An electrician is a must have for any homeowner to have on speed dial for a number of reasons. These are one of the most important professionals to hire instead of taking on the electrical work as a Do It Yourself projects, which can be such a dangerous task. If you are not a licensed, professional electrician, do not start dissembling the wiring in your home. Not only do they focus on and specialise in electrical work, they are also skilled in reading and understanding blueprints, reading and understanding technical diagrams and most importantly the skill to use all the correct power tools and equipment to get the job done safely and efficiently.
It might sound simple when somebody says ‘I’m an electrician’, but is not. Electricians install and maintain all of the electrical and power systems for your home. They also install and maintain wiring within the house and control equipment. These professionals usually focus on either construction or maintenance, even though the majority of electricians can do both. Electricians specialise in maintenance, on going fixing of electrical elements, and upgrading the existing electrical systems that have been put in place, as well as performing repairs on electrical equipment.
In simple terms, an electrician provides services that will ensure that your home is adequately lit, that the entire building wiring and electricity is connected, and is done so safely to avoid disasters such as electrical fires as well as water and electrical components clashing.
You would usually bring in or hire an electrician at the beginning of a construction job. For example, if a homeowner wants to start from scratch with their property by building a house or an office building, they would need to get the initial layout of the overall plans. The electrician must work hand in hand with other important contractors such as the architects, the labourers or construction workers and especially with the plumbers. When the electricians are installing wiring, they will obviously use hand tools, like conduit benders, screwdrivers, knives, hacksaws, and wire strippers, which all need to be used by someone with ample experience to make sure that every task is done safely and to the best quality.
Well this is a tough question, because there are many types of ways an electrician could charge their clients. The first way an electrician could charge their clients is by the hour. This would mean that no matter what the job is regarding, the electrician will need to be paid a flat rate of for example, R350 per hour. The second way an electrician would charge their client is by the parts, tools or labour needed to complete the job. This could be any price ranging form R350 to anywhere near R1000 where the electrician will charge for their time, they will charge for their labour and expertise and they will also charge for the parts and tools that they will use in the process of completing the job.
Besides the usual maintenance and fixing jobs that you would normally hire an electrician for, there are specialised jobs that will definitely require some professional electrical skills in order to be done safely and with quality. Here are some of the elements and home features that would require the help of a professional electrician.
Chandeliers are tricky enough to assemble let alone to connect electrically into a ceiling. A chandelier is a beautiful piece of decorative lighting to have any room, especially in a home that has stunning tall ceilings so that the chandelier can really be viewed in all its glory. Once the electricians have placed this chandelier correctly and more importantly, safely, the homeowner needs to think about when the chandelier needs to be serviced. Servicing a chandelier could simply mean taking it down to clean it, especially if it is glass or crystal. This would also need to be done by a professional or sometimes a team of professionals.
This may seem easy enough to install on your own, but it is quite a difficult task to from scratch all on your own. This is when you bring in the professionals to make sure that the fan is placed in the correct spot in the room in order to create the accurate amount of extra air flow throughout the room. The lights will also need to installed professionally if they are very technical, or if they are also being placed on a very high ceiling. These are not usually tasks that can be completed by the homeowner themselves.