Electrical Maintenance and Repairs – What You Can and Cannot Do?

It is common for people to try DIY electrical maintenance and repairs at home. There are a lot of tutorials and information available online to guide you through the process. But there’s almost always a disclaimer attached – the author holds no responsibility whatsoever in case of an accident. This should be a sufficient indicator of the risky nature of this business!

Despite this, the number of DIY electrical accidents is on the rise. This doesn’t intend to suggest you shouldn’t indulge in DIY projects at all. This merely aims to advocate that you need to identify the kind of DIY projects that are aligned with your skills and leave the rest to the professionals!

Electrical Works DIY

When it comes to electrical works, the safest bet is to let the experts do their magic! They are the ones who spent a significant portion of their life acquiring the skills and knowledge required to work with electricity! They’ll naturally be able to identify problems rightly and employ the relevant safety procedures during work. This does not only mean good quality work but also implies lower risk and chance of accidents.

Even so, if you are personally interested in the science and logic of electrical works, it is best to start small. There are a few things you can do like changing the fuse, the plug, and other minor chores. They don’t usually demand intricate know-how of the project. It is the stuff that you can’t do that you need to stay away from!

To Do or Not To Do?

Here are a few things you need to keep in mind when deciding whether you’d like to indulge in a DIY electrical project or not.

  • Never work on live wires. If there’s a job which requires you to work with live wires, or if the task requires the electricity source to be plugged in during the repair or maintenance regime, it is best to hire professional help for this. This project is a definite no-DIY for unprofessional passion-oriented handymen!


  • Better not take up major projects right away. Rewiring an appliance requires more accuracy and precision when compared with changing a fuse or a bulb. If you are in a hurry to use your tool kit, think twice – it is a good idea to get acclimatized with the tools before putting them to use!


  • Never rely solely on the tutorials. They are experts making the tasks look much easier than they really are. The best way to gauge whether the task is really simple or not is to figure out how much the professional will charge you for it. Compare it with a standard chore and you’ll know how much of the “effortlessness” you should actually believe in!


  • Work away from the main. Try working on standalone projects that are powered by batteries at first. The accidents at this phase tend to be less damaging. Gather an understanding of how electrical objects work. Only then should you think about working on your home’s electrical works!

As a general rule of thumb, electrical works are best left to the experts. Bonfe is a well-reputed name in the world of home comfort and electrical works. Sit back and relax while the professionals take care of your house the right way!

6 thoughts on “Electrical Maintenance and Repairs – What You Can and Cannot Do?

  1. I have a friend that will try to repair everything himself, and won’t call anyone. I had no idea that you should never work on live wires. Electrical systems have always been something that I have been too worried to work on. I will have to make sure that I call someone the next time I have problems.

  2. In your article, you stated that people should never work on live wires and if there’s a job which requires you to work with live wires, or if the task requires the electricity source to be plugged in during the repair or maintenance regime, it is best to hire professional help for this. My wife called me at work this morning because our daughter found some loose wires that she was messing with. I wonder what types of tools most electricians would use to fix those wires.

  3. I definitely agree! I would never let anyone in our house to work on those wires due to risks which can be lethal at times. I wouldn’t mind spending a little on fees as long as the work is completed without any hassle. It is better to leave the work to the professionals.

  4. I like how you expressed the importance of not working on live wires. My husband tried fixing an outlet and shocked himself. Professional electricians will be used for any electrical maintenance on our home from now on. Thanks for the advice!

  5. I appreciate your candid remarks about what one can and can’t do when it comes to household electrical repairs. I agree that, for safety reasons and purposes, most electrical repairs must be done by professionals and leave the changing of light bulbs to yourself. This would be for the better to make sure that you don’t cause any fire, or worse, get injured in your efforts to do the repairs yourself.

  6. In the home that my fiance and I just moved into has a few problems that should be addressed with some electrical maintenance. My fiance thinks that he is capable of doing the maintenance with little problems. After reading this article especially the advice to not work with live wires, I will suggest we get a service instead.

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