DIY home electrical work

Undertaking DIY electrical work in your home can save money but not knowing what you are doing can cost someone their life.

The law does allow homeowners to do certain electrical work if they comply with set standards. But, unless you know what you are doing, we advise that you use a licensed electrician. Installing your own wiring or fixing appliances is not as simple as it may seem, and puts you at risk of electric shock or causing a fire.  Also, if you sell the house or appliance at a later date, you may be liable under law for any consequence of your workmanship.

We recommend that for all wiring and appliance repair work, you use an electrician who is a member of the New Zealand Electrical Contractors' Association (ECANZ). Visit their website for a list of contractors in your area.

If you do decide to undertake the work yourself, make sure that you comply with the following national standards.

You should also comply with the following safety precautions:

  • make sure the power is turned off

  • carry out proper safety tests

  • do not connect the wiring yourself - this must be done by an electrical inspector

  • do not work on mains or main switchboards - a licensed electrician must do this