Reasons to Hire an Electrician: Outdoor Projects
Last modified: 2019/01/02 | Approximate reading time 3 mins
Electrical work is extremely intricate and complex, as various wires and connections must be in their rightful place for electricity to run successfully. Electricians are trained to know exactly how these connections work, completing electrical work correctly and efficiently. Although there are several renovation projects that homeowners can attempt to DIY, electrical work should be left up to the professionals.
The great outdoors consists mostly of analogue devices, flora and fauna. However, there are plenty of places that electrical work could be wanted and is necessary. Trying to find a connection in the grass or the ground can be complicated for the average homeowner, so we’ve compiled a list of outdoor projects that require an electrician!
Outdoor projects that require an electrician!
Installing outdoor lighting
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Whether it be small ambient lights around a patio or a security light clearly marking your driveway, an electrician can assist you in installing several types of outdoor lighting. Not every home is going to come equipped with outdoor wiring, and therefore, installing lights outside may be a serious challenge.
Luckily, an electrical contractor will be properly trained in ways to thread outdoor wiring where there isn’t any. Further, an electrician can assure that outdoor wiring is properly grounded for an outdoor environment, and a trained professional electrician can help you choose the correct type of lighting for an outdoor setting.
Outdoor lighting requires reliable power, and many do-it-yourself lighting kits and packages act as only a temporary lighting solution. These are often equipped with low-quality lights as well as low energy wattage. Especially true of landscaping lighting, outdoor lights should flawlessly blend in with the outdoor environment.
Using a kit and novice skills may not achieve this, so if you’re a homeowner in search of something with a bit more longevity, then it is recommended that you hire an electrician to take care of this project seamlessly!
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Creating a backyard kitchen
Especially during summertime, many homeowners spend hours outside with friends and family. Whether this means cooking, drinking or eating, the thought of an outdoor kitchen seems almost too good to be true! However, this dream could surely become a reality with the help of an electrical contractor.
An open-air kitchen is excellent for entertaining, but of course, requires a fair amount of electrical work. If you’re planning a more complex outdoor kitchen with natural gas lines, electricity and water, you will need the help of a professional. First, it is important for homeowners to access the availability of power, or power supply, as this will help you to decide how the layout and functionality of your kitchen will play out. If there is no sign of outdoor wiring, an electrician will have to start from the ground up, literally.
If wiring exists already, electricians will be able to gauge the amount of power you have access to. Of course, this will be dependent on the size of outdoor kitchen you wish to create, so it’s best to call up a qualified electrician after you’ve drafted a few versions of your backyard kitchen.
Enjoying underground pools and spas
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Having a pool or spa on your property is an absolute luxury. However, in the majority of cases, this is not the type of project that homeowners are able to take on by themselves. Even a job that may seem simple, such as installing a smaller spa, often requires a professional.
Generally, both a pool contractor and electrician will work together to design the layout as well as lay the ground for the electrical work that is necessary to run the spa or pool. Further, many trained professionals will assist homeowners in acquiring the proper machinery, permits and materials. Installing a pool takes an ample amount of time, so make sure to have all plans in order months before getting in touch with the professionals.
If homeowners want to attempt to run underground electrical connections in the backyard themselves, then follow the instructions listed in our “How to run underground connections in your backyard” article. However, if the process seems too complicated or you’re taking on a bigger job, then as we’ve mentioned it is recommended that you contact an electrical contractor!
Disclaimer: All tasks that touch on electricity are very risky and should be completed under the safest conditions. Additionally, in certain parts of Canada, only certified electricians are allowed to do this type of work. Please check before you do any electrical work yourself.
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