There’s a bit of confusion out there about what you can and cannot do without calling a sparky.
In layman’s terms, the rules are:
- You must be a homeowner. The work can only be at your home. You cannot do electrical work for a mate, workplace, community centre, church, etc. Not even if you own the place.
- You may replace fittings, such as light switches, power points and light fittings. You can disconnect and reconnect your stove.
- You can shift a switch or power point, but you may not extend the wiring.
- If you install any new wiring, you must have it inspected and the electrician must sign it off before livening it.
It’s pretty simple really. The best thing to do is leave it to a tradesman and know it is safe and right. Some insurance policies specifically exclude homeowner electrical work – be safe rather than sorry.