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Old 09-22-2010, 08:43 AM   #1
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Electrical work in the home

Can a home owner replace a switch or outlet on their own or have someone who is not a licensed electrician perform the work?


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Old 09-22-2010, 08:53 AM   #2
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Depends upon where you are located


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Old 09-22-2010, 08:56 AM   #3
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Rhode Island is the location. Is there somewhere I can go to get RI electrical codes specific to what electrical work can be done in a home by the home owner or non electrician?
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Many municipalities have general information regarding such matters on their websites, but to be sure, the simplest, most accurate route is to contact the municipality in which you reside. If you are not sure of that, look at your most recent property tax bill.
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Old 09-22-2010, 11:50 AM   #5
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I think generally you can do it yourself, but don't think someone is allowed to do work on other people's property.
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I is virtually impossible to enforce a law that homeowners can't replace and outlet or switch when they don't need a license to pick up the necessary items at any hardware store. Even building codes often don't come into play unless there are structural changes made.
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Old 09-22-2010, 07:52 PM   #7
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Most areas allow one to replace bad devices without permits/inspections. It's when you start to install new wires or upgrades that get into those requirements.

My experiences in New England however are somewhat mixed. They can be anal about bureaucracy to the point that you need a permit to spit on the sidewalk up there ...

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Old 09-22-2010, 09:40 PM   #8
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I am on the same page as KBsparky.

What I heard and confirmed that most states the homeowners can replace the switches or devices without permit however when you add new circuit or extened the exsting circuit then the permit do show up.

But only one area is off limit is apartment the Landlord should be aware that electrician will deal all of it.

Some states are pretty nutty with regulations I know couple east coast states are like split hair when try to get permits

Check with the local officals for latest info and code cycle as well due some are at diffrent cycle or have local addtional items add to it.



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