Working with electricity can be extremely dangerous, especially if you’re not careful. Even the most seasoned electricians are cautious and mindful of its power. While the DIY videos online might have you thinking you can tackle any electrical project on your list, there are some that you should leave to the experts. Here are four jobs you shouldn’t attempt on your own:

1. Changing or Altering Power Cables
Watch out for projects that require you to alter power cables and leave it up to the professionals. Changing them or trying to run more current through a line than it’s rated for can lead to electrical fires and severe body injuries.

2. Working in Junction Boxes
Junction boxes often house integral circuit wires, and that’s why it’s sealed off. Great care must be taken to turn off and test all the appropriate circuits. While an electrician has the training and experience to handle these changes, most homeowners don’t. We would advise altering anything in these boxes as it could cut off your home’s entire electric source.

3. Rewiring Electrical Circuits
If you’re planning on remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, you might need to update the wires.

There are a lot of requirements to consider when rewiring electrical circuits, such as adding a new electrical panel. In addition to this, figuring out which wire is best for your home is another difficult demand. You will also need to bring the system up to code as far as the number of circuits, outlets, and switches.

4. Troubleshooting Flickering Lights or a Hot Outlet
Do you notice dim or flickering lights when you turn on certain appliances like the microwave? Or do you have outlets and switches that are hot to the touch? This likely means you have an overloaded circuit. We suggest you turn it off and don’t investigate further or you could risk burning yourself.

We recommend you err on the side of caution when it comes to these projects to avoid any damages to your home and self.

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