Basic Knowledge on Household Electric Repair

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With various information and tutorials found on the internet today, you could almost do anything when it comes to different kinds of house projects. But attempting to do an electric repair at home on your own is risky. It’s not as simple as changing light bulbs. You should not fix electronic wiring problems if you know very little about the fundamental electrical methods.  Even a licensed electrician makes mistakes; it takes years of practice and experience to learn the right techniques in dealing with electricity. Without knowledge of the dos and don’ts, you could compromise the electrical wiring lines of your home and your neighbours’. It could also result in significant accidents like explosion, electrocution, or fire. An electrician is a licensed workman specialising in anything related to electricity and electrical wirings. To avoid these mishaps and issues on endangering property insurances, contact your trusted electrician.

The only way you would be allowed to fix and install electrical wirings, even at home, is when you have undergone course or vocational study in electrical science and acquired a government permit stating that you are capable and qualified for such profession. The Australian government set out a law regarding electrical wiring repairs and installations. It says that “these requirements are intended to protect persons, livestock, and property from electric shock, fire and physical injury hazards that may arise from an electrical installation that is used with reasonable care and due regard to the intended purpose of the electrical installation.” Illegal wiring installation or DIY electrical repairing is punishable by law with penalties of up to $40,000 per individual.

How do we distinguish minor electrical problems from major ones? And when do we have to call an electrician?

Before fixing minor electric repairs at home, always turn off the circuit breaker for safety. It stops the flow of live electricity, thus making it safe for repair jobs. Some examples of common minor electrical problems we often experience at home that we could easily do a quick repair by yourself are:

Damaged extension wires – when appliances at home don’t work, check the cords, and extension wires for cuts. You can repair damaged extension wires by replacing it immediately or binding the cut by opening up the cable, cutting off a small part of the outer layer to reveal the copper wires, connect both copper ends of the opened wire, and seal it with electrical tape. Most often, the problem might not be from the source of electricity but the appliance or gadget itself. Check old devices at home before it could lead to significant issues.

Broken light switches – when switches don’t work, open up the faceplate of the light switch by using a flat screw, attach the disconnected wires, and you’re good to go.

If electrical issues involve burning out of light bulbs and outlets, the flickering of lights, and dead outlets, then it is time to call for an electrician. For electrical maintenance and wiring installations, contact us at

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