7. Electricity Deserves Your Utmost Respect
In our March 2011 issue of Canadian Home Workshop (on newsstands now), we have an article called “50 Things Every Handyman Should Know.” Item No. 7 in that list looks at how you should approach electricity. In a match of you versus 120 volts, the electricity will win. Before you mess with a wire or electrical outlet, wave a non-contact voltage tester around. Also, keep in mind that a non-contact voltage tester may register a live wire even though you have cut its juice. A parallel wire with current can induce current in its otherwise “powerless” neighbour. Actually, before you do anything with electricity, make sure you have the proper know-how, including whether or not your province or territory allows for DIY electrical work.
Do you have any additional tips for working with electricity?