We live in the information age. Sometimes that’s a good thing, sometimes not. With the advent of YouTube, almost everything around the house can seemingly be turned into a DIY project. But just because you found a video on how to do it yourself, does that really mean that you could, or even that you should? Those are important questions to ask, especially when it comes to electrical work.

Many homeowners elect to take the DIY route because it will save money. But is it worth it?

ARE YOU QUALIFIED TO DO ELECTRICAL WORK?

As mentioned above, electrical work is different than other home improvement projects. It takes at least some degree of expertise. You need to be able to diagnose your electrical set up and know how to get your desired result. Decide, realistically, if you are qualified.

JOBS YOU CAN PROBABLY DO

There are a handful of jobs that, if you are comfortable and take precautions, you can possibly do on your own. They include:

Installing a new light switch or fixture
Rewiring a broken fixture or lamp
Installing a new electrical outlet

If you have typical tools, some common sense, and (if necessary) the help of YouTube, you should be able to complete these tasks. Just remember these two critical safety tips:

ALWAYS TURN THE POWER OFF BEFORE WORKING WITH ELECTRICAL OUTLETS.
MAKE SURE ALL ELECTRICAL WIRES ARE SECURELY IN PLACE TO AVOID A FIRE HAZARD.

LEAVE THESE TO THE PROS

Most jobs not listed above should probably be left to the pros. In a worst-case scenario, improper electrical work could even void your insurance. Here are some jobs that you’ll definitely want to give The Bosworth Company a call for:

Anything involving your electrical panel or breaker box
Rewiring part of your home
Correcting electrical codes
Installing circuits or dedicated circuits.

If you decide the job is more than you can handle, we’re here to help. Give the Bosworth Company a call at 432-570-5233 or schedule an appointment online. The Bosworth Company. Worth the Call. Always!