DIY fixes for systems in the home can be hugely rewarding since they save costs and provide a sense of personal satisfaction. That said, conducting DIY fixes on complex systems such as electrical circuits can lead to serious issues. The YouTube video “Avoid These Five DIY Mistakes” highlights five common DIY mistakes when fixing electrical circuits.
It’s important to maintain the same grade of gauge wire when working on an electrical circuit. Many homeowners mix their 12 gauge and 14 gauge wires.
Later, this could confuse any electrical service professional contracted to perform maintenance or repairs. 12 gauge and 14 gauge wires should be used only on 15amp and 20amp circuit breakers, respectively.
Another common DIY error is installing a ceiling box instead of solid brackets for installing lights. This could lead to issues in the future if the home is sold and the new owner attaches an electrical appliance far beyond the box’s rating. Other common DIY errors include improper installation of a wire box, loose wire connections, and the use of faulty voltage testers that do not properly indicate the presence of voltage. Hiring an electrical service can save you from making some of these errors.