Electrical Repairs You Shouldn’t Try at Home!


Electricity is very helpful in today’s life. It is also very dangerous if it is not handled well. This is why you will find many states have codes regulating how the electrical appliances and wiring can be done. They should be done by highly qualified professionals.

There are some simple fixtures you can handle. For example, if your bulb blows, you can always buy another one and replace without calling an electrician. But, if you don’t have a lot of experience on how certain tasks can be handled, then it is better for you to call a professional. Take your time and compare different professional so that you will decide on the best.

Electrical alterations and repairs you shouldn’t try at home!

1. Replacing or repairing your circuit breaker box.

If you discover your circuit breaker is not installed correctly. Then you should avoid trying to fix it if you are not an electrical expert. Just call your electrician to handle it. This is due to the great danger you will be exposed to when trying to handle the circuit breaker. It can lead to overloads which will melt wires and burn your home.

Always call a licensed electrician who will assess the condition of the circuit breaker box and install it the right way. Buy genuine circuit breaker which will protect your home against possible incidences of fire. There are some experts who are known to respond very fast to emergency. You can call them so that you will get the electrical problem dealt with accordingly.

2. Repairing your home wiring

There are times when you will discover the wiring in your home is not working well. It may have been broken or you will just like to extend it to other areas in your home. You should be careful. Instead of risking your life, just call an expert for the services. Making wrong connections can easily electrocute you or even burn your home.

3. Replacing or adding new wiring in your home

Sometimes you may be tempted to add new wiring or replace the one which was installed in your home some years back. You will be committing a crime if you will proceed. Always call a professional for the services. This is necessary for you to avoid risk of fire or electrocuting yourself. It is also necessary for you to hire a professional because your insurance will be void if you will tackle the wiring extension yet you are not licensed and the home end up in fire due to electrical fault.

4. Water Damaged Electrical appliance repair

Sometimes water can enter your home and damage electrical appliances. Water is a good conductor of electricity; you will risk electrocution if you will try to repair such appliances. Just unplug the appliance and call a professional who will have a look at it and fix the problem.

At Green Van Electrical we offer the best electrical repairs in Kapiti. You can rely on us for quality services. We will offer you a fully licensed Kapiti electrician who will serve you well. We can as well offer you an electrician in Waikanae and other parts. Just visit us at www.greenvanelectrical.co.nz.

Don’t Try These DIY Jobs at Home


Going the DIY route is exciting and can be a low-cost way of completing various home projects. However, you should not attempt every project on your own. Some require the expertise and experience of a professional. Attempting to do them can be unsafe and can cause more damage, costing you even more money.

Here are 5 home projects you definitely should not do yourself.

1. Electrical work

Electrical work is a big no-no when it comes to DIY-ing. The safety risk is just too much for you to go around messing with wires and electrical appliances. Of course there are simple electrical projects you can carry out. For example, you can change bulbs, install a dimmer switch and change your ceiling fan. Installing and replacing simple electrical fixtures is not so difficult or risky.

The problem comes in when you try to tackle bigger electrical projects. For instance, do not attempt to do the wiring for the additional room you have just built. Anything involving modifying existing electrical circuits should be left to a licensed electrician in Wellington. Otherwise, you will be putting yourself and your whole family at risk.

2. Tree and stump removal

It may seem easy to just wield a power saw and cut down an old tree or get rid of a stump. But the work requires tremendous skill and experience. It is a high-risk job you should not attempt on your own. Not only could you injure yourself, you could also damage property. Even if you are just trimming off large branches, leave it to the professionals. If those overhanging branches or that decaying tree is bothering you, get on the phone and call the experts.

3. Home structural changes

There are simple home renovations you can do on your own. For instance, you can install new flooring in your bathroom or you can give your kitchen a new coat of paint. But any major renovations that involve touching your home’s structure should be left to the experts.

A good example is adding a new room or expanding an existing one. Knocking down a wall is not as easy as you may thing especially if there are electrical and plumbing works behind it. Do you know which are your load-bearing walls? Another area you should not touch is the foundation: You could compromise the integrity of your entire home.

4. Plumbing

Like electrical work, plumbing can be incredibly complex. One mistake and you could flood your whole house and cause a lot of damage. Or you could be dealing with an overflowing toilet that won’t stop. Before you even think of doing any plumbing repairs or upgrades, consult a licensed plumber and seek their services. In the end it will save you time and money and ensure that the work is done well.

5. Roofing

You don’t know the true condition of your roof until you are up there. Whether installing new guttering or fixing loose tiles, the roof really is one place where ‘one wrong step’ can have serious consequences. Even if the surface looks dry, there is still the chance of slipping on moss or stumping a toe and falling headlong.

The longer an inexperienced person spends on a roof alone, the greater the chance that an accident will happen. Give this job to the professionals and use the time to work on other projects around the home.

Commercial and Residential Electricians in Wellington

Enjoy quality electrical installations and electrical repairs from Green Van Electrical. Serving Kapiti Coast and Wellington, the company also provides solar installation and maintenance services. Visit their website at www.greenvanelectrical.co.nz to view their complete range of services and to request a free quote for your project.

Green Van as Electrical Service Provider


Green Van Electrical was started by Monica and Iain Mclsaac in 2008 to supply intelligent and eco-friendly electrical solutions to the Kapiti and Wellington regions. During the last seven years we have expanded our business up to Porirua, the Hutt Valley and Levin.

Services provided by the company

Green Van Electrical offers a wide variety of electrical repairs in Wellington and Kapiti: Services for residential as well as commercial establishments include design and installation of lighting solutions and solar power systems. Our electricians work not only on newly built houses and buildings but also on existing ones to provide electrical repairs and installation services.

We also provide solar installation to the builders, architects and property management companies in the Wellington & Kapiti areas. Along with installing the electrical products our professionals also pass on their passion of using sustainable energy to reduce their clients’ consumption of energy. We also focus on the design and installation of unique lighting as well as home theatre and sound systems for both residential and commercial buildings.

Residential electrical services

Green Van Electrical provides smart but sustainable electrical solutions for homeowners in the Wellington and Kapiti regions. As well as general electrical repairs we offer tailored electrical services for our customers including the installation, repair and maintenance of heat pumps, sound systems and home theatres. We also design and install indoor and outdoor lighting solutions and cabling and wiring for solar installations.

Commercial electrical services

Green Van Electrical provides comprehensive electrical services for commercial and business establishments including the management and installation of electrics to offices and shops. Our professional electrical contractor focuses on providing proficient and safe electrical repairs and maintenance services. We provide electrical solutions to various types of clients including property managers, landlords, architects, business owners, interior designers, builders and landscape designers.

Installation of solar power panels

If you are planning to install solar panels on your residential or commercial premises in Wellington and Kapiti then Green Van Electrical can be the best option for you. Our professionals will visit your home or office to give you advice about solar installations. We are passionate about solar power because it:

  • acts as a sustainable source of energy with zero pollution
  • is an environmentally friendly source of renewable energy
  • provides a fuel free source of energy generation
  • reduces the production of greenhouse gases
  • increases the value of your property

Find out more about smart electrical solutions provided by Green Van Electrical via our website at www.greenvanelectrical.co.nz and remember we service the entire Greater Wellington area including Kapiti and the Hutt Valley.