Rant: Electrical Safety & DIY Installations
30th November, 2014
Our team at Electrical Warriors are a bit angry. Nothing gets us more riled up than seeing people take shortcuts with their electrical work and put their lives at risk. It just shouldn’t happen. It’s time to do something about it.
In the last 12 months, we have received a number of phone calls from people who have recently purchased property, but can’t get power. Why? Energex won’t reconnect their power because of issues with the electrical safety.
Hmmm… well that’s not a good sign.
You see, over the last few years, there’s been so many TV shows and articles and things about home renovation. You see on the TV these people working with electrical renovations, and think that maybe it doesn’t look too difficult. So you hop on Google and get a little tutorial on what do to. You find out what equipment you need, and pop down to the local hardware store. It’s as easy as pie, and your hardware store sells you the equipment you need with no problems.
Except that it’s illegal to do your own electrical work unless you are a licenced contractor.
But why, you ask? Even though it looks easy on the TV, there’s a lot that they don’t show you. Like, for example, how dangerous it would be to make a mistake. Or the correct way to do things so that you meet Australian regulations.
Anyway, many people get lucky. They manage to get the job done by themselves without dying or frying anything. Then a few years later, they sell the house and move on with their lives, and everyone lives happily ever after.
Well, not quite.
You see, the next people to purchase the house just don’t know what they’re getting. Most people know to do a pest inspection and building inspection (if you don’t do this, you’re a bit silly). They figure that if those inspections pass, the house is safe and the sale should go ahead. Great news for the real estate agent, and great news for the previous home owners.
What they don’t realise is that the electrical wiring of the home is a ticking time bomb assembled by an amateur (at best) and that at any moment, they could be put in danger or be up for some very expensive repairs. Would you like to be put in that situation?
The thing is, you won’t die from termites, and you are unlikely to die from dry rot or a few holes in the ceiling. But you can die from faulty wiring and electrical issues.
Let me ask you this:
If you bought a $20,000 second hand car, would you get a road worthy certificate? Well, yes, the law requires it – and for a good reason. A faulty car is dangerous.
If you bought a $300,000+ property, why wouldn’t you get a pre-purchase electrical inspection? And why doesn’t the law require it?
It’s time to put an end to the DIY electrical nightmare. Enough people have suffered. The best way to stop this from happening is to make an electrical safety inspection compulsory before any home changes hands. This will stop the DIYers in their tracks, and ensure that no one gets a nasty surprise after they buy a property.
Don’t you agree?
– Rant Over! –