Electrical Repairs That You Should Never Do Yourself
Electrical shock is not something to be taken lightly. In the blink of an eye, it can send dangerous current coursing by your body, leading to injury and potentially death. The best way to prevent being electrocuted is to call your local electrician any time you need help with electrical matters. If this is not something that you want to do, at the minimum refrain from attempting to do any of the following:
1. Never Do Anything With Service Lugs in Your Breaker Box
If you have no idea what service lugs are, then you shouldn’t be doing anything in your electrical panel aside from resetting tripped circuit breakers. If you are aware that the big screw terminals securing the service cables are called service lugs, then you should also be aware that they are always energized already when the main breakers are shut off. Naturally, these large cables should be avoided at all times.
2. Never Work on the Weatherhead
The weatherhead, which is sometimes called the periscope or service mast should never be touched by anyone other than a licensed specialized. This is the metal pole or structure that connects the electrical utility to your home. Although it may be tempting to set the pole back upright if it is leaning, remember that doing so could cause 200 amps to run by your body. Not a very alluring situation.
3. Never Wire Anything With The strength On
Chances are, you’ve seen people doing things that they are not supposed to do, without the proper equipment in a magazine somewhere. In most situations, this is captioned with a “don’t try this on your own” caption, and for good reason. Although somebody somewhere chooses to work on live wires, you definitely should not. This practice is unsafe for everyone.
4. Never Repair Your Appliances
You should be safe as long as the strength is turned off or you have pulled the plug from your appliance, right? This is not necessarily true. Capacitors are devices that store additional electricity, which can help raise startup and other roles on an appliance. Shutting the strength off will not remove the strength from these capacitors, which can be very dangerous if touched.
5. Never Mess With Hybrid or Electric Cars
A wide variety of new electric and hybrid cars have been released over the last associate years. The electric systems in these cars can be highly confusing, very complicate and very dangerous if you are not completely aware of what you are getting into.
Truth be told, there are a variety of slightly simple electrical responsibilities that a handy homeowner can take care of on their own. If you do not have any experience with the items that you are working with, or if the job becomes improvement, never hesitate to call an electrician. Electrical shocks are nothing to joke around with, and can become very dangerous very fast. Leave the hard stuff to the pros.