Competent ElectricianIf you are in the market for an electrician to do electrical work on your home, you may be wondering whether to hire a handyperson or an electrician to do the work. Your decision can result in chaos, frustration, and even unsafe living conditions. As a homeowner with no knowledge of electricity, there is a vast difference between what one considers “handy” and legal electrical work. Responsibility
What Is A Handyman?
Handypersons are skilled workers who can perform a variety of household repairs, including:
- minor installation and repair of lighting fixtures
- minor installation and repair of plumbing fixtures
- painting and wallpapering
- laying floor tile
- building shelves and cabinets
- installing curtain rods and blinds
- hanging pictures and mirrors on walls
- repairing doors and windows
- moving furniture
- assembly of furniture, etc.
Handypersons may also be able to do minor repairs on vehicles (such as oil changes), lawnmowers, bicycles, or motorcycles. Some handymen specialize in specific areas such as remodeling kitchens or bathrooms, and others may specialize in general home repair work on structures such as houses or apartment buildings.
What Is An Electrician?
An electrician is a professional trained to install and maintain the electrical system in your home or office building. They can install various lighting fixtures and outlets and troubleshoot problems with current systems. Electricians also can update existing wiring systems for safety reasons. Electricians should be licensed by their state government before working on any electricity projects.
Why a Handyman Should Not Do Electrical Work?
A handyman does general maintenance around the home or office building but does not necessarily have training in electrical work or other types of construction work like plumbing or carpentry. A handyperson may be able to perform some basic electrical repairs. Still, they may not have experience or licensing to work on complicated issues that require a licensed professional such as installing new wiring or updating old circuits with more efficient ones.
Lack of Knowledge of Building Codes
Handypersons may not be as familiar with local building codes as licensed electricians, leading to mistakes when installing new equipment or repairing older ones. If something goes wrong during the installation process, it could result in fire or injury due to improper wiring connections or other issues related to faulty wiring installation.
Potentially Cut Corners
Another reason why hiring a licensed electrician is essential is because they have been trained in installing electrical systems safely and properly according to building codes. An untrained person will likely cut corners, resulting in unsafe situations with potentially catastrophic results.
Illegal For a Handyman To Do Electrical Work
A handyperson can do essential electrical work in many cases, but he’s not legally allowed to do so. Electrical work is a complex field that requires years of training and education. It is illegal for a handyperson to do electrical work, and it is also illegal for someone who has not been appropriately trained to work on your home’s electrical system. Handypersons are trained to fix simple things like broken door hinges or leaky pipes, and they are not certified to handle anything more major than this type of repair.
Possible Shoddy Work
The most common injuries from contracting with a non-licensed person are electrical shock (causing burns) or electrocution (causing cardiac arrest). In addition, faulty wiring can lead to fire damage or even an explosion. You must use only qualified licensed professionals to handle all electrical work, so you don’t risk injury or property damage.
Will Insurance Cover a Claim
Insurance companies will not cover claims if the homeowner did the electrical work themselves or hired someone who was not qualified. Many homeowner’s policies will expressly exclude coverage for any damage caused by an unlicensed person working on their home’s electrical system.
Hire a Professional Electrician
It’s always better to hire a professional electrician, and there is too much potential for injury and electrocution to go around. If a handyperson insists that he can do the work involved, always get in writing that he will follow all safety guidelines and code regulations. If anything happens during or after the work is complete, you have a record of his promises.