Anyone interested in electrical home projects will likely attempt a switch installation one day. Whether replacing an old version or installing a dimmer, you'll need to have skill and consider these switch issues along the way.
Use Appropriate Switches
Any switch won't do when you're installing one. It must suit the lighting fixtures you'll be using . If you're putting in a switch for an existing fixture, consult the fixture itself or the manufacturer to know what the max is; you may currently be using a light bulb that is far below that amount, but if you install a switch for the light bulb, anyone using a higher wattage bulb in the future could experience problems.
It is bad enough if you have a light switch that is not grounded. Grounded means that the wiring behind the switch will not jump, skip, or transcend its wiring and that the little jolts of power that do get through the wiring head into the ground and are safely dispersed. An ungrounded switch is dangerous because electrical sparks will head through you instead.
When you have a lot of static electricity in the house, and you have an ungrounded switch, you are in a very dangerous situation indeed.
Are you a first-time homeowner? Do you know what to do if you should encounter an issue with your home's electrical system? In some instances, you may be able to fix the issue yourself. However, in most instances, it's going to be much safer and easier if you call in a professional to take care of the issue. Some popular DIY electrical projects and whether you should actually even attempt a DIY solution are as follows:
Whenever hurricane season starts in the southeast or strong blizzards are on the way in the north, hardware stores quickly sell out of generators as people rush out to buy them ahead of the storms. Unfortunately, this is incredibly reckless behavior; not only is it dangerous to connect a generator to your home without the proper safeguards, it's also illegal in most areas. You must have either a transfer switch or an interlock installed in your home before you operate your generator.
It is possible to safely do minor electrical repairs around your home, such as replacing a switch or working on an electrical device, if you take the right safety precautions before you begin working. Here are four safety steps you should always take before doing an electrical repair.
#1 Unplug All Electrical Devices
First, you need to unplug the electrical device that you are going to be working on. If you are going to work on a switch or outlet, make sure you unplug all electrical devices that are connected to the switch or outlet that you will be working on.