the problem. This can make the project take longer (and cost more) than it would if it was started properly from scratch.
DIY Electrical Does Not Meet the Electrical Code
All aspects of electrical work are governed by very strict codes. We use only IBEW Local 46 Union Electricians who are highly trained and current with their knowledge about the NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code® (NEC®). We regularly receive praise from the inspectors about the quality of our work. There is a reason why electrical codes for buildings and structures exist, and if your own DIY electrical work is not up to current standards, you may render your homeowner’s insurance invalid and have problems reselling your home in the future.
Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations Can Damage Your Vehicle When Incorrectly Installed
Considering the technical nature and risk of charger installation, it is always smart to hire a professional electrician to install your charging station. Making an error with an electrical installation can cause material damage to your vehicle, home and electrical systems. Artisan is a recommended Tesla installer. Our electricians have been trained to install Tesla charging equipment and adhere to strict quality, permitting, and inspection requirements.
DIY Solar Is Dangerous, Too
Attempting to DIY your solar system could be extremely costly and dangerous. Not all DIY projects are created equal – and DIY solar is no afternoon project.
The good news is – Artisan Electric is here to help you! Get a free electrical quote on any electrical project, big or small.
- SafeBee – DIY Electrical Wiring: Scary Reasons Not to Try This at Home
- Tesla – Find an Electrician
- The Spruce – 8 Common Electrical Mistakes Homeowners Make
- energysage – Install an EV charging station.
Last Modified: January 30, 2019