The Cable Guy: Guidelines for Home Electrical Repair

Electrical RepairVirtually every home today in Australia uses electricity to power its systems, appliances and electronic gadgets. Everything from the toaster you use for breakfast, to the television you use to watch the big game draws power from the house’s electrical system. But occasionally, these things fail and one way or another you would have to attend to the wirings to patch them up. They could be a burned fuse, loose wiring, or just in need of replacements.

So, when these need to be reorganised, fixed, maintained or replaced, it takes more than guesswork to do it. Here are three things Engineering Supplies says you should always consider.


Live electricity is considered a hazard wherever you go in the world. Being exposed to it can cause painful electrical shocks and worse, death. So a top concern here is safety. When working with your home’s electrical systems, take precautions. Remember to always turn off the power before working so you do not get any nasty surprises. Make sure you are grounded, wear insulated gloves, and use prying tools that have rubberised grips so the current doesn’t run through you.


Working with wires may leave you lost and confused which is which, and what goes where. So to prevent yourself from being buried under a tangle of black insulated cables, keep your work orderly by labeling them accordingly. Group them according to appliance usage, proximity, and the like. Using cable ties and other electrical accessories to wrap them all up is effective.


To be accurate, you need to document your work. Keep a written record of what went wrong, what you did, and note recommendations for improvement. The point of all this is to provide reference not only for yourself but others who may work on the electrical system in the future. This makes future work on it easier and simpler.

Working on electrical systems at home can be painstaking work. But remember the essentials, and you will be handling it like a pro in no time.