The Do’s And Don’t Of Do It Yourself Electrical Work

The Do’s And Don’t Of Do It Yourself Electrical Work

Are you a do it yourselfer who tackles every project that comes your way?  Doing a new installation project yourself is a terrific way to save money, but it is time consuming and could be extremely dangerous if you are not experienced with the work you need to do.  Tackling electrical work can add another level of complexity to the mix.  While changing a lightbulb or replacing a plug switch plate are simple tasks that you wouldn’t want to hire someone for, other projects like installing a light fixture can be more daunting.  Considering there are over 400 electrocutions in the United States each year according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, it is encouraged to hire a professional electrician like Lee Perrella Electric for any project that is not within your experience level.  In this article, we have outlined some simple do’s and don’ts when it comes to do it yourself electrical work.


  • Prior to doing any electrical work you want to make sure that the source of the electric is turned off.
    • When working on an installed light or electrical outlet make sure the circuit breaker is switched off. The circuit is controlled by the main service panel in your house.  Test that the power is off prior to doing any work.
    • If you are working on an appliance that needs to be plugged in, make sure to unplug it prior to performing any work.
  • Take extreme care when working on electric in bathrooms or kitchens. Make sure water is turned off and the area is dry prior to start work.
  • Read any instructions or guidelines that come with the item you are working with.
  • Prior to starting make sure you have all the equipment, tools, and parts you will need for the project.
  • Wear appropriate safety gear such as goggles, rubber soled shoes, and insulated gloves.


  • Never attempt multiple projects at the same time. When working on electrical projects do not touch gas or water lines.
  • Don’t use metal ladders when working near energized wiring.
  • It is not recommended to perform any work on a service panel or main switch board besides replacing a fuse cartridge or screw in fuse.
  • Never rush through getting the project done. Allow plenty of time to complete the project properly.
  • Never underestimate the power of electricity. Anything can conduct electricity if the conditions are right.  So take all precautions when working on your electrical project.

Remember if you feel like your next do it yourself electric project is out of your experience or comfort level it is advised to contact a licensed professional for help.  An electrician can give an estimate on the cost prior to performing work as well as explain the difficulty level.  If you decide to do the project yourself make sure to do your research to ensure you understand what is involved prior to starting.  Good luck on your project and if you get in a jam keep in mind a licensed electrician is only a phone call away.  You may call Lee Perrella Electric at 917-626-6872.