Just because you are able to buy a huge range of electrical fittings and fixtures at your local hardware, the law is clear only licensed Electricians are able to install almost all of them. Changing over a light bulb is about all any DIYer should be attempting and even this can come with a warning. The reason for this is because DIY Electrical is dangerous
Example: Customer wants to change an existing metal light fitting, on inspection there is no earth wire to the fitting. In this case, even simply changing the light globe can cause an electric shock. There are 2 solutions to this problem
– Replace with plastic light fitting, classified as double insulated
– Run an earth wire to the light fitting – recommended, but not always possible
Apart from the safety reasons associated with DIY Electrical work, the facts are;
It is not legal and you can be prosecuted. Also the fines are huge.
You are risking your life and anyone entering or working on your home.
It is highly unlikely that any licensed Electrician will sign off on your work.
Your home insurance will be nullified if there is any evidence of illegal electrical work.
What if your home has had DIY Electrical work
If you suspect your home is unsafe or has been subject to some DIYer work, call a licensed Electrician and get it inspected. Even basic renovation work can be subject to risk, some of the risks include;
Light fittings & fans not earthed & risk of electrocution whilst dismantling them is high.
Wiring not terminated or joined properly in your walls & ceilings, resulting in fire.
Power circuits overloaded resulting in wires overheating & starting a fire in your home.
Incorrect wiring used with a similar result as above.
Loose wiring at fittings resulting in switches and fittings being live or
The Do’s – Saving money with DIY
Depending on your experience and/or knowledge of your home, helping your Electrician and reducing your renovation costs is possible, it just needs to be discussed with the Sparky and can include a lot of grunt work.
NSW regulations requires your Electrician provides a compliance certificate for any electrical work carried out. In addition this certificate guarantees the work completed complies with the appropriate Australian Standard and that you are covered for the any defective work.
You should always do a license check to verify the license number of your Tradie, this can be done on the Service NSW Website, follow this link; https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/check-builder-or-tradespersons-licence
Safety Tips for DIYer’s
Before commencement of any work around your home ensure you check for wiring in walls, ceilings, roof spaces and underground. If you are planning any of the following DIY work, double check and if unsure, turn off the main switch, better still get an Sparky to check first before Removing, cutting, drilling, screwing or nailing in walls, ceilings & floors
Demolition work can be dangerous, because there are many hidden dangers
When digging in the garden, call Dial before you dig on 1100, or take a look on https://1100.com.au/
Electrical wiring draped over rafters in ceiling spaces cause tripping hazzards and electrocution
Under floor is also a dangerous place with wiring attached to flooring and rafters
Installing insulation products in your roof
When carrying tall items outside like ladders, ensure you look up for power lines
When using a power lead outdoors, be careful of water and trip hazards
Remember if your home is old it may not have a safety switch, as a result the above risks are very real.
DIY Electrical Responsibility
Remember you do the work you are responsible if something goes wrong. Dodgy or simply inexperienced work on your home can result in a fire, there is a also danger of electrocution to people living or working on your home in the future. Be aware if an accident occurs you are liable if there is proof work has been completed by unqualified tradespeople
The result of this can be catastrophic with serious injury, death, in addition there will be no insurance coverage and heavy fines.
According to NSW Fair Trading ….“An electrical licence is required before any electrical wiring work can be undertaken in NSW, regardless of the cost of the work and regardless of whether the work is residential, commercial or industrial.”
According to NSW Fair Trading the definition of electrical work encompasses the manufacturing, constructing, installing, testing, maintaining, repairing, altering, removing or replacing of any electrical equipment.
There are many things you can DIY around your home, working with electricity is not one of them.
If you have any concerns your home has had DIY electrical work completed, give Paul a call on 0418214764.