Few household projects have a smaller margin for error — a single wrong move or momentary lapse in concentration can be fatal. Most municipalities require that a licensed professional, with knowledge, training, and insurance, do serious wiring and electrical work. Permits are required, and the work must be done to code to pass inspection. The United States has some 45,000 electrical fires a year, according to the National Fire Protection Association, and amateurs risk injury.
Check sites like Thumbtack and TaskRabbit to find professional services and home improvement helpers in your area.
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