DIY Handyman: What DIY Electrical Work Can You Do Yourself?


When it comes to electricity, many of us can forget how dangerous it can be. Whether it’s flicking on a light or charging up our phones, we’re so used to how safe electricity is in our day-to-day lives, it can make us feel we can probably also tackle any DIY electrical fix without calling in the professionals.

This would be a mistake! It is always advisable to call in a professional electrician when considering electrical change. And you’re in luck as we have some great specialists in our network of local handyman services around London.

Electrical Work Should Comply with Part P of the Building Regulations –

When conducting new electrical work, it should comply with Part P of the building regulations. Which means, many of the electrical work that you might wish to try, might need to be conducted by a registered electrician.

But is there any electrical work you can do at home? There are some DIY tasks that you can do, including:

    Replacements, Minor Repairs and ‘Like for Like’ Changes –

  1. These are the main electrical jobs that you’ll be allowed to undertake yourself. So, you might want to change and/or move sockets, ceiling lights or light switches. You can even look to change any wires that might look old or damaged.
  2. Similarly, if a room doesn’t have enough switches, sockets or lights, you are allowed to install more of these into a room. Which is particularly useful in buildings where things like sockets are in inconvenient places or you’re just not given enough plugs for a family to comfortably all use.
  3. Keep in mind, though, you will not be allowed to do any DIY electrical repairs if it’s in a bathroom or kitchen or located outside. As these places require a specialist, particular due to the fact there will be water in these places.

Can a Non-Qualified Handyman Complete Notifiable Work? –

Notifiable electricity work is that which will involve changing a fuse board or installing new circuits and this work will need a Building Regulations application (where any work will need to be inspected for safety). People will normally get an electrician for this work, as not only is it complicated and dangerous, but electricians can usually self-certify any work.

Those looking to ‘DIY’ electrical work are allowed to do notifiable work; however, you must go through the Building Regulations and have the work checked and verified by a professional electrician when the work is complete. This can be time-consuming and costs money – meaning it might have been easier getting the electrician over in the first place.

Be Extremely Careful! –

Regardless of whether you’re doing a few small changes, or something larger that will need to meet regulated standards, it is essential that you take your time and be as safe as possible. We can’t stress this enough. This means that everything you do should be double (even triple!) checked. You may even want to work with someone else, who will help make sure you’re not making silly mistakes.

It’s also important that you give yourself lots of time to finish electrical work, as this should never be something that is rushed or that you do at night, tired after a long day at work.

In general, our advice is to call in a professional certified electrician so that you have peace of mind, and our team of experienced handymen and electricians is ready to advise you.

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