Avoiding Common DIY Electrical Mishaps

Posted on: 29 February 2016

Engaging in do-it-yourself (DIY) projects has always been a good way of saving money on repairs or installations around the house. However, when it comes to electrical issues, you have to be extra careful because a small mistake can result in big and expensive issues. Here are a few basic precautions to avoid DIY electrical mishaps:

Shut Off the Power

This is a simple advice that can prevent many electrical shocks, but people always have excuses for not heeding it. For example, you may think that the flowing current is too low to hurt you, or the DIY service will just take a second, so there is no need to shut off the power.

However, that is still dangerous since a fault can increase the current even in an appliance that normally draws safe power, and it doesn't take long for electrical power to harm you.

Check Your Power Tools

Turning off the power is a good way of preventing shocks, but there are occasions where you can't do that because you need the power. A good example is when you are using power tools, such as hand-held drills.

In such cases, inspect the tools first to ensure they are safe enough for holding. Pay special attention to the lead and plugs, damages to those parts often lead to electrical shocks. Don't use the tools if the insulation is frayed or cut; even if you can't see the actual wires inside, there is a chance that they may come into contact with other conductors or live wires.

Invest In an RCD

A residual current device (RCD) is an electrical device designed to cut off power in case of an electrical fault. Therefore, when you make a mistake (and you are bound to make one or two if you engage in regular DIY works) that would result in stray currents that would put your safety at risk.

Consider an example in which you are testing a lawnmower after servicing it. An electrical fault can easily send shockwaves into your hands, but an RCD will cut off the power before any harm comes your way. Plug the RCD into the electrical outlet first, and then plugs the electrical appliance into the RCD.

The greatest tool of a DIY electrician is to know their limits. If you can't handle something, leave it to the professionals. Not only will you be safe this way, but you will also be guaranteeing proper service for your electrical system. To learn more, contact a company like Narducci Electric