Domestic Wiring Repair
Some domestic wiring repair and diagnosis can be done by DIY’ers but our suggestion is always to hire a qualified electrician if you are not confident and experienced in what you are doing. In any case its always worth understanding your electrical system well enough to avoid shocks.
Even when you have turned everything off treat it as if it is live – this is by far the safest way to approach home wiring repairs. You should also make sure that any tools or testers with metal elements do not come into contact with live or grounded wires because explosions and burns can happen.
There is no reason to repair any of your wiring while the circuit is still live so the first step is always to turn your electrical circuit of at the fuze. this keeps you safe and it protects and sensitive components that are linked to your circuit form becoming damaged.
Repairs usually involve separating a wire, improving a wire’s connection and replacing a device or connector. If there is visible damage to a wire it can be cut back or taped up. If a device has suffered from arcing or heat damage then you will most likely have to replace the device.
To remove wires from terminals push down on the release plate using a small screwdriver and pull down on the wire. If this doesn’t work try pulling on the wire and rotating the device.
Repairing Exposed Wires
Repairing exposed wires – this is pretty simple! Unplug the device then wrap the exposed wires with electrical tape until the the wire is completely covered.
If you need to replace a plug see our blog post “Rewiring a plug” this will give you all the information you need.
In Over Your head?
There is nothing wrong with admitting you don’t know what you are doing when it comes to repairing domestic electrical circuits and devices. If you need help with any type of domestic electrical problem get in touch with us using our contact page.