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Electrical Switches, Outlets and Fixtures, By Stu Silverman Electrician Spain
When it comes to wiring, many homeowners don't differentiate between Low voltage wiring and electrical wiring. Low voltage wiring includes projects such as setting up phone, cable, satellite, computer and entertainment systems. Wiring these systems requires specific knowledge, but making a mistake does not pose a danger like when you're dealing with electrical wiring - lighting, fixtures, circuits, outlets, switches and any appliance you plug into the wall.
Cut the power before working
If you decide to tackle an electrical project on your own, always remember to exercise extreme caution. Be sure to unplug electrical appliances during repairs, and disconnect the power from the circuits you're working on by removing the fuse from the fuse box or tripping the circuit breaker. It is a good idea to leave a note by the circuit box or fuse box notifying others not to restore power while you're working.
While undertaking an electrical wiring project yourself may save a few bucks, you should only attempt it if you have the proper experience and training. When dealing with electrical installations or electrical repairs, inexperience and improper wiring can cause fire, personal injury and death. With electricity, there's no room for errors.
Electricity can be deadly - be careful!
"Electrical accidents are uniquely unforgiving," said Michael G. Clendenin, executive director of the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI). "Even a small mistake can have fatal results."
Indeed, about 1,000 people die of electric shock in the United States each year, and many more suffer electrical burns which may cause serious internal damage, especially to the heart, muscles, nerves or brain. So whether you're installing a pool or hot tub, re-wiring all or part of your home, or even just dealing with 3-way circuits, a licensed electrical contractor has the knowledge and experience to do the job right - and safely.
Electrical contractors know the codes - do you?
Electrical contractors are required to know and follow the National Electric Code (NEC). The NEC is a complex guide to proper wiring and circuitry that all electrical contractors must adhere to, which ensures safe installations and repairs. It also provides standard procedures so that different electricians can know how any job was wired when they make repairs or do installations - the next day or several years down the road. Electrician Spain
Even for smaller electrical projects, peace of mind comes from knowing you have someone qualified on the job. Besides, electrical contractors are insured for liability and property, which you may not be if you undertake electrical repairs and installations on your own.
Find an electrical contractor
Whether you need an electrical panel and new service or someone to repair a ceiling fan, switches, outlets or fixtures, you can find a local electrical contractor on this site.
Inexperience and improper wiring can cause fire, personal injury and death. With electricity, there's no room for errors. Electrician Spain
To ensure that you're dealing with a reputable contractor, review their testimonials on this site, interview them and make sure they are certified, licensed, bonded and insured, with coverage for property damage and workers' compensation.
Things to know
Small electrical jobs can be estimated over the phone, while larger jobs should be estimated with an hourly rate (although in some states, such as New Jersey, the consumer laws do not allow electrical contractors to work on an hourly rate. There must be a written contract, and the total contract price must be stated.). In any case, it is best to get more than one estimate.
If a permit is required for your electrical project, it should be under the contractor's name, not yours. Electrician Spain
You should ask in advance what work will be left after the job is finished. Electricians generally do not repair holes, trenches or landscaping disturbed in the course of the job.
Stu Silverman is a home improvement advice columnist and freelance writer.
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