5 Things NEVER to DIY


From lighting installation to energy conservation, our blog has shared lots of electrical DIY fixes and tips. However, there are some things best left to the experts for reasons of safety or complexity. In this blog post, we will be sharing our top 5 situations when you should call an electrician.

1 Outlet Installation

Whether you’re installing outlets in a new house or renovating your current one, installing outlets should NEVER be DIY-ed. Improperly installed outlets are not only dangerous, it could also violate building code.

2 Flickering Lights

Sometimes a flickering lights can’t be fixed as easily as screwing a lightbulb on tighter. Flickering lights could actually indicate loose electrical wiring or an overloaded circuit. An electrician can conduct a proper diagnosis and safely resolve the issue for you.

3 Warm Switches/Outlets

When switches and outlets are warm to the touch (or even shock), it means there is

circuit overload or something potentially even more dangerous. Attempting to fix this yourself can be extremely dangerous.

4 Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors are a must have for the security of any building. That’s why it’s crucial that these machines are properly installed.

5 Fuse Frequently Blowing Out

Similar to the problem of a warm switch/outlet, frequent fuse blow outs indicate a fundamental problem with your circuit. Constantly replacing fuses and resetting circuit breakers aren’t always the best solutions, and could actually cause more damage. It sounds like it’s time to call a professional.

This list covered some of the situations when it’s absolutely imperative to call an electrician. Giving a call to your electrician is always a safe bet to ensure safe and quality electrical work.

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