Electrical Repairs You Should Never Attempt On Your Own
Cartoons make electric zaps look funny. In real life, they are anything but.
Electric shock—even the mildest forms—can sometimes be lethal. It’s better to take every step to prevent this.
This is especially important for homes with children and offices and facilities where the risk is high. So, how can you prevent electric shocks and secure your home/facility against damage?
Calling an electrician is the first step. You never know which wire is messed up or which socket is letting the current run without being switched on. Here are a few repairs where you’d need an expert’s services:
When the breaker box is involved
Other than resetting tripped breakers, you should not attempt anything else if you’re not aware of what the service lugs are.
The lugs are big screw terminals that are always hot. They remain hot even if you shut off the breakers. Steer clear of cables that are connected to these lugs.
When weatherhead is the problem
Don’t think about setting this one right. The weatherhead, or periscope as it’s commonly called, is a metal pole like structure which connects the service lines originating from the power pole to the house.
Yes, it’s part of your house and you’re tempted to upright the leaning pole or tighten a loose bolt. We’ll let the thought of 200 amps powering up your body convince you not to give in to the temptation.
Wiring work with power on
This one is obvious: never attempt something this dangerous without the expertise and proper gear.
Electricians are trained to attempt even the most risky repairs with the right tools and safety gear. Just because we work with hot wires sometimes doesn’t mean it’s safe for you to attempt.
You’d think appliances are a safe zone, at least as long as you switch off the power, right? The capacitor proves you wrong.
The device stores electricity, helping boost startup of some appliances. This is especially true for the large appliances, such as air conditioners.
Cutting off the power will not discharge the capacitors. You know what does? Touching the contacts with a metal tool. So, never attempt this!