Changing outlets, switches and sockets, may appear to be the one electrical project you can undertake on your own. Wrong. We often see the incorrect use of electrical wire in projects, especially when changing aluminum to copper wiring. Not all wires are the same, using the wrong wire can result in a short circuit or a broken fuse. If you are guessing on wires, you are asking for a problem.
A licensed electrician can install additional outlets in your home or change any of the ones you have to GFCIs (ground fault circuit interrupter). A GFCI outlet are designed to shut off power if water comes in contact with the electricity or the load of electricity becomes unbalanced, preventing a shock. Improper grounding can result in loss of power, or much worse, fire. Additionally, if you need extra outlets, your electrician can install those for you safely and confidently. Adding outlets requires cutting into the wall and replacing part of the wiring. Never attempt to do this on your own.
Many older homes do not have the GFCI feature discussed above. Many older homes have aluminum wiring, and many D.I.Y. electricians think they can safely splice together new copper wiring, with the old aluminum wiring. This is very dangerous. When two dissimilar metals touch, a process called galvanic corrosion occurs, which causes one of the metals to rust much faster than the other. The wires will expand and contrast due to heat differently, which will also loosen the connection. To connect copper wiring to aluminum wiring, you need a special connection, known as a splice connector. These ideal connectors are not considered a good fix because all they do is contain a paste that is supposed to help prevent corrosion. Over time, that paste can degrade and you’ll be in potentially worse shape than you were.
We hope that after reading this article you now always turn to a licensed electrician for any electrical matters in your home. At Handyco, located in Calgary Alberta, we are able to improvise on the spot to address any situation that occurs. Handyco contractors are equipped with the latest equipment and training providing them to get the job done quickly and safely. It doesn’t matter if you need a new electrical panel, or you need to add in a few plugs. Handyco has a certified technician working with us that can help you with all of your electrical needs.
Call us today at (403) 225-8894 to discuss your vision from your home, and how we can help bring that dream into reality!