Homeowners are permitted to undertake wiring in strict accordance with ECP 51.However, this should not be attempted unless the homeowner is confident that he or she has the knowledge, tools, and skills necessary for the task.
The switchboard protects the electrical wiring system in your home.
It comprises the main power switch, along with a number of fuses, or circuit breakers.
Each fuse or circuit breaker corresponds to a different area of wiring in your home.
The permanent cabling and fittings in your home are called electrical installations.
A licensed electrician generally carries out work on electrical installations and fittings.
Electrical installations can age and can become overloaded, particularly in old homes where the wiring was not designed for the number of electrical appliances in use today.
Warning signs that the installations in your home are becoming dangerous include plugs and sockets that are hot to the touch or have brown scorch marks on them, fuses that blow and circuit breakers that trip for no reason, and flickering lights.
These signs may mean that the wiring in your home needs upgrading.
If you a concerned, contact a licensed electrician.
When buying a house, or if you notice any of the above warning signs, have a licensed electrician or electrical inspector check the internal wiring.
They will be able to tell you if repairs are necessary and estimate the cost.