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Don’t Take Dangerous Matters into Your own Hands

Flathead_Electrical_wiring1939merc-300x261[1]Just because you call yourself Mr. Fix-It doesn’t mean you can handle the wiring involved in a major renovation all by yourself. Don’t get us wrong; Dunedin Electric respects those handymen and women who take on to-do lists and get repairs and various other odd jobs. Our issue is with dangerous wiring jobs.

Things have changed over the years, but complicated electrical wiring can still be very deadly. Plus, even if you manage to finish the job, a so-so installation may cause problems (read: fire hazards) down the road. If you’d like to read more about electrical matters involved in renovating your home or workplace, please enjoy the following article from Master Electricians Australia. And as always, you can contact us at info@dunedinelectric.com or (727) 773-1622.

Put Safety First and Plan with Professionals when Renovating

Master Electricians Australia has warned families not to take electrical work into their own hands when undertaking home renovations.

Andrew Bailey from Master Electricians Australia said renos were a major undertaking and it’s important to plan every detail ahead.

“People often only add electrical work as an afterthought,” he said. “You need to incorporate it right from the beginning, engaging a registered and licensed electrical contractor throughout the planning stages.”

Mr Bailey said consulting with professionals can save you time and money down the track by avoiding the need to reverse any work done in error. He said one of the biggest issues homeowners face is incorrect placement of power points and light switches.

“First of all, have a think about how you will use the space after it’s renovated to determine the best positions for switches and power points. Just remember there may be some restrictions on placement such as proximity to water points, wall construction, and door architraves.”

Master Electricians Australia has provided 10 tips to think about before your next project to avoid simple mistakes.

  • Make an appointment with your builder or architect and your electrician to discuss want you want from your electrical system.
  • Introduce energy efficiencies and reduce running costs by having an energy audit conducted, looking at different tariff options, and installation of automatic lighting controls.
  • Get a written quote for the work that has been agreed to, including time frames and warranty of work and products installed.
  • Ensure there is insurance cover before entering a contract.
  • Confirm with the electrician where you want power points and light switches to be located.
  • Discuss the type of finish you want with the look of power points and light switches. You do not have to choose white, white or white.
  • Consider having surge protection installed, particularly if you live in an area with high summer storm activity.
  • Think about upgrading older homes from outdated meter panels and ceramic fuses to modern non-toxic meter panels and safety switches.
  • Make sure everything is written down and all parties have a copy for later referral.
  • Ask the professional for advice, they’re trained to know best outcomes and have lots of experience. But keep in mind that it is your renovation, so subject to regulations and safety you have the final say on where items are placed.
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