If you ask anyone in the electrical business, they will say YES. If you're
even halfway "handy" and can follow directions in a book, go for it. Just be
sure anything you're working on is "dead" when you're messing with it.
Question: Does the house already have 220 coming in? If so, it's a piece of
cake. If not, you DO need an electrician.
In _almost_ every jurisdiction, a _home_ *owner* is allowed to do their own
electrical work. A 'building permit' _may_ be required, and you (the home
owner) may be required to pass a _very_basic_ test on electrical wiring
before the permit is issued. (NOTE: 'rules' for a =multi-family= structure
(condo/townhouse/etc.) *may* be different. There is a risk of 'bad effects'
from a defective job spreading to the *other* owner's property; thus a
'licensed and bonded' professional _may_ be mandated by law. )
The way to find out, authoritatively, is to *ask* whatever government
controls such things where you live. For a municipality, or an un-incorporated
'village', this will be the department that has the 'building inspector(s)'
in it. The city hall switchboard almost invariably can connect you to the
right people, with nothing more than a "building inspector's office" request.
We don't have any statewide requirements. It's all at the local level.
Short answer: whatever city or county you live in, call the city or
county government agency that issues building permits and ask what the
If you live inside Marion County, to be legal, you have two choices: hire
a licensed electrician, or obtain a homeowner electrical permit. The
latter isn't easy: when I did that some years back, you had to have your
plans approved by the Board of Electrical Examiners, and before you were
allowed to go before the board you had to pass a 10-question quiz over
the National Electrical Code. Minimum passing score is 7; even after
careful study of the Code, I only managed 6 right, but they gave me a
waiver anyway because all of my errors were on the side of safety (e.g.
What's the minimum size conduit for so many wires of such and such size?
Correct answer was 1 1/4 but I said 1 1/2). The process may have changed
since then, though; call the City-County Building and check.
Outside Marion County, it depends a *lot* on where you are. In Madison
County, for example, within the city limits of Anderson, you can do
whatever you want as long as you get it inspected when you're done;
outside the city limits, nobody cares: no license, no permit, no
inspection, do what you want. Most of Hamilton County is "nobody cares"
territory as well AFAIK (e.g. Noblesville lets anybody do anything
anywhere without a permit or inspection), but I believe things are
different within the Carmel city limits. Generally, the more rural you
get, the less anyone cares. [BTW, this means that some rural properties
are real nightmares. So keep that in mind if you ever move out in the
I live in Noblesville, but I'll probably call the building inspector's
office to see what they say. Noblesville is not the country outpost it
used to be, growing quite a bit these days.
Doug Miller wrote:
Talk to your local building inspector. You probably have to pull a permit
and get the work inspected after.
(I don't know anyone who has ever actually pulled a permit, or had the work
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