Originally Posted by Birch812
I am all for DIY home projects but think anything over changing out receptacles and lamps should be done by professionals. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
I have seen people in older buildings where knob and tube wiring
is present just tap into the wires and intermingle it with grounded systems, usually with bad results.
I had a buddy install a light outside his deck and blew out 3 TVs before he asked for help, its a good thing he didn't burn down his house.
It also becomes dangerous for the poor [censored] who has to come in and work on their work.
We have a lot of power outages due to downed trees and snow/ice sometimes lasting days. The way some have portable generators wired into their panel box its no wonder someone does not get killed, especially the guys out trying to re-establish power to their home.
Electricity is not difficult to understand but caution needs to be used. This is one of the main reasons the townships are tightening up on the regs. You can't even put a PVC shed without a building permit, following setback requirements and using footings. Sad to say but people brought this on themselves.
Oh. pleeeeeeeze!! With as much info available most folks should be able to handle DIY's above replacing a receptacle.
Just because a "professional" did it doesn't mean it's done right. Case in point, my home. Bought new in 2004. As I started to do things, like add receptacles, water softener, family room, I came across numerous violations.
1. Most electrical receptacles/switches had 1/4"-3/8" exposed wire. That be a no-no. The receptacle for the gas water heater fan had close to an inch.
2. Three gang switch boxes, instead of pigtailing and wire nut, back stripped sections out of one long hot (black wire) and looped it over each hot on the switches. Another No-no.
3. Bathroom exhaust fan was 50 CFM, based on sizing calculations it should have been close to 100 CFM. My guess is, the GC got a deal on 50 CFM's and that is what was put in regardless of sizing requirements.
4. Incoming expansion tank was placed on the downstream (outlet hot) side of the water heater. Should be on the cold inlet side.
5. Ceiling fans hung from standard box nailed to the side of a joist.
The list goes on and on.... AND should have been caught by the township inspector.
Make no mistake, permits are for revenue generation PERIOD. I've added numerous circuits to my breaker box. Breaker sizes are easily calculated. Added a sink in my garage. Above cabinet lighting.... Ain't none of hard.