Knowing how to solve electrical, mechanical and plumbing problems means really knowing your own house, and understanding the way it “breathes”.
However, there are many dwellings and conflicted opinions on whether people should be allowed to carry out this kind of work on their own, or leave it to a professional?
If you know your home’s architecture, installment, and how to deal with wires, mechanics and pipes, it should be a challenge. Let us go through the rough-in structure together, so you would understand the following tips regarding your house’s installment systems.
- If you want to do a major electrical work in your home, then you should certificate is in accordance with appropriate wiring regulations, and register it for compliance. You should be able to provide evidence that the work was carried out properly, and that you are “competent” for performing this kind of work. This is not required for smaller jobs, and you are entitled to do any electrical work in your home, as a homeowner.
- A small job can turn into a disaster. Seemingly simple work like installing wall lights or light switches can go wrong due to inadequate wiring. Damaged switches, cables and light fittings are an often sight when a professional electrician gets the call to fix the damage. Make sure you find enough info and instructions about performing any type of work, or consult a professional. It will save you both time and money.
- If you intend to sell your house someday, you must have a professional do the electrical work, because you will be asked for the electrical work certifications that the job was carried out properly. Electricians usually deny verifying homeowner’s own work. Always call a professional when it comes to major work, because it will be safer for you and your family to hire someone with lots of practical, on-site experience.
- Before you start doing anything – know your home’s plumbing system, get a grasp of the basic concepts of plumbing, and then try to apply the knowledge. You should know things like where the main waste line leaves the residence, which walls have pipes in them, in order to map the plumbing.
- Be sure you know where all of your shutoff valves are located. Whatever work you do, even if it is the smallest adjustment, locate them and know what they control. They are usually found in the basement, while the main shutoff is commonly placed where the water line enters the residence. The fastest way to the shutoff should always be kept in the back of your head, in case of required emergency water line shutoff.
- Learn how to sweat copper pipe – it is one of the essential skills in modern plumbing, and very easy to master. Basically, it all comes down to cleaning the copper, adding some flux, heating the joint, and applying the solder. Your solder joints will be functional, looking not that neat as they used to.
- Make sure you have more than all the required tools. If you realize that you do not have the tool you need while in the midst of work, it can be really frustrating. Major plumbing works are not advised to be performed by homeowners, and plumbers from Western Sydney advise checking for customer satisfaction if you decide that the DIY task is to much for you to handle.
- Central HVAC system is called a “split system”, with components installed both in the house, and outside of it. Mechanical work is performed by professional HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) mechanics. Furnaces, refrigerators, heat pumps, fuel lines, air conditioners and other ventilation, cooling and heating systems are things that fall into this category. You must be skilled with electric and gas-powered devices. Due to many different types of systems, HVAC mechanics are usually specialized for certain kinds of systems.
- Maintaining your HVAC system, however, should be done by you, in order to keep it in great shape for energy efficiency and maximum comfort. Be sure to change the blower filter on your air-conditioning system at least twice a year.
- Have your home properly air-sealed and insulated, for the HVAC system then functions more efficiently.
- Heating and cooling costs would be cut down if you use a programmable thermostat. When you are sleeping at night, or away from home, it allows the temperature to fall or rise (during winter or summer) when needed.
- Keep the outside components clean. Remove debris and dirt off the units. The vegetation should be cut back two feet on all sides.
- Have a trained technician to service your HVAC system once a year. Homeowners can perform simple maintaining tasks, but tasks like checking for different line leaks, or combustion in oil/gas furnaces is risky should be performed by experts.
Derek Lotts is a freelance writer searching for fame. He has an utterly curious mind and loves writing about recycling, gardening, home improvement and thinks these all fall under self-improvement. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment. In his free time likes spending time in nature with his wife. Follow him on twitter.