It is always fulfilling to perform do-it-yourself projects. Not only does it save you a ton of cash, but it brings a sense of accomplishment that is worth bragging about. Performing your own electrical work gives you bragging rights that rank way above the average woodworker or gardener. In fact, without you they wouldn't be able to water their precious gardens or power up their little circular saws. But before you sit on your thrown, there are a few details that need to be discussed. Keep in mind, an electrocuted self-proclaimed electrician does not hold much clout.
Because of the serious risk factors, this project requires a strong knowledge of electrical theories. In other words, to become the best you must read and study like the best. There are many books on the market that provide resourceful information. Here are a few suggestions that will help you maintain your title as the do-it-yourself king.
The Audel Electrical course for apprentices and journeymen by Paul Rosenberg is a must have for all aspiring electricians. It can be used as a guide for those just getting their feet wet or as continuing education for those who have already performed several projects. It also include illustrations for a more comprehensive experience.
If you have several successful projects under your belt already, The Audel Electrical Trade pocket manual by L.W. Brittian will help solve those impromptu problems when in the middle of a project. Many electricians keep this reference in their tool box or workshop drawer.
As the world progresses, new inventions allow electricians to become more efficient in their craft. The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC) published a book title Test Instruments for Today's Electrician by George Patrick Schultz. The spiral bound text explains how to properly use and analyze results from the growing number of test instruments used in the field. Tools are not tools when not used properly.
These are only a few resources that aspiring do-it-yourself kings can utilize. There are many more. Help is only a resource away. But if you want to go beyond being a hobbyist and make the electrical field your career, then you will need professional training and an apprenticeship, both of which you can get at your nearest IEC training center. Use the form on this page to learn more.